For decades, humans have been sleeping on springs. Remember those squeaky mattresses from the past? This was the standard in the bedding market, but it is now changing thanks to the advent of memory foam. So, is it time to ditch your springy mattress? Here are the main potential dangers associated with old-fashioned sleeping surfaces.
Drawbacks of Design
Conventional types have springs inside a cushioned structure. The latter is what your body rests on. The springs push back on with equal force everywhere, which results in more pressure felt by some parts of your body during sleep. A major drawback here is reduced comfort as a consequence of uneven pressure.
Old-school mattresses do not conform to your body contours. They were devised as a universal, one-size-fits-all, solution.
If you suffer from aches and pains, opt for a memory foam mattress. In the long run, the uneven pressure created by coils may worsen your blood circulation and cause muscle pain. Naturally, your sleep may be ruined. The cheapest products may have 600 springs, but these are also the worst. If you are still determined to sleep on springs, never accept fewer than 1000.
If you suffer from back pain, steer clear of coils altogether. They cannot contour your body perfectly, and the gaps that appear will only exacerbate your problems. Memory foam, on the other hand, will leave no gaps, providing the best spine support.
Loss of shape
In terms of durability, remember that spring mattresses tend to sag over time, as the strength of their inner springs deteriorates over the years. This means you will be sleeping on a softer surface with less relief support. Generally, this starts after 5 years of use.
Another issue is maintenance. If your mattress has now a pillow top, you have to rotate and flip it regularly. This adds to your household chores, taking up time, and adding frustration. Memory foam products hold their shape and do not require any manipulations.
If your mattress has fewer springs and a fluffy polyester top, dust mites could use the empty spaces as their nesting ground. Hardly an appealing prospect! According to experts, a typical mattress could have up to 10 million dust mites.
Although the bugs cannot be seen with the naked eye, they can exacerbate allergies, cause itchiness, watery eyes, and many more unpleasant conditions. Their presence is extremely dangerous for people with asthma. You could even experience shortness of breath due to these little creatures.
There are a few benefits, though.
- natural materials
- low cost
- body temperature control
Spring mattresses are made of natural materials, and the air flows through them freely. This type of sleeping surface will also reduce sweating, hence, the temperature control.
The latest models have anti-bacterial protection and multi-layered grime. You can even get a double-sided model that is flipped when seasons change. However, in case of muscle pain or spine issues, they are still not an option.