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.
You Could Be More Stressed
A study compared the sleep quality and stress-related symptoms between people sleeping in older beds versus newer ones. They found that new bedding systems increased sleep quality and reduced back discomfort—factors that could decrease stress-related symptoms. Similarly, stress and sleep are often interlinked. Stress keeps many adults from getting the sleep they need, and a lack of sleep could contribute to stress. So if your old mattress makes it hard for you to sleep, your stress levels could increase creating a cycle.
Your Memory Could Suffer
If you have trouble sleeping on an old mattress your memory could also suffer. Dr. Siegel says one of the functions of sleep is memory consolidation. And if you’re uncomfortable at night due to an old mattress, that isn’t happening to the optimal extent. The REM sleep stage is specifically known to help us retain information. One study had two groups of people perform the same task. Half of the group was then allowed to sleep before completing the task again. Those who slept were able to complete the task better the second time since they retained the prior information better. Ever heard of Swedish death cleaning? Here’s what you need to know.