Do you know when you need a new mattress?
You spend a third of your life on your bed. In a single year the average person will spend 2 555 hours in their bed. It makes sense to have as comfortable a bed as possible, and to replace it when it starts to show signs of wear. You rarely see your mattress, however. It’s all covered up with linen and should be protected by a mattress protector – read about why here. If you have taken good care of it, it may not look like it needs to be replaced.
The age of your bed could be affecting your sleep and your overall functioning. If it is more than 8 years old, it could be time to get a new one. Think about how comfortable it actually is. Do you feel stiff and sore when you wake up? It could be sagging, and denting and creaking.
Here are 5 signs that will help you know that it is time for a new one:
1. You don’t feel refreshed when you wake up
Your mattress is no longer comfortable and doesn’t provide you with the support you need. You are tossing and turning in the night, trying to get comfortable. The night seems to drag on forever and you wake up in the morning tired instead of refreshed and ready to go.
2. Your mattress is visibly worn
Your mattress could be showing signs of wear. When you look at it, it may have a visible dip in the middle. This is not the same as a slight indentation where you typically lie. The top layer of your mattress is made of cushioning layers and your body weight will naturally form some indentation. This has nothing to do with the support it provides and does not mean the mattress needs to be replaced.
What we are talking about here is how you roll into the middle of the bed because of the dip in the middle. We mean the way your bed creaks when you move on it. We are referring to the spring that that is sticking in your back.
3. It is more comfortable to sleep somewhere else
If you are finding that it is more comfortable to sleep on your couch than your bed, it is a good sign that you need a new bed. If a business trip means you’ll be getting a good night’s sleep, something needs to change and its probably your mattress. Your own bed should be your most comfortable place to sleep.
4. You can’t remember when you bought your bed
You may have had your bed so long that you don’t remember when you bought it. Perhaps you took it with you when you moved out from your parent’s home. Maybe you bought it for your new home before you even had children.
Every year the technology used in beds improves. They provide better support and they get even more comfortable. If your bed is more than 8 years old you are not taking advantage of any of this new technology.
Another consideration is how much do you now weigh? Do you weigh the same as you did when you bought it? Many of us find we are little heavier with each passing year. Mattresses are designed to support a certain weight. If you now weigh more than the recommended weight for your bed, your mattress will no longer give you the support you need.
This is also true of children. As they grow their mattress doesn’t grow with them and it may be time to get them a new one.
5. Your partner is tossing and turning
You may feel your bed is still comfortable but perhaps you are noticing that your partner is tossing and turning. If you are sharing a bed with a partner, your bed needs to minimise the transfer of movement between you. An ageing mattress may no longer do this. If one of you wakes up every time the other moves, it is time for a new mattress.
A good night’s sleep makes a big difference to your day. Put another way, when you do not sleep properly your day is badly affected. And if this is happening night after night, your overall health could be severely compromised. There are many steps you can take to get a better night’s sleep – you can about them here. Getting a new mattress is one of them.