One of the problems that people in their 50s begin to experience is difficulty getting a full night’s sleep. While old mattresses can be a contributing factor, Arya Nick Shamie, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, says your mattress needs to support the body differently when you are in your 50s. The best mattresses alleviate pain by allowing the spine a good curvature, and they ensure the heels, head, buttocks, and shoulders are all supported and in their proper alignment.
Sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t provide enhanced support and pressure relief will result in painful mornings, days and nights. Before choosing your next mattress, consider the following:
1. Age of the Mattress
Many people will sleep on a mattress that is 10 years old (or older) because it still looks new. Many of the ailments that you feel as you reach 50 years of age are a direct result of the quality of the mattress you are sleeping on. We spend one-third of our life sleeping, so it is vital our minds and bodies get the appropriate deep and restorative sleep every night. If you find that you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, you have more ailments than usual, or you wake up feeling exhausted even after spending eight hours in bed, it might be time to purchase a new mattress.
According to Michael Breus, PhD, sleep expert and the author of Beauty Sleep, a full night’s sleep helps the body deal with ailments and fight off new illnesses. Choosing the right mattress to address your current health needs goes a long way in enabling you to get the most out of your time in bed.
2. Changing Body Requirements
While an innerspring mattress may have been perfect before the age of 50, that type of mattress may no longer be effective at helping your body to properly heal at night. According to studies conducted at Berkeley College in California, by the time we reach the age of 50, our bones are changing at a much more rapid rate. The mattress that supported you and alleviated pressure point pain 10 years ago likely won’t do the same today. As the body ages, so do sources of aches and pains, so you should reconsider your mattress type.
Mattresses wear out just like people, and the springs inside a traditional spring mattress may no longer be effective at removing pressure in your legs, and as a result you may walk around with severe leg cramps most of your day.