Take Control of Your Sleepless Night: 3 Reasons a New Mattress May Help You Sleep Better

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After counting sheep, sipping calming tea, and lying in the dark for hours, you still can't get to sleep. If that's a scenario that's all too familiar with you, you may want to talk to a health care professional about the problem. For many people who battle sleepless nights, one simple solution is getting a new mattress. You may be surprised to learn how a new mattress can help you get a better night's sleep.

Relieve Back and Neck Pain

If you have neck or back pain, it's important to take a look at the type of mattress you're currently sleeping on. According to WebMD, those with back and neck issues need to shop for a mattress that is medium-firm. Alternately, you may select a new mattress that's firm as long as you choose a softer pillow top. One thing's clear, though. If you are suffering with back and neck pain, your current mattress may be making it nearly impossible for you to get a good night's sleep because soft mattresses allow you to sink too far for comfort, while a mattress that's too hard will put pressure on the back and neck that needs relief.

Stop Twisting and Turning

If you twist and turn all through the night, your sleep is being interrupted on a continual basis. That makes it impossible to get a good night's sleep. The culprit may be your mattress. You may not immediately notice the correlation, but a good way to test this is to sleep overnight at a hotel with a nice bed. If you don't toss and turn when you're away from home, you probably should get a new mattress.

Kick Unexplained Aches and Pains to the Curb

If you're waking up with unexplained aches and pains anywhere on your body, it may be time for a new mattress. The surprising source that's making you wake up with those pains may be an old mattress that needs replacing. An old mattress can be the source of allergies, too. When in doubt, Prevention recommends replacing your mattress every five to seven years if you don't sleep well.

Finally, keep in mind that there are many reasons that you may not be able to sleep, and you should consult your doctor if you struggle with insomnia. Meanwhile, set yourself up for sleep success by buying a new mattress that's best suited for your needs. If you do, the next time you count sleep, you may not even get into double digits. Go to websites of local mattress stores to see what your options are.

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