On average, you will spend about one-third of your life on sitting, resting and sleeping on your mattress. This not only means that getting the right mattress is crucial for your comfort and health, but it also means you should be paying a lot of attention to the condition of your mattress. Having a mattress that is in the best condition possible plays a huge part in your health and well-being, mood, alertness and energy levels. It's therefore important that you know what signs to look out for so that you know when you should replace your mattress.
Even the best quality mattresses have their limits, so it's important that you know exactly what to look out for. Here are some of the key signs that it's time to replace your mattress:
1. You've experienced some physical changes and your mattress hasn't adapted
If you find that you've put on a little extra weight in the last year or so, or even if you've lost a considerable amount of weight, it may be time to replace your mattress. The best mattress should provide lumbar support for your body in order to provide you with the best comfort levels and improve your health. So changes in your weight should act as a sign to change or replace your mattress. The same idea also applied to growing children. If your children have experienced a growth spurt in the last year, their mattress may no longer provide the correct lumbar support, so you should probably look into getting a new, more supportive mattress.
2. Waking up is more than just tough, it’s physically painful
If you find that you're waking up to new pains that have developed overnight, especially in your neck, shoulders and lower back, it may mean that your mattress is no longer providing the correct level of lumbar support. This is one of the main warning sign that it's time to replace your mattress. Your mattress is one of the most used items in your home, so it stands to reason that it will lose some of it's better qualities over time. Over time, your mattress will start to lose its structure, and this means it won't have the ability to offer the right lumbar support anymore.
Waking up in pain could also be a sign that you need a mattress of a different firmness and so may need to replace your mattress with one that is more suitable for you.
3. You spend more time sneezing than sleeping
As with many soft furnishings, your mattress will attract a number of household allergens over time. While investing in a latex mattress or a high-quality mattress protector may prevent the majority of allergens getting deep into the fabric of your mattress, you may find that your bed clings on to more than you might think. If you start to notice any signs of the presence of allergens, such as a tight feeling in your chest, sneezing, blocked or runny nose or wheezing, it could be a sign that your mattress has clung to too many allergens and it may be time to replace your mattress.
4. Your partner isn’t getting any sleep
If you or your partner are tossing and turning throughout the night, there's a good chance that it's time to replace your mattress. A good quality mattress provides great lumbar support by evenly distributing pressure across its entirety. Plus, if your partner's tossing and turning is keeping you awake, it could also be a sign that your mattress is not reducing motion transfer - another sign that it needs replacing.
5. Your mattress is showing signs of general wear and tear
Some of the most physically obvious signs that it's time to replace your mattress include a visible dip in the middle and being able to feel the springs through it. You can also identify a mattress that needs replacing the noises it makes. A mattress is a good condition should make no noise when you move on it, however, if it's time to replace your mattress it will probably make creaking, pinging or groaning noises when you apply pressure to certain areas. Give your mattress a thorough check the next time you change the sheet and if you notice any noises, lumps or visible sags then it's most likely time to replace your mattress.
6. Your mattress is over 8 years old
This is the make or break factor. Major sleep foundations recommend that you replace your mattress every eight years on average, as this will usually be the time it takes to lose most of its original comfort and lumbar support.
With your mattress being hidden under sheets and blankets for the majority of the time, it's not always easy to spot when it's time to get a replacement. But if you do notice that you're having any of the problems listed above, you really should start to consider to replace your mattress.
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