Making the jump to replace your mattress can be daunting. After all, this type of investment costs more than a little pocket change. However, if you opt to put it off for too long, you can end up paying for it in a multitude of other ways. Here are five things Mattress.com recommends monitoring to determine if you have reached the tipping point and need to replace that mattress.
Waking up in pain should not be a normal part of your routine. Sleeping should assist in resting your body and alleviating these types of issues, not causing them. As your mattress loses its shape and suffers a breakdown in its structure, it can no longer offer you the support needed to maintain your body’s shape for hours and allow your muscles to fully relax. Instead, a strain is placed upon your body to maintain its positioning, resulting in increased pain and soreness by night’s end.
Dust mite infestations build in mattresses, with the microscopic creature forming colonies and thriving due to body heat and skin cells that you have shed over time. In fact, after a decade you can attribute nearly half of your mattress’s weight to dust mites and other contaminants. These allergens affect you while you sleep and can result in respiratory issues. If you notice you are waking up stuffy or suffering other allergy type symptoms, there is a good chance your mattress is to blame.
Sagging, lumps, and other malformations become evident as the mattress breaks down. Some of these can be minute and difficult to identify in the early stages. However, once you can physically feel them in your mattress, it is imperative that you get a replacement. If you notice these in the early life of your mattress, check with the manufacturer to see whether a replacement is offered.
If it has been a while since you’ve had a good night’s sleep or that you continually wake up tired, chances are your mattress is to blame. Even if you don’t notice any substantial changes on the surface, it is likely that your mattress has run its course. As the interior structure breaks down, it is difficult to stay supported and comfortable, causing a rise in tossing and turning and increased restless nights. A surefire way to pinpoint this as an issue is whether you begin looking forward to sleeping elsewhere, knowing you will wake better rested.
As you age, the replacement time for your mattress lessens. After the age of 40, people need more support for their bodies and the loss of firmness that occurs over time with a mattress begins to affect the body and overall health. Whether you are a side, stomach, or back sleeper affects the level of firmness you may need. After five years, it is a good idea to evaluate whether your mattress is providing adequate support for you. If you have hit the decade mark, it’s time for a change.
Getting a good night’s sleep can affect your physical health as well as your mental alertness, resulting in in positive changes during your waking hours. Take the plunge and invest in a new mattress when the time comes and it will pay off in both the short and long term for your overall well-being.