There are many things that could be disturbing your sleep at night. Maybe your bedroom is too hot or too cold, street noise or a snoring partner are interrupting your slumber, or you suffer from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Or maybe you’ve been really stressed out at work or home and your mind is too anxious to drift off to sleep.
These are all common culprits behind insomnia or poor-quality sleep. But sometimes the answer isn’t so obvious.
In some cases, the cause of your sleepless nights might actually be your mattress. Here are three signs that your mattress is preventing you from enjoying a quality night of sleep.
You wake up feeling sore in your back or joints.
The mattress may not be what caused your initial pain — after all, one analysis found around 80 percent of Americans will experience acute lower back pain at least once in their lives. But it is possible your mattress is making things worse, leading to pain and causing you to toss and turn at night.
If your mattress is too soft, it won’t support your spine properly. If it’s too hard, it may dig into your spine and put extra pressure on your joints. It’s important to test out different mattresses until you determine which firmness will provide appropriate support for your body in order to help you enjoy pain-free sleep.
You constantly wake up feeling overheated — even though your room is cool.
Some mattresses, especially memory foam models, can “run hot” during the night and cause you to overheat. This can make you sweaty and uncomfortable, which increases the chances that you’ll wake up throughout the night. Especially if you sleep with a partner, some mattress materials can “trap” your body heat rather than dissipating it. Look for a mattress or topper with temperature-regulating technology to ensure this doesn’t happen.
You wake up with a runny nose or itchy eyes.
If you wake up feeling like you’re in the midst of an allergy attack, that could be a sign that mold, bacteria, or dust mites in your mattress are bothering you. If you wake up feeling nasty, just imagine what your body is going through when you breathe in these things all night long.
“Along with cleaning your sheets and pillowcases regularly, you can help prevent bacteria and other microorganisms from building up in your mattress and pillows by protecting them with allergen-proof covers,” a Prevention article advises.
If you believe your mattress might be contributing to your sleep deprivation, don’t panic. Just commit yourself to finding a solution to these issues so you’re able to enjoy some much-needed sleep.
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