How to Tell It’s Time for a New Mattress
On average, people spend 26.3 years out of their lives sleeping or in bed. Making sure you’re comfortable in your bed should be a no-brainer. Typically we should be replacing our mattresses every 8 years, but why is it that some of us never get new mattresses?
Maybe it’s budget, maybe it’s the fear of change. However, there are some tell tale signs that it’s time to upgrade to a new mattress. Let’s explore them today.
When did you buy your current one?
As we previously stated, mattresses should be swapped at least once every 8 years, but this isn’t set in stone. You may have to pick up a new one earlier if you notice a decline in your quality of sleep or if you are waking up with general soreness. If you go more than 3 or 4 days with the same body part aching in the morning, then it’s time to visit the mattress store.
Is your current mattress comfortable?
Some people actually like the feeling of a worn-in mattress; who doesn’t like sinking into their own “groove” when they go to bed? However, if the center of your mattress sinks in completely and you struggle to dig yourself out every morning, that is a sign you’ll need an upgrade.
Do you have unwelcome guests inside the mattress?
Think of your mattress like a sponge. When you go to bed, your mattress gradually absorbs all of your sweat and dead skin. Tiny critters like dust mites and bedbugs can potentially move in and feed off of this organic material that settles into your mattress and box spring.
While dust mites are mostly harmless, bedbugs are a major concern. You’ll need to make sure they’re fully gone before shopping for a new mattress.
Do you toss and turn all night?
General restlessness and fatigue can be directly attributed to the quality of your bed and mattress. Sometimes it takes longer to fall asleep than other nights, but if it takes you an hour or more to fall asleep or to find the best resting position, then it is time for a change.
Also, make sure to pay attention to your spouse’s sleeping habits. They may not mention it to you but they may be struggling through their night’s rest as well. I’m sure they’ll appreciate having a fresh bed to sleep on instead.
What color is it?
As was previously mentioned, your mattress absorbs all of your sweat and dead skin (among other things, for those of us that eat or drink in bed). Over time, your mattress may become discolored because of this.
The color of your mattress is a great indicator of its lifespan. Generally speaking, if your mattress is more coffee colored than white, then it has to go.
If you are unhappy with how you’ve been sleeping lately, then definitely consider going shopping for a new mattress. Hopefully these tips have given you some pointers on what to look for when it’s time for a change.