“It’s summertime, and the living is easy!” Right? Well, we want it to be. But it might not feel like living is easy. That might be because you don’t get enough sleep. There are many factors that keep people from getting the proper sleep and keeps them from recuperating and feeling refreshed in the morning.
Top of the list is: how old is your mattress? And how comfortable is your mattress? The internet says a mattress should last between 7 to 10 years. I say it can last as long as you are comfortable and get a good night’s sleep. If you buy a good mattress, it can last longer than 10 years. Just like shoes, at some point, it needs to be replaced. I’ve had patients say it made a world of difference for them in terms of sleep and feeling rested.
But don’t be too quick to throw out the mattress. It might be your pillow that is causing you to feel tired when you get up in the morning. And, certainly, a pillow is less expensive than a mattress. It makes sense that you need to change a pillow. After you put your weight on a shoe for so long, it loses some of its padding. So does a pillow. If you have used a pillow for two years, it is time to get a new one. Not only has the pillow lost its fluffiness, but it has collected the saliva from your mouth. Yep, you might need a new pillow!!