Why avoid springs in a mattress?
15 January 2021
2 min

The question above might not seem as though it is necessary to deal with, yet the answers listed in this article below might prompt you to re-evaluate the importance of this topic. From dust mite population to broken springs, we’ll take a closer look at some complications that may arise when sleeping on a bed containing metal coils.




Who does not like to rest on a clean mattress each and every night? I guess nobody would take chances when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene. Unfortunately however, spring mattresses tend to be an ideal breeding ground for such ‘insolent accommodation seekers’ as bed bugs. Due to the unfavourable construction of the mattress, these unwanted ‘guests’ love to take up residence in the empty spaces between the springs. This inconvenience would presumably not come about when using a different type of mattress that is constructed without springs.




Like most things, springs don’t last forever either, as a matter of fact it is actually quite normal for the springs to wear out after a relatively short period of time. This means they soon lose their tension or strength and apart from that it is not unusual for them to break. In this latter case, it will more than likely create lumps in your mattress resulting in extreme discomfort during sleeping hours. Even if the springs don’t break, chances are that in due time the spring will eventually start to squeak and creak when weight is placed on the mattress. This might lead to nights interrupted by unpleasant sounds created by the inner structure of your mattress. Due to the deterioration of the springs, the mattress will also offer less support for the entire body, and unfortunately it will be more than likely to create extreme pain for those who suffer from back ache.



Motion transfer


When sharing your bed with someone, you probably would prefer to sleep soundly and undisturbed by any movement coming from the other side of the bed. But what if your other half keeps tossing and turning causing you to wake up periodically during the night? Unluckily, spring mattresses are not champions when it comes to motion isolation. Latex mattresses on the other hand offer great support and are able to minimise the transfer of movement from one side of the mattress to the other. (To read more about the benefits of sleeping on a latex mattress click here.) 



Electromagnetic field


Another area worth examining is the springs’ ability to amplify electromagnetic waves. Some research suggests that the springs in spring mattresses can actually act as antennas strengthening the signals of radio and TV waves. Some electromagnetic radiation has been linked to the cause of certain types of cancer. Of course, there are many factors that can play a role in the development of cancer, not solely radiation.  But in order to decrease the chances of contracting a serious illness, it might be well advised to opt for a safer alternative, such as a mattress without metal parts. 


Arriving at a conclusion, it is best to take notice of the possible problems that could crop up when owning a mattress with springs in it. We talked about the risks regarding hygiene, we mentioned a couple of thoughts on the springs’ qualities, and also the possibility of unknowingly sleeping on an electromagnetic field. We hope that based on the above noted problems you’ll be better informed to make the best decision when it comes to upgrading your mattress that will suit all your needs. 


To compare the qualities of innerspring, memory foam and latex mattresses, click here.


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