Lying on an uneven or lumpy mattress long term can cause worsening pain, poor posture, and misalignment of your spine. Avoid innerspring, pillow top, very soft mattresses or other beds susceptible to sagging.
A sagging mattress can lead to uneven spinal support, which may cause pressure to build up in your back and neck as you sleep. Seeing permanent body indentations in the mattress is a clear sign that it needs replacing.
A mattress that’s too soft will cause your spine to fall out of alignment all night long, and a mattress that’s too firm will cause joint pressure in your hips that leads to pain in your lower back. You’re certain to feel this pain as soon as you try to get out of bed. You’re tossing and turning all night.
An old mattress, or one that is not a good fit for your needs, can damage a lot more than your sleep. The consequences of a poor mattress range from chronic back pain to allergies and weight gain.
Then, you could be at risk for difficulty breathing, chest tightness, or even trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath. Of course, even a mattress that’s a few months old can have dust mites, just not (nearly) as many as what would be in an older mattress or worse, a secondhand mattress.
Consumer Reports magazine recommends replacement every 7 to 10 years. This may be a shock to many people who have purchased a mattress with a 20-year warranty. You should know that the warranty is meant to cover certain parts (springs) and workmanship and not a mattress’s overall comfort.
Can a bad mattress cause body aches? Yes. Aches and pains are another one of the top bad mattress symptoms to watch for. If you’re waking up with aches and pains in places like your lower back, neck, and shoulders, it’s possible that your mattress is not providing the support you need while sleeping.
Elevating the head of the bed by six to nine inches (15 to 23 cm) is recommended for both sleep apnea and acid reflux. You should still be comfortable enough to get a full night’s sleep, so try starting at a lower elevation instead of going straight to nine inch risers.