One of the main reasons people don’t replace their mattresses as often as they should is because they don’t want to spend money. While everyone understands a new mattress will cost money, most people are unaware there is a cost associated with sleeping on an old or underperforming mattress. Take a look at these ways you may be spending money unnecessarily by not replacing your mattress.

1. Health Care Expenses

If you visit a chiropractor for back pain, see a medical professional for joint discomfort or have visited a specialist for insomnia, there is a chance you could have avoided those expenses if you were sleeping on the right mattress. Older mattresses or even newer mattresses that don’t provide accurate support can encourage issues like poor sleep posture that contribute to many types of chronic pain.

You may also be paying needlessly for medication to help with issues such as:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Allergies
  • Skin Rashes
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

The materials used to manufacture older beds and some varieties of newer beds can contain chemicals that aggravate breathing conditions such as allergies and asthma. Certain chemicals can also produce irritable skin or rashes. If you suffer from sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome, your mattress could be the problem and no amount of expensive medication is going to solve the problem.

2. Pest Control Problems

Mattresses not only accumulate dead skin cells and absorb sweat as you sleep, but also can be the perfect breeding ground for unwanted pests including:

  • Bed Bugs
  • Fleas
  • Dust Mites

Because these bugs can breed unnoticed for quite some time, you could end up spending a lot of money to rid your home of them once they are discovered. Sleeping on an infested mattress can also lead to a variety of health problems. These pests can spread easily from your mattress to other areas of your home. This is particularly concerning if you have pets, especially if you let them sleep on your bed. Just one flea on your dog could lead to an entire mattress and even home full of bugs.

It has been proven in many studies that used mattresses can contain as many as 10 million dust mites after only a few years, because dust mites feed on the dead skin cells found in your mattress. Since these mites produce droppings, your mattress could not only be full of bugs but also feces.

3. High Energy Bill

Most people have to either adjust the thermostat or turn on a fan in order to achieve a comfortable temperature for sleep. Older mattresses are particularly inefficient at dispersing body heat, so you end up getting hot during the night or cranking up the air conditioning. Many new mattresses are designed with materials created to help you sleep cooler. This means you can avoid lowering the thermostat and save money on your energy bill.

Even if your mattress is fewer than eight years old, it could be costing you money in these and other ways. The mattresses you’ll find in our Rest and Relax showrooms not only contain the latest in sleep technology but also represent an incredible variety of choices so you can get the best one for your needs. Share your concerns with one of our sleep experts today to stop wasting money and start sleeping on the bed you deserve.