Most people change their houses, cars and jobs more often than they change their mattresses and pillows, which could be greatly affecting their short- and long-term health. The wrong bed — or a bed that is too old — can have a number of negative impacts on your health, and can greatly affect your mental and physical performance throughout the day. If you think your bed could be causing health problems, read on to find out about the common ways beds contribute to poor health.

Build-up of dust mites

Throughout the lifetime of a bed, dust mites and other tiny insects invade the mattress and bedding and begin to build up. Some of these insects harbour germs and irritate your skin, but it is generally the build-up of their excrement that causes allergic reactions in some people. If you find you become congested immediately after climbing into bed, then this may be what is affecting you.

Excess moisture

Over the years, mattresses also absorb excess moisture from our bodies and the atmosphere. This not only makes the bed feel colder than it actually is, but also promotes the growth of mould, which is especially bad for allergy sufferers. New mattress technology helps reduce the amount of moisture collected over the years, but if you have an old bed then the only way to solve the problem is to get rid of it.

Lack of comfort

It is common knowledge that there is a strong link between sleep and mental and physical performance. Quality sleep helps burn body fat, reduce stress, increase mental efficiency, reduce the risk of some diseases, repair cellular damage — the list goes on. If your bed isn’t comfortable, either because it doesn’t suit you or because it’s too old, then you may not be getting the best sleep that you could be.

A comfortable mattress allows you to get far better sleep, which not only makes you more energetic throughout the day, but also improves your overall health. If you toss and turn a lot at night and have a hard time falling asleep, then there is a good chance your bed isn’t comfortable enough for you.

Lack of support

A mattress that is overused not only makes sleeping uncomfortable, but it can also bring about physical injury. When a mattress is old it begins to sag, which adds tension to your joints and lacks the proper support for your spine. While you may still be getting enough sleep on your current mattress, it could be contributing to the slow development of chronic pain in your back, neck and other joints.

Wrong bedding materials

The materials you use for your bedding may also be affecting your health. If you have bought a new bed and still seem to be suffering from allergies, then the key may be in the materials of your bedding itself. Doonas, sheets and pillowcases that are made from synthetic fibres are often culprits of irritated skin and other allergy symptoms. Sleeping on all-natural cotton, wool, silk or bamboo bedding may be all you need to clear up the problem.

If you seem to be suffering from health problems such as allergies and chronic joint pain, it’s worthwhile to look to your bed for a solution. Beds that are old or that don’t provide the proper support for your body can have a large impact on both your mental and physical health.