Here at Everybody Loves Your Money, we are primarily focused on ways you can make your life richer without overspending. So, to post a piece about buying a new mattress, which is not a small purchase, might seem out of the ordinary. Yet, there are major ways a new mattress will not only save you money but also improve your life.
Do you need a new mattress?
Before we set out to show you why we believe investing in a new mattress is the best choice, we think it would be fair to make sure you need a new mattress in the first place. There are several signs you can look for when deciding if the timing is right.
Does it sag?
Sagging is the most glaring proof that you need a new mattress. And this type of sign isn’t exclusive to one type of mattress. All beds sag that has grown a bit too old. This includes coil spring mattresses and memory foam alike. If the sagging is more than two inches then it is time.
Specifically, for memory foam mattresses, this is another clear indicator that it is time to invest in a new bed for you and your partner.
Just as dents or impressions will wreak havoc on your body so will lumps. If your mattress looks like oatmeal then guess what? It is time.
Pain and sleepless nights?
If you are finding that you are not able to fall asleep and/or stay asleep due to back and shoulder pain or you are just staying up tossing and turning in the night, then this is also a good indication purchasing a new mattress might be the right idea.
Good mattress – low medical bills
There is no denying that having a bad mattress will do harm to your physical and mental wellbeing.
Added pounds have been attributed to poor sleep, and if you are a person who is overweight already, then this point might hit close to home. There are specific mattresses for heavy people that are less likely to need replacement when the total weight the bed can take is exceeding 200 pounds.
It is said that “short sleep duration” is one of the main causes of weight gain in adults and children alike. Not only that, experiments have indicated that those who are deprived of sleep eat more, which also promotes obesity.
This is the first place you can save money from a new mattress in the long run. If you are sleeping well, mixed with a healthy diet and the recommended amount of exercise for your age and weight, there will be no need for diet fads, companies that cost money to help you lose weight, and books on the subject.
Bad mattresses cause a great deal of physical pain to some. What do you need when you are feeling pain? The doctor. Now, as much as we respect doctors, let’s face it, they are expensive to see when you add up the copay, the prescription, and the physical therapy the dollar amount keeps rising.
Something as simple as a good mattress to sleep on could take care of all these ailments. Of course, we aren’t doctors and feel the need to mention that if your pain from sleeping on an older mattress is gradually getting worse, then seeing a doctor should be your next step.
Great sleep will enhance your creativity, your productivity, and your overall mental health. The obvious way you save money here is by not seeing a doctor for depression or anxiety, which have been proven to be direct results of poor sleep. The not so obvious money saver here is hard to see because you aren’t really saving any money; you will earn more.
If you are more productive, creative, and thoughtful, odds are this will show in working life. Maybe you will get a raise. Or maybe you will come up with a great business plan and break out of the 9-5 shell. Or maybe you will make some great investing decisions because you slept well the night before. While these things won’t save you money, they are definitely positive directions for accelerating your earning potential.
Those who sleep poorly are more likely to have a greater risk of stroke or heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and, as we mentioned earlier depression and anxiety. Inflammation will also increase with poor sleep since your body doesn’t have the rest it needs to heal.
All of these are problems that can cost you a great deal at the end, so, if the time is right for you, and these ailments sound like something you want to erase, consider purchasing a new mattress. While the upfront cost is greater, the long run savings are significant.
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