Signs You Might Need a New Mattressby Millers Furniture on 2019-01-18 14:03:57
Unless you're buying a whole new bed—either for yourself, a guest room, or for a child who might be upgrading to a larger bed—mattresses aren't something you tend to think about much when it comes to purchasing furniture. Once you have a decent mattress, it's easy to just forget about it as the years fly by. Before you know it, you've had your mattress for 15-20 years. And while the mattress could still seem like it's in good shape, the age alone is enough indication that it's time to consider a new mattress. In addition to age, we'll discuss a few other signs that might lead you to put a mattress on your purchase list in the near future.
The age of your mattress is one of the most important indicators that it's time for a new mattress. The recommended age to replace a mattress is 8-10 years. After that time, the materials in your mattress begin to compress and lose their ability to support your body the way they once did. Older mattresses also contain significantly more dust mites and dust than newer mattresses, so replacing an old mattress can greatly benefit those who suffer from dust allergies—especially if allergies seem worse first thing in the morning.
Signs of wear
Another sign that it's time to replace your mattress is sagging, bunching, or general unevenness. Sometimes signs of wear can be obvious when you look at your mattress; other times, it's the feel or sound that's more noticeable. If you get into bed and feel that you're sinking toward the middle or outside of the bed, or feel uncomfortable bumps or dips when you lay down, those are signs of wear. If you can't even get in and out of bed or move around comfortably without hearing the annoying squeaks of springs or coils, that's also a sign it may be time for a new mattress.
Morning aches and pains
The unevenness and compression of an aging mattresses can create pressure points throughout the body, especially in your back. If you get out of bed most days with unexplained aches and pains—especially if those aches tend to subside as the day progresses—your mattress could be to blame. Additionally, mattresses that are not the right firmness for your body might create pain, and those needs can change as you age or gain or lose weight. A mattress that worked well for you five years ago could be causing problems now, even though the mattress isn't at the recommended replacement age yet. If that is the case, you could always consider moving the mattress to a spare bedroom and finding something that better meets your current needs.
Not feeling rested
If you're like most people, it can be difficult to squeeze in the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and when you choose to extend your bedtime, there's an explanation for being tired the next day. But a mattress that is worn out or is the wrong firmness for you can degrade the quality of your sleep, causing you to wake up feeling like you haven't slept at all—even when you do get to bed on time. It may take you longer to get to sleep if you're tossing and turning to find a comfortable sleep position. That same tossing and turning could also be disrupting your sleep throughout the night without your awareness that it's even happening.
Getting a good night's sleep is one of the most important steps you can take for your health, both physically and mentally, and the right mattress can help you accomplish that. If your mattress is beyond 8-10 years old, is showing signs of wear and tear, or you suspect it's causing you to lose sleep or develop aches and pains, stop in and see us. We can help you find a mattress that's just right for you!