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Yes, Your Mattress and Pillows Could Be Sabotaging Your Sleep
Having trouble sleeping through the night? Your bedding might be to blame.
Sarah MitroffManaging Editor
Sarah Mitroff is a Managing Editor for CNET, overseeing our health, fitness and wellness section. Throughout her career, she's written about mobile tech, consumer tech, business and startups for Wired, MacWorld, PCWorld, and VentureBeat.
If you suffer from sleep issues, or always wake up feeling exhausted, you should first rule out sleep apnea or another serious medical condition. But if you're in the clear, it's time to blame your bed. A mattress or pillow that's too old, or not providing you with the right support, can ruin your sleep. Here's how to tell what's causing your poor sleep and how to fix it. (For more, you can also check out our favorite weighted blankets, mattress toppers and bed sheets of the year).
The wrong kind of pillow, or one that's too old, could be preventing you from getting a good night's rest. Even if you don't think it's time to toss your current pillow, you should look for these three signs you should get a new one.
Sometimes, the dust and grime that builds up in your pillows (gross, I know) can trigger allergies while you sleep, causing you to wake up with congestion or make it hard to breathe at night. In that case, washing your pillow can help revive it. But if your pillow is too old -- more than two years -- you're better off buying a new one. Check out these tips on how to pick the perfect pillow for the way you sleep.
Could your mattress be the reason you can't sleep?
A new pillow can go a long way to helping you sleep better, but if your mattress isn't right, that's going to have a much bigger impact on your sleep.
What if you mattress feels just right, but you wake up feeling congested night after night? Just like with your pillow, if your mattress is more than a few years old, it's likely collected a lot of dust, dust mites and debris that can trigger allergies. You can easily deep clean your mattress to help it feel new again.
Lastly, if you have an older spring mattress, flipping it might help. However, because of how they are designed, you cannot flip newer foam mattresses. So if your foam mattress is lacking all of the support it once had, it's time to toss it.
If none of those fixes are helping you sleep better, then it's time to buy a new mattress. Most mattresses are designed to last 10 years, so if yours is older than that, look for these nine signs that it's time to replace it.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.