There are many things that could be disturbing someone’s sleep at night. Maybe their bedroom is too hot or too cold, street noise or a snoring partner are interrupting their slumber, or they suffer from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Or maybe they’ve been really stressed out at work or home and their 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 someone’s sleepless nights might actually be their mattress. Here are three signs that one’s mattress is preventing them from enjoying a quality night of sleep.
Waking up feeling sore in the back or joints.
The mattress may not be what caused the 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 their mattress is making things worse, leading to pain and causing them to toss and turn at night.
If a mattress is too soft, it won’t support one’s spine properly. If it’s too hard, it may dig into one’s spine and put extra pressure on their joints. It’s important to test out different mattresses until people determine which firmness will provide appropriate support for their body in order to help them enjoy pain-free sleep.
Constantly waking up feeling overheated — even though their 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.
Waking up with a runny nose or itchy eyes.
If people wake up feeling like they’re in the midst of an allergy attack, that could be a sign that mold, bacteria, or dust mites in their mattress are bothering them. If people wake up feeling nasty, just imagine what their body is going through when they breathe in these things all night long.
“Along with cleaning one’s sheets and pillowcases regularly, people can help prevent bacteria and other microorganisms from building up in their 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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Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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