I Realized That I Need a New Mattress
I hadn’t slept well in weeks. I kept doing that whole “wake up, turn over, try to get comfortable” thing, but nothing worked. As someone who manages chronic fatigue due to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), this sleep interruption was really difficult. In addition, I kept waking up with extra stiffness and pain. I couldn’t figure out why.
About a week ago, while unable to get comfortable and fall back asleep in the middle of the night, I rolled over onto my stomach. After just a few moments, my back began to ache, like I was lying in a hole. Confused, I wondered what was going on. Since I was unable to sleep anyway, I got up and examined my mattress.
Turns out my mattress is on the fritz. It currently has a nice body-shaped indentation on the side where I normally sleep, leading to my discomfort. I had no intention of flipping my mattress in the middle of the night, so I decided to sleep on the other side instead. I slept through the rest of the night.
My mattress has probably gotten about eight or nine years of consistent use, so I suppose it’s time. I’m getting a bit more time out of it by flipping it, as I do have a traditional double-sided mattress that’s meant to be flipped and rotated every few months.
Simply flipping it to a fresh side has allowed me to start sleeping through the night again and wake up only slightly stiff, which is normal for me as my muscles tighten to try to compensate for my loose joints.
I usually don’t give much thought to my mattress. It’s comfortable, I sleep on it, and then I go about my day. But it’s amazing what a big effect a seemingly small change can make! As my mattress got older and provided less support, it began to affect my sleep quality. This worsened my chronic fatigue and increased my pain level because I was waking up awkward and uncomfortable.
Considering those are two things I try to manage as best I can on a daily basis with my EDS, anything I can do to improve them is important. While looking online, I found that some studies even mention the importance of a quality mattress in EDS pain and chronic fatigue management.
I’ll be getting a new mattress in the near future, and if this happens again down the line, I know what I’ll be checking out first!
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