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Waking Up in Pain? It Might Be Your Mattress.

Do you find yourself waking up in the morning with aches and pains? Does your mattress show signs of overuse such as sagging or lumping? Mattress Firm hears your complaints and wants to help!

It may be time to evaluate the state of your mattress. This twice-a-year checkup just might save you from mattress-related aches and pains.

Is it Time to Replace?

"If you feel fine at night but wake up every morning really stiff, obviously something happened over the course of the night," said Sunni Goodman, Mattress Firm director of communications. "It's probably your mattress."

"Whether the mattress is starting to break down or wasn't the right support for you in the first place, it's time to think about replacing it."

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Old < New: It's Science

In 2006, Oklahoma State University completed a study that showed that regardless of participant age, weight, height and gender, sleep quality and comfort is related to mattress quality.

Published in both the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and the Journal of Applied Ergonomics, the study included 59 participants who compared sleeping on their own mattresses that were at least five years old with sleeping on a new bedding system.

More than 62 percent reported reduced back and shoulder pain, more than 64 percent reported improved sleep quality, and nearly 70 percent reported improved sleep comfort.

According to the Better Sleep Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about healthy sleep habits, it's time for a new mattress if you wake up with stiffness, numbness, tingling, aches and pains; you have a better night's sleep somewhere other than your own bed, and/or your mattress shows signs of overuse such as sagging or lumping.

Furthermore, since everyone's body changes over time, it's quite possible that a good night's sleep yesterday has turned into a nightmare today.

"EASE" Into a New Mattress with No Complaints

The council recommends folks "EASE" into the purchase of a new mattress:

  • EEvaluate current mattress
  • AArm yourself with knowledge
  • SShop to find the right mattress
  • EEnsure quality care

Even without mattress misfortunes, Goodman said any mattress that's been in use for eight years should be evaluated to ensure it is still providing the best support.

If you think it might be time to learn more about how a new mattress could help you sleep better and ease your morning complaints, Mattress Firm is ready to help. Come into a Mattress Firm location today and talk to one of our sleep consultants.

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