The general recommendation is to change your mattress at least every seven to ten years. Yet some mattresses come with a twenty-year warranty or longer. Does that mean a mattress is good for twenty years? Unfortunately, no. The warranty is meant to cover the workmanship and certain parts, like the springs. It doesn’t mean the mattress is still comfortable or able to provide you with a restful sleep. Here are five signs that you need to be in the market for a new mattress.
You don’t wake up feeling rested. Mattresses that are nearing the end of their usable life are uncomfortable. You spend the night tossing and turning which interrupts your sleep. This also leads people to wake with aches and pains from lack of adequate pressure point support, particularly in the neck, lower back, hips, and shoulders region.
The bed creaks when you sit on it. Noise can be a sign something is off with your bed. First, determine whether it is the mattress. Bad coils that are losing their shape and compression abilities means it’s time for a replacement. If the mattress is good, move on to the box spring and even the frame.
Is that a hammock or a bed? Mattresses that visibly sag and dip in the center are another sign of failed coils, compressed foam or softening core. While we all like to feel snuggled cozily into our beds, the saggy mattress is not the way to do it. If your pillow top is sinking, so is the quality of your sleep.
Critters. Dust mites love the cotton layers found in mattresses. It creates the perfect environment for them to hibernate and multiply. If you find your allergies are worse at night or first thing in the morning, it may be a sign that the dust mites have taken over your restful sleep sanctuary and it’s time to look for a new mattress. Using hypoallergenic bug resistant mattress covers can help extend the life of your new mattress.
You prefer the sofa to your own bed. If you prefer to spend the night anywhere other than your bed, it is time for a new mattress. Make sure your new mattress is comfortable before buying, and choose the correct level of firmness to ensure a comfortable night. Use our S.L.E.E.P method to help you pick the right one.