A good mattress can be invaluable to your ensured and continued sleep health. We spend a sizeable portion of our lives on our beds. Finding a mattress that facilitates uninterrupted sleep and is comfortable and supportive is an incredible feat.
Unfortunately, no mattress, no matter the quality or price, can last forever. Even the best ones run their course. Eventually, you will have to throw yours out and replace it with a newer version. But how would you know when the time has come to do so?
A standard mattress lasts anywhere between 7 to 10 years if maintained well. If your mattress is older than that, you’re likely in need of a new one. But for those of us whose mattresses are slightly younger, you’ll have to keep an eye out for signs – some of which are easier to spot than others. In this article, we list out everything you should be looking out for before making the switch.
If you’ve started to notice that you’ve been waking up sore, with new aches and pains seemingly every day, it’s a firm clue that your mattress has served its purpose. Older mattresses can hurt your back, neck, shoulders, and hips as they cannot provide your body with the support it requires.
There may also be physical impressions of your body on your bed once you leave it. A good, supportive mattress will retain its natural shape when the weight of your body is gone. If it’s unable to revert to its original state, it’s not likely to be able to align with your spine as you sleep.
The deterioration of your mattress will not be obvious. Most people wouldn’t link their body aches to their sleep set-up immediately. However, these pains are good indicators that it’s time to start researching your new mattress purchase.
A squeaky mattress is never a pleasant thing. Sometimes, you’ll even be able to hear the screech of metal, a sure sign that your mattress is no longer serviceable. Sometimes, the feature coils of a mattress can be fixed by tightening loose bolts. However, it’s also entirely possible that the coils have aged beyond repair and will not be able to provide the support you need. In that case, it’s time to move on to newer pastures.
People who are sensitive to allergens will be able to pick up on this sooner. If you feel yourself sniffling and getting sick more often, your mattress could be the culprit. Breathing issues and asthma can be triggered by dust mite excrement coalesced on an older mattress. It could also contain bacteria, mould, and other sordid creatures capable of worsening your allergies.
If you think you’re suffering from a sleep disorder because of your inability to fall asleep but knock out immediately when you’re staying over at a friend’s place, the problem might not be you. An old mattress can cause many issues that impede sleep. For instance, a stuffed nose caused by exposure to allergens, a bumpy mattress, and body aches caused by an unsupportive mattress could be the reasons for your bout of insomnia. In that case, the only way forward is to replace the mattress with something better.
Even the best, most well-maintained mattresses will one day be rendered unusable. You have to discern the signs when the time comes to protect your general well-being and ensure a good night’s sleep every night.
Four Star is a mattress shop with a wide range of high-quality mattresses that will last you a long time. Made from the best materials and diverse enough to cater to even those with extremely unique sleep profiles, we’re sure to be able to find you a sleep set-up you’ll love. Contact us today to learn more!
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