If you’re not sleeping as well as you used to, it may be time to replace your mattress. Learn when to get a new mattress with this guide.
Have you noticed lately that you aren’t getting a restful sleep anymore? Your mattress might be the reason, and it might be time to replace it.
Keep reading to learn the signs for when to get a new mattress.
If you notice that your mattress is making squeaking sounds or the sound of screeching metal, that could be a sign that it is ready to be replaced. This is mainly the case for mattresses that have metal coils inside them.
You may be able to replace the box spring or tighten the metal bolts in the mattress for a temporary fix. Generally, though, this is a sign that the coils are starting to deteriorate, aren’t as supportive as before and could lead to sagging. This means you won’t be getting the support that you and your back needs.
Once your mattress starts to sag, it’s time to replace it. This is the most common sign that your mattress is beginning to fail.
Usually sagging is an indication that the coils are starting to weaken or, if you have memory foam, that it is beginning to lose its overall shape. It’s easy to tell if your mattress is sagging because you will see it dip down and begin to take the shape of a body.
This can happen to mattresses quicker for those who may be a bit heavier since the sleeper might leave a deeper indentation in the mattress throughout the night. If in the morning when you wake up, the mattress doesn’t return to its normal, flat shape, then its time to consider replacing it with a new one.
Read this guide to learn more ways to prevent sagging.
3. Waking Up with Pain
If you are waking up in the morning consistently in pain, then your mattress is no longer as supportive as it should be and is making your body uncomfortable. You may experience pain in your shoulders and hips because the mattress is not taking the pressure off of those areas.
Another common pain will be in your lower back, especially if your mattress is sagging. Waking up with pain in the morning could lead to further aches and pains and problems down the road and is not something that you should let go on for too long.
If you are tossing and turning all night because you can’t get comfortable, that is another sign that it’s time to replace your mattress. This could be because the mattress has lost its shape, is lumpy in some spots or saggy in others.
Another cause for discomfort is if you are sinking down into the foam of the bed, even if it doesn’t look like the bed has sagged. This means that the core of the memory foam or full foam has begun to soften and has lost its ability to provide support and gives you the feeling of being sucked in.
If you, or your partner, are waking up a lot in the middle of the night and are finding it difficult to fall back asleep then it’s possible that your mattress is the reason why you aren’t getting a night of restful sleep.
If you notice you are consistently waking up with a runny nose, watery eyes or other cold-like symptoms then your mattress might be to blame.
Dust, mold, mildew and other allergens have a tendency to accumulate into the fabric of your mattress, especially if you aren’t using a mattress cover, and will cause you to wake up daily feeling like you have a cold.
If you are sensitive to these types of allergens consider buying a mattress made out of natural latex or wool to avoid this issue in the future.
Over time your mattress can become stained due to all sorts of different factors, pets, children or maybe that one time you were eating in bed and spilled your plate. Even if you have done your best to clean the spot, the stains may become home to mold and microbes which can bother your allergies or make you sick.
Getting a stain doesn’t mean it has to be the end of your mattress though. Depending on the type of mattress you may be able to flip it over or use a mattress protector which can add some longevity to your mattress and also prevent future staining.
If you have quite a few stains, however, then it is best to replace the mattress and avoid getting ill.
7. Bed Bugs
Unfortunately, bed bugs have been making a comeback and have become more common to find in your own home. These nasty creatures can make it into your home if you have been traveling and unknowingly brought them back with you, or have recently had a guest who brought them into your home.
Once you have had bed bugs take up residence in your mattress it is almost impossible to get out. You will need to replace the mattress as soon as you can and also inspect other mattresses and furniture in your home to avoid them coming back.
8. Your Situation has Changed
If your life has changed since you purchased your mattress, either by weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or you are now sleeping with or without a partner than it is time for a replacement.
You may find that with your change in weight your old mattress doesn’t support you the same and is uncomfortable. Or perhaps you find that your old mattress is now either too big or too small for your lifestyle. Any of these changes mean that it’s time for a new mattress to fit your new lifestyle.
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We hope that you have found this guide helpful for deciding when to get a new mattress. Hopefully, you will be sleeping soundly and waking up rested in no time!
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