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7 Things That Could Happen If You Sleep on an Old Mattress

By July 18, 2018News

Reader’s Digest

BY: Emily DiNuzzo

You could develop allergies from dust mites

Bill Fish, co-founder of tuck.com and a certified sleep coach, says that there is a chance dust mites could be an issue if you sleep on an old mattress. “Our goal should be to spend one-third of life on our mattress, as that means we are getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep on a nightly basis,” he says. “In doing so, however, our bodies give off dead skin and natural oils that can be appealing to dust mites.” Fish notes that dust mites could be an issue for any mattress, but the older the mattress, the more mites you can assume which could be a real issue for allergy sufferers and people with asthma. John D. Ramirez Jr., DC RN DACNB, from the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa adds that these mites are also a potential hazard to people with skin conditions like eczema. It is specifically the dust mite droppings that are highly allergenic, CNN reports. Here are the ways you are probably sleeping wrong.