Your Asthma Could Get Worse
Noah Siegel, M.D, a board-certified sleep physician at Harvard and otolaryngologist, says that people suffering from dust allergies or allergic asthma could experience nasal congestion and airway breathing problems while sleeping on a dusty old mattress. “Plain old asthma has what we call circadian rhythm, and it tends to work in the evening and the night,” Dr. Siegel says. “Then you add on top of that environmental exposures related to the mattress and you kind of get insult to injury there.” Cynthia Bodkin, M.D. Indiana University Health neurologist and sleep medicine physician, adds that sleeping on an old mattress won’t directly cause nighttime asthma, but it could worsen symptoms for those who have the condition. Plus: Make your own cleaner with simple ingredients.
You Could Sleep On Mold
According to Slate, after eight years your mattress becomes heavier after collecting dust, dead skin cells, and gallons of sweat. Dr. Siegel says that moisture issues from sweat could cause mold within a mattress, and thus potential allergies. “Mold is a possibility of something that, as the result of an old mattress, can potentially impact your breathing and your health,” Dr. Siegel says. “Mold is a difficult allergy to identify clearly, there are lots of different types, but somebody can be truly allergic to it, or they could be sensitive.” Here are the things bedrooms of good sleepers have in common.
You Could Experience Back or Neck Pain
“Neck and low back pain is a common complaint due to the lack of support from an old mattress,” Todd Goldman, who has been a chiropractor for 22 years, says. Specifically, sleeping on an old and unsupportive mattress stresses the ligaments, tendons, and joints of the spine, Goldman says. As the mattress gets older, it will become softer and less supportive of the spine, adds Kavita Sharma, M.D. a board-certified pain management physician with ten years of experience treating patients in New York. This means that it will be more difficult to maintain proper posture at night. “Maintaining proper posture is helpful in mitigating lower back pain,” Dr. Sharma says. These are the best sleep positions for people with back pain. Plus: These are the top 100 cleaning hacks for your home.