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Is it time for a new mattress?

July 25, 2023 3 min read

If you’re reading this, then chances are, you’ve been considering whether it’s time for a new mattress. Like most folks, you’ve likely spent more time thinking about updating your smartphone than your mattress. But here's a fun fact: we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, which makes our mattress one of the most important pieces of furniture we own.

With that in mind, let's dive into the six signs that might indicate you need a new mattress.

#1: You Wake Up with Aches and Pains

Let's start with the obvious. You know it's time for a new mattress when you wake up with aches and pains that weren't there when you went to sleep. Your bed should be a haven of rest and rejuvenation, not a cause for discomfort. If you're constantly waking up with a stiff neck, back pain, or numbness in any part of your body, it's a clear sign that your mattress is no longer providing the support you need.

#2: You Notice Visible Sagging or Lumps

As a seasoned mattress maker, I can assure you that all mattresses, no matter the brand or price, eventually show signs of wear and tear. And a visible sag or lumps are pretty reliable signs. If your mattress has a depression in the middle or a particular side, or if it's gotten lumpy, it's time to think about a replacement. This unevenness means the support your body needs to stay aligned during sleep is no longer present.

#3: You've Had Your Mattress for More than 7-10 Years

The lifespan of a mattress depends on various factors: the quality of the materials, how well it's been taken care of, and how much use it gets. However, on average, a good-quality mattress lasts 7 to 10 years. If your mattress has crossed this mark, it might be time to start shopping around. Remember, the older your mattress gets, the more its supportive and comfort qualities diminish.

#4: Your Allergies or Asthma Are Getting Worse

Did you know that an old mattress can be a hotbed for allergens like dust mites and mildew? Over time, these can accumulate in your mattress and trigger allergies or asthma. If you've noticed your symptoms getting worse or if you frequently wake up with a stuffy nose or itchy eyes, it might be due to your old mattress.

#5: You Can't Get Comfortable

There's nothing quite like the comfort of your own bed. But if you're finding it difficult to get comfortable, tossing and turning more than usual, or if you sleep better in other beds (like a hotel room), your mattress might be the culprit. Comfort is highly personal, and if you're not feeling at ease in your own bed, it's time to consider a change.

#6: Your Body Has Changed

As we age or undergo significant lifestyle changes (like weight gain, weight loss, or recovering from an injury), our mattress needs can also change. The level of support and comfort that worked for you ten years ago might not be what your body needs today. Listen to your body, and if you think your current mattress isn't keeping up with your changes, it's time to look for a new one.

Bonus Tip: Check the Total Package, Not Just the Mattress

Often, the mattress unfairly receives all the blame for sleep discomfort. However, remember it's the sum of all parts – the mattress, the box spring, and the bed frame. An uneven or weak base can lead to a sagging mattress. Before you replace the mattress, try it on a flat surface, like the floor. If it feels supportive and comfortable on the floor, you may not need a new mattress after all. The issue might be with your bed frame or box spring.

There you have it, seven telltale signs that it might be time to part ways with your old mattress, plus a bonus tip to ensure you're addressing the real problem. Your mattress is an essential component of your sleep health and a significant investment in your overall well-being.

To conclude, I’d like to share a nugget of wisdom from my two-decade-long journey in the mattress industry: take your time when you decide to buy a new mattress. Explore different types, research materials, read reviews, and if you can, test them in-store or with a home trial. Sleep is too crucial to be left to chance!

Until next time, may you have blissful dreams and a sound slumber!