5 Signs That You Need A New Mattress
A well-build oak or pine bedstead can last you well over a dozen years. What doesn’t last quite as long is your mattress. A good mattress compresses to cradle and support you while you sleep and then relaxes and bounces back during the day. But over time, even the best mattress loses its springiness and begins to sag. That’s when it’s time for a new mattress, since a worn out one is not helping you get a good night’s rest.
Turning and flipping your mattress regularly will prolong its life, as will using a mattress topper, but even with all this help there comes a time when you need a new mattress.
How do you know when that time is? Here are five signs to look out for.
Your mattress is visibly sagging
This one is easy to spot whether you’re using a flat sheet or a fitted one. If there are dents and dips in your freshly made up mattress, it may be time to think of a new one, since the core of your mattress clearly isn’t recovering its shape back to where it should be. If you lie down and feel as if you’re sliding into a form, or settling into a hammock… then you’ll know you’re lying on a tired mattress.
You wake up tired
One problem with sleeping on a mattress that’s past its best is that you really won’t get a good night’s sleep. You’ll twist and turn trying to get comfortable, whether you’re aware of it or not. And you wake up as if you’ve been fighting all night… which you have, in a manner of speaking. Not getting a good night’s rest can seriously affect your work and home life as well as your emotional wellbeing, so it’s important to take note.
You wake up with aches and pains
Your mattress is meant to support your body while you rest. But if your mattress is worn, your body may not get the support it needs. If you wake up with an aching neck and sore hips, if you struggle to straighten your back or your knees… and if all these aches and pains improve during the day, only to recur the next morning – then your mattress is to blame.
You wake up with a blocked nose or sore throat
Like waking up with aches and pains and blaming it on your activities of the day before, you may wake up with a blocked nose or sore throat and simple blame it on hayfever, pollen, or general pollution. But, you know, it might actually be your mattress that’s to blame.
If allergies seem worse first thing in the morning, or overnight, then it may be time for a new mattress. However careful you are with washing mattress covers and bedding, vacuuming your mattress, and choosing mattresses made from materials like latex or memory foam which are resistant to dust mites – they’ll move in eventually and they’ll make you suffer.
You’ve had your mattress for more than seven years
Most of us can’t remember how long we’ve had our current mattress – except for the smart cookies who write the delivery date on the mattress label! If you check how long you’ve had yours, you might be surprised. It’s recommended that you replace your mattress roughly every seven years, but even that’s not a hard and fast rule. If you’ve changed your weight a lot (either up or down!) in the last few years, your mattress may be struggling to support your body properly. A cheaper mattress might not be as resilient as a more expensive one.
Most of all, though, mattress technology has moved on more advanced materials are now available. This is especially true for memory foam, which was an amazing novelty a few years back. Early memory foam layers were often far too thin and apt to wear out quickly, while the rest of the mattress was still perfectly fine.
Bed shopping is fun – and we’ll be glad to help you out. But don’t forget shopping for a new mattress at intervals. It’s ever so important for a good night’s sleep. And we have a range of good quality mattresses in store, so if you want to try one out… just ask!
- A Touch of Furniture Admin