How’d you sleep last night?
According to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 92% of people say that a comfortable mattress is important.
Yet, many people are attempting to sleep on a mattress that is no longer (or never was) ideal.
So how do you know when to get a new mattress? We’ll take a look at seven tell-tale signs that the time has arrived.
1. Your Mattress is Old
Despite the fact that some mattresses come with 15- or even 20-year warranties, those are really just marketing tactics to get you to shell out for a warranty.
Plus, those warranties only cover certain parts and workmanship. They don’t guarantee comfort.
The true lifespan of a mattress is in the 7-10 year range. After that age, you’re likely sleeping on a less than optimal mattress.
2. Your Quality of Sleep Is Decreasing
If you’ve noticed that you’re waking up tired and walking around all day like a zombie, then you’re either not getting enough sleep, or you’re not getting quality sleep.
Do you go to bed around the same time each night but have trouble falling asleep? Or perhaps you’re waking up several times per night.
Lacking the presence of a medical condition, these are all signs that it may be time to swap out your mattress.
By the same token, you may be sleeping “just fine” but not realizing that the quality of sleep is lacking. The lack of support your mattress offers could be responsible for you missing out on important REM sleep cycles.
Another issue you may now be noticing is that you wake up when your partner moves around or gets out of bed. This shouldn’t be happening.
Mattresses are designed to isolate motion. And they do this well at first. But as a mattress ages, the motion isolation decreases.
Then there’s the issue of pain. Which brings us to our next sign.
3. Your Body Is Stiff or Painful
We all have to deal with different aches and pains. This is especially true as we age.
But ask yourself this. Do you experience stiffness or dull pain in your neck, shoulders, and/or back every morning when you wake up? Does it get better throughout the day?
If so, there’s a good chance your mattress is shot and it’s time to get a new one.
Part of what makes a new mattress so comfortable isn’t rooted so much in the firm vs soft mattress argument. That’s a purely personal choice.
It’s more that each new mattress is constructed with layers for comfort. These layers begin to break down over time though.
You may not see any difference right away. But when those middle layers decrease, they tend to do so in the middle portion of the mattress.
That means the midsection of your body is less supported and hanging lower. This, in turn, creates pressure on the neck, shoulders, and back.
Hence, the pain each morning.
4. You See Sagging
Your mattress is only as supportive as its own support system.
In other words, if you have broken or worn-out box springs, then your mattress’s foundation is lacking the support it needs and has probably started sagging in the middle.
It could also be that the frame lacks a center support. This would make the mattress less supportive in the middle and cause it to sag over time.
Finally, it may have nothing to do with the support systems. Rather, the bed has just sagged under your weight for too many years.
If you’ve made it far enough with your mattress to where you can see it sagging but haven’t had to deal with the physical pain involved with that, congratulations!
The bad news is, though, you need a new mattress.
5. You Are Leaving an Impression
This applies more to memory foam mattresses than traditional ones.
Leaving an impression on a memory foam mattress is similar, in concept, to the sagging that occurs in a traditional mattress.
Even though memory foam is designed to remember your body and your sleeping position, your imprint isn’t supposed to remain once you leave the bed.
It’s supposed to return to its original position.
Over time, however, the cellular structure of memory foam breaks down – just like the comfort layers in a mattress.
As it becomes softer, it loses its ability to bounce back and give your body the support it needs.
The basic rule of thumb is – if your memory foam mattress maintains your body’s impression long after you’ve gotten up, or if the impression is deeper than two inches, you need a new mattress.
6. Your Weight Has Changed
Have you gained or lost weight recently due to an accident, surgery, dieting or pregnancy?
A mattress is constructed based on the idea that the user will maintain a weight that doesn’t fluctuate too much. If any of the above situations have significantly changed your weight, then you’ll find that what supported you or was comfortable 5 years ago may no longer be doing the trick.
If you’re having issues with pressure points, buying a mattress topper could be a temporary solution. It won’t help at all though if the issue is a lack of support.
7. You Become Allergic When in Bed
If you find you’re sneezing or dealing with other nasal issues each time you crawl into bed, that’s a sure sign that you need a new mattress.
Because chances are, there are dust mites thriving in your mattress. Even if you change your bedding, they’ll find their way to you.
Although this might sound like the stuff of horror movies, dust mites aren’t evil and won’t chew on you during the night. But they are one of the leading causes of allergens.
So it’s time to invest in a new mattress. And it should be noted that memory foam, latex, and waterbeds are most resistant to dust mites.
Know When to Get a New Mattress
Having an understanding of when to get a new mattress and when to try other measures could make all the difference in your getting a good night’s sleep.
And for additional articles that will help you make informed decisions, keep checking back with our blog!