When It’s Time to Get a New Mattress
05 Feb, 2015
It’s hard to say goodbye, especially after sleeping together for years, but eventually even the best of mattresses wear out. Sometimes it’s easy to turn a blind eye and ignore the warning signs that it’s time to make a change. When a good night’s sleep is becoming a rare occurrence, here are a few ways you can tell if it’s time to replace your old mattress.
You wake up sore, stiff, numb or uncomfortable
Nobody likes hearing the alarm clock go off in the morning, but is getting out of bed becoming a physical chore as well? If you’re waking up with excessive stiffness, numbness, pains or other body aches (especially in your back), your mattress may not be providing the proper support while you sleep.
Your bed is where you get the worst sleep
Typically it’s harder to get a good night sleep in a strange bed than it is in your own. However, if you’re finding that those hotel mattresses are beginning to feel a lot more comfortable than they used to, or that it’s easier to fall asleep on the sofa than it is in your own bed, it might be because your mattress has worn out its welcome and needs to be replaced.
Your mattress isn’t looking so good
This is the easiest of the signs to spot. If your mattress has tears, lumps, dips, is misshapen or the interior is starting to poke out; that’s a pretty good indication that it’s time to invest in a new mattress.
Your mattress is more than 7 years old
Most experts agree that mattresses have a life span of 6-10 years, so when yours hits seven years of age, it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. This is a good time to begin testing store mattresses to see how they feel in comparison to yours at home. If you can tell a huge difference, it’s definitely time to replace.
You’re becoming allergic to your bed
No matter how clean you keep your home, your mattress is already collecting dust, dirt, sweat, allergens and even dust mites. Over the years, this will add weight to your bed, making it lumpier, stiffer and much less comfortable. It’ll also wreck havoc on your allergies.
Are you sleeping better or worse than you did a year ago?
This one is a little subjective, but if you really think about it, deep down you’ll know the answer. If going to bed has become a chore, and you find yourself less than refreshed in the morning when you wake up, you’re not getting good sleep, and your mattress is probably to blame.
If any or all of these warning signs apply to your mattress, it’s time to cut ties and move on. Don’t fret, shopping for beds isn’t scary, it’s fun! How often do you get to lie down in a store? A good night’s sleep may depend on it!