When racing is a huge part of your life, it can be tough to keep up with other aspects of your life. Some let themselves get worse health-wise, and some let their personal belongings slip to low levels of quality. Let’s be real, if you spend most of your time in the shop, and your money goes to racing expenses, you don’t have much leftover to upkeep your life.
One thing I personally let slip for too long was getting a new mattress. Apparently a general rule is you should replace your mattress every 5 to 10 years. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the typical lifespan of a mattress is 8 years, but of course I had my mattress for so long I lost count of the years!
The scary part looking back on it is that mattresses absorb body fluids and stains, notably from nightly sweating, accidental spills, etc. and can seep through into lower layers, which is why a mattress protector is suggested to protect it, which can be removed and cleaned or replaced if damaged. Can you even imagine how bad it can get after 10+ years of use?
My only tip to anyone reading is to make sure to test out the mattress you are considering buying, lay on it for at least 10 to 15 minutes in the store to get a real feel for it. Keep in mind that firm isn’t always best. Some research has shown that the best mattress for low back pain is a medium firm mattress, rather than a firm mattress. Make sure to check the warranty and ask about any comfort guarantees or trial periods before buying.
As for me, I found some stores that are local to me and was able to give some mattress a “test drive”. After figuring out which I preferred most, I was able to leave with some great info and search for a better deal online (sorry mattress shop). I ended my search at www.mattressnextday.co.uk and got an awesome deal. I’m still not looking forward to getting a new mattress in the future, but after this experience, it should at least be a little bit easier.
Anyway just my 2 cents. See you guys at the track