Out with the Old – In with the New…
How do you know when you need a new mattress? It is an important part of your everyday life and unfortunately, no matter how amazing your mattress may be, you can expect only 10 years out of a premium mattress. It eventually succumbs to the wear and tear of supporting your body every night. At that point it no longer is giving you proper support. This can lead to a less than the best night’s sleep.
Here are 10 signs that need to replace your mattress:
- Sagging: Springs break down and memory foam gets softer and the fibers in other materials compress. All of this leads to sagging. Don’t wait for a crater to form in the middle of your bed. Even sags of 1-2 inches mean a lack of support for body.
- Impressions: This applies to memory foam mattresses and can be tricky to identify. Memory foam is supposed to remember your body and sleeping positions but only to a certain degree. After you get out of bed, the foam should mostly return to its original position. Over time the cellular structure of the foam breaks down and becomes softer and loses its ability to bounce back and support you. If your memory foam has a body impression that stays long after you have gotten up, it is time to replace it.
- The Three Bears: memory foam mattress owners should also take note if their mattress becomes too hard or too soft. Because of memory foam’s sensitivity to temperature it will become hard over time or soft over time. This change in firmness can affect your comfort.
- One Lump or Two: When the padding within the mattress shifts around over time, you may see lumps in your mattress. This uneven density can mean you are not supported where you are supposed to be.
- Age is a number: Even if your mattress is showing none of the above signs, if it’s more than ten years old, you should pay attention to your sleeping patterns.
- Pain: Sleep is a time for your body to recover from the day. So if you wake up with more aches and pains than you had when you went to bed, your mattress is likely the culprit.
- Up all night: If you can’t fall asleep, or frequently wake up during the night and adjust positions often, it could be time to replace your mattress.
- Sleeping for Two: Another good reason for getting a new mattress is if you become pregnant. A customizable mattress and adjustable bed is a great choice that will proved support during every stage of the journey.
- Active Allergies: Over time, most types of mattresses can accumulate allergens like mold, mildew and dust mites. If you are allergic to these irritants that means your mattress will trigger a reaction. So if you notice you are sneezing when you get close to the bed or are stuffed up in the morning, it’s probably time to evaluate your mattress situation.
- It’s not you it’s me: Sometimes, everything is still perfectly fine with your mattress, but circumstances in your own life necessitate that you get a new one. This could be the case if you sustained an injury, lost or gained a significant amount of weight or have a new bed partner. If your mattress is still in the prime of its life but you are not getting the support you need, don’t feel guilty about letting it go.