Your mattress is a necessary part of your daily life and you think a lot to choose the right one for you. So it can be easy — and tempting — to believe that you and your mattress will be together forever. Unfortunately, no matter how amazing your mattress may be, this is a relationship that needs to end.
You can expect 7-10 years from a premium mattress, to finally succumb to the wear and tear of supporting your body every night. At that point, it stops providing the right support, leading to pain, less good sleep – and the need to replace it.
But how do you know for sure when you need a new mattress? Here are 10 indications:
- Visible relaxation
The most visible sign that a mattress needs to be replaced is relaxation. It is also a symptom that applies to all types of mattresses, as the springs break over time, the foam becomes softer and the fibers in other materials are compressed — all of which lead to loosening. Do not wait for a crater to form in the middle of your bed. Even small relaxations of 1-2 inches should not be ignored, as they can mean a lack of support for the most vulnerable parts of your body.
- Very good impression
This is especially true for foam layers (Memory Foam) and can be a little difficult to decipher. You see, foam is supposed to “remember” your body and sleeping position (hence the name) – but only to a certain extent. After getting out of bed, the foam should mainly return to its original position. However, over time the cellular structure of the foam collapses, becoming softer losing its ability to bounce, that is, to support you. If your foam mattress has a body imprint that stays on for a long time after you get up or if the imprint is deeper than two inches, it’s time to replace it.
- The Goldilocks effect
Memory Foam mattress owners should also be careful if their mattress becomes too hard or too soft. Due to the sensitivity of the foam to temperature (the reason many people “sleep warm” in foam mattresses), it will harden over time when kept in a small room or soften over time when kept in a warm room. This change in stability can ruin your comfort.
- A piece or two?
When the lining in the mattress shifts over time, you may see bumps on your mattress. This uneven density may mean that you are not supported where you are supposed to be. It can also cause unpleasant pressure points. Although pellets are more common with lower quality mattresses, they can also occur with higher quality mattresses that have made their way.
- Active allergies
Over time, most types of mattresses can accumulate allergens such as mold and dust mites. If you are allergic to these irritants, this means that your mattress will cause an allergic reaction. So, if you find yourself sneezing as you approach the bed or feeling cramped in the morning, it is probably time to assess the condition of your mattress. When choosing a new mattress, consider hypoallergenic materials such as wool or latex.
- What a pain
Sleep is a period for your body to recover from the stress experienced during the day, whether it is intense exercise or a lot of sitting at your desk. So, if you wake up with more pain than you had when you fell asleep, your mattress is probably the culprit. Due to the gradual degradation and softening of the materials of a mattress, it loses its ability to provide critical support to vulnerable areas such as your neck, waist and hips. In addition, as the anti-vibration protection wears out, it can create painful pressure points. When your back is drooping and the springs are hitting your hips, then waking up in pain is inevitable.
So if you wake up feeling battered rather than refreshed, chances are your mattress should go away (this is even more likely to happen if you wake up in pain and get better all day).
- Up all night
If you can not sleep or wake up often at night and adjust your positions, it may be time to replace your mattress. Of course, other things like stress or poor sleep hygiene can also keep you awake at night. But if you suffer and turn around in the first hours, chances are your mattress is no longer comfortable and you need a new one. If you seem to be sleeping all night but still waking up tired, the same may well be true.
- Sleep for two
One of the most exciting reasons to get a new mattress is to get pregnant. Because your body undergoes so many changes during and after pregnancy, an adjustable mattress and adjustable bed are a great choice to provide support at every stage of the journey. Custom sleep support on the side will help support your abdomen and prevent back pain during pregnancy and can easily change to your usual sleep preference afterwards. In addition, an adjustable bed makes it easy to get out of bed when you are pregnant. It also makes breastfeeding more comfortable and can help protect the abdominal muscles after a cesarean section.
- It’s not your fault, it’s my fault
Sometimes everything is still perfect with your mattress, but the conditions in your life require you to get a new one. This could happen if you are injured, have lost or gained significant weight or have a new partner in bed. If your mattress is still in its heyday but you no longer receive the support you need, do not feel guilty about letting it go — just find a mattress donation site near you.
- Age is just a number… unless you are a mattress
Even if your mattress does not show any of the above signs, if it is over seven years old, you should check it. Most mattresses will need to be replaced after 7-10 years. Even if you think you are sleeping well, there is a chance that you are slowly getting used to a less than excellent sleep experience.