When was the last time you had a fantastically good night sleep? If you can’t remember (and no other stressful situations are the cause), it may be because your mattress is in dire need of an upgrade.
Because mattresses don’t give out specific signs of wear and tear, it’s difficult to tell when yours is almost at the end of its days. However, if you pay closer attention, it’s easy to understand the general signs and know when to make the change. But, once you learn to understand the signs, I urge you not to ignore them!
A good mattress is of high importance for your health and general well-being, which is why I had a chat with the specialists from Try Mattress. They helped put together a three-step guide for people who want to make sure their mattress is still up to the task.
Below you can read about the signs to look for, and why they matter to your general state of health!
Most mattresses can resist for up to eight years of constant use (this means sleeping on them almost every night). This time interval is valid regardless of the mattress type, warranty, or producer’s specifications.
Of course, there are some exceptions, but only a few models on the market last longer. Here, I am making reference to latex mattresses produced by high-end brands that were quite expensive. If this is not the case, your mattress will only last about eight years.
What happens if the mattress is older? This is a good question, and it’s important to understand the consequences. The main problem is with the surface. In time, the inner-workings of the mattress get used, creating sagginess on the surface. To test it out, take off the sheets and have a look at your mattress. If you see one or several small depressions on the surface, it’s time for a new one!
However, memory foam mattresses don’t get visibly saggy. In this case, it is important to appreciate your position when lying on the mattress. If your body sinks in deep, to the point where you feel like in a hammock, the mattress needs an upgrade.
An easy way to recognize a bad mattress is by testing your level of stiffness. If you get out of bed in pain and you have to make sounds just to stand, it’s a clear sign the mattress doesn’t do anything for you.
As the mattress ages, the surface becomes more and more uncomfortable. This happens because of the shagginess (mentioned above), the lumps that sometimes form in the mattress, and the overall wear and tear.
The main problem with an old mattress is the back support. This is the core of the mattress and the layer that keeps your spine aligned during slumber. Once this layer gives in, you’ll start feeling stiff and you’ll wake up with lower back pain.
The third and final sign is your general state of health. An old mattress (even if maintained properly) gathers allergens in time- this means that right beneath you, the mattress gathers dust particles, dead skin, fungi, bacteria, and more. These are microscopic and modern mattresses are designed to filter most of them out, but in time, the layer of allergens gets thicker.
As soon as you start feeling allergy-related problems such as a runny nose, watery eyes, or you get sick more often, you should consider the age of your mattress. You can test this out by sleeping in a different bed for a few nights. If you feel better, it’s definitely the time to make a change in the bedroom!