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As much as we’d like to believe that our mattress will last forever, the truth is it won’t and the time will eventually come when you’ll need to replace it. For too many of us, the time to replace our mattress is long over due because we don’t know what signs to look for, sentimental reasons, inertia, or are we just too busy to bother. Here are some indications that it’s time to upgrade your mattress.
The most obvious is the appearance of your mattress. If it looks tired or worn with seams that are starting to come open and unsewn, fabric is starting to fray and tear it’s time to start shopping for a new mattress. If your mattress starts to sag in the middle with the edges no longer providing support, a permanent impression of your body is left in the mattress, or it starts to sag to one partner’s side, it’s time for a new mattress.
Another indication that it’s time for a new mattress is if you are waking up feeling stiff, experiencing numbness or various aches and pains. If these aches and pains wear off during the day it’s probably your mattress quality rather than a medical issue. However, these aches and pains is your body’s way of telling you it needs an upgraded mattress. The sooner you listen to your body and buy a new mattress, the sooner you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.
If your sleep quality has declined and you are certain it is not due to caffeine or a medical condition. If you reflect on your sleeping patterns from a few months back and notice a significant difference between how well you could doze off compared to now, it might be time to consider it’s because of your mattress.
Mattresses usually last between eight to ten years. And since we spend a third of our lives sleeping, settling for second best is out of the question. When you compromise on mattress quality you sacrifice your quality of sleep. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes sleep as important to public health because sleep insufficiency can be linked to car crashes, industrial disasters, occupational errors and medical conditions. Persons with sleep insufficiency are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases like cancer, hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, increased mortality and a reduction in productivity and life quality.
Box springs and mattresses are designed to complement each other and should be purchased together. When you pair a mattress with a different brand’s box springs and can affect even change the overall feel because the two pieces were not properly designed together. Additionally, you should never put a new mattress on your old box springs as this too can impact your sleep quality.
A worn out mattress doesn’t provide adequate support like it did when it was new, causing a person discomfort and impacting their ability to fall asleep. Everyone’s body changes with age and so do comfort levels. What you found comfortable five or seven years ago may be much different than what you prefer today. So, even if you don’t have any of the indications mentioned above, when your bed is no longer comfortable, it’s time to make the change to a new mattress.