You are getting between 6-8 hours of sleep per night. You are going to bed early. You are avoiding caffeine at night. Yet, you feel tired the next day. You might even wake up with a slightly sore back or sore muscles. What’s going on?

Chances are you have an old, worn out, or cheaply manufactured mattress. The main thing to consider is the age of your mattress. If you take proper care of your mattress, it should last between 7-10 years. A mattress much older than this could bring potential hygienic issues. For instance, people tend to sweat a lot during sleep. This obviously goes straight to your mattress and leads to mold and spores. A good mattress protector could prevent this. Dust mites are the next thing to consider, which develops as our dead skin builds up. Lastly, deformation is an important thing to consider. Properly built mattresses will hold their shape even when much weight is applied to it, whereas a poorly built mattress will start dipping in the center.

Contrary to what people believe, you cannot use the same mattress forever. You can, however, make sure that you invest in a quality mattress. If you don’t, you might want to read on to see what an inferior mattress could really cost you in the long run.

1. Diminished Memory

A good night’s sleep promotes better memory. The Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage helps to solidify information into our memory. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep or don’t get enough sleep, you reduce your ability to retain the information needed for memory. Investing in a quality mattress could promote better sleep, which in return could promote better memory.

2. Less Awareness and Creativity

Your cognitive abilities rely on you getting a good night’s rest. If you find yourself feeling less aware during the day, despite going to bed early, you might need to think about upgrading your mattress. Be more aware and creative during the day, and get a good night’s sleep on SpineAlign's Luxury Hybrid mattress.

3. Increased Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure reduces during each of the REM stages, and interrupting those sleep cycles may keep your blood pressure from reducing properly. This can lead to potential heart issues. Stress can cause your blood pressure to increase, and a bad night’s sleep can prevent your body from releasing hormones that regulate stress in your body.

4. Weight Gain

Whether you choose to believe it or not, a less than quality mattress can cause you to gain weight. By not getting quality sleep, your metabolism slows down, which in turn makes it harder for your body to burn fat. Your hunger levels are also affected by the quality of your sleep.