Getting a new mattress can be a wonderful thing. A new bed can help you sleep better, which can improve your physical health and your outlook on life.
Sometimes, though, the process of getting a new bed can feel like a chore. It means spending time researching and shopping and making big decisions that could affect your life for a long time. There’s no point in going through that if you don’t have to!
If you’re thinking about getting a new mattress but you aren’t sure you need one, here are some signs to look for.
Signs From Your Mattress
Your mattress can’t talk, but it can definitely tell you when it’s not doing a good job anymore!
You Haven’t Bought a Mattress Since the Clinton Era (or Even Bush)
If you haven’t bought a new mattress since before Clinton left office in 2001, you are seriously overdue for a new bed! Even if you bought while Dubya was president, you’re probably due for an upgrade. Most mattresses last about 7 years, with 10 often being the maximum amount of time that you should sleep in the same bed. After that, while you may not see a change, your bed won’t be supporting you as well.
Your Bed Stops Responding
We’ve all had so-called friends who suddenly become ghosts, and the same thing can happen with your bed. It won’t disappear, but it will stop returning to the same position after you leave it. This tends to happen with memory foam, though it can also happen with some latex beds. Sure, the foam is supposed to respond and conform to your body. But once you’re out of bed, it’s supposed to bounce back. When you can see an outline of where you slept and you’ve been up for hours, you need a new mattress.
Your Mattress Sags
Does your bed dip in the middle? Even a small sag can mean that your mattress is no longer supporting your body like it should. People tend to only look for sags when they have a mattress with springs, but the truth is that all beds can sag. Memory foam gets softer, fibers compress, and springs degrade over time. Whenever there’s a sag, it’s time to get a new bed.
You See Lumps in Your Mattress
Similarly, you shouldn’t see lumps in your mattress. This indicates that the padding has shifted over time, and is especially significant when you can’t push the lumps down or redistribute the padding. Lumps may feel soft to the touch, but when you sleep on them they can create pressure points that shouldn’t be there. This can cause pain or a lack of spinal alignment, neither of which are good for you.
Your Mattress Changes
Any time your mattress changes significantly, it’s probably time for a new one. Changes in responsiveness, sagging, and lumps, as discussed above, mean it’s time to go shopping. Your mattress can also feel like it changes in firmness, becoming soft where it was once firm or feeling firmer than it once did. Memory foam is especially susceptible to this, because it is made to respond to heat. When kept in the cold, it can become too hard, and it can get too soft when temps are high.
Signs From Your Body
Listen to your body! It will also tell you when it’s time for a new bed.
You’re Allergic to Your Mattress
Over time, dust mites and even bacteria can build up in your mattress. In addition to being gross, this can cause major allergy problems for some people. If you are waking in the night all stuffed up but you’re fine for the rest of the day, or if you sneeze whenever you go near your bed, it’s likely time for a new mattress. You can mitigate some of these problems by covering your new bed with a full mattress encasement, to keep mites and other buggies away.
Your Back Only Hurts When You’ve Been in Bed
You feel fine…except when you wake up in the morning. If you wake up in pain every day, your bed may very well be the problem. This is especially true if you wake up with the same pain every day and, once that pain gets worked out, it doesn’t return until you go to bed again. Mattresses can lose their ability to support your body properly long before you see signs of wear, so listen to your body and buy a new bed.
You Sleep Well…Anywhere but Home
When every other bed is more comfortable than yours, it’s time to go mattress shopping. Your bed should be your refuge, your castle, your safe place. When you aren’t comfortable in it, you may think the problem is you. But when you sleep well in hotels and on trips and even on Aunt Jenny’s fold-out couch, it’s definitely the bed. Replace your mattress and regain the joy of a comfortable bed.
You’re Always Tired
Maybe you sleep well, but you’re always tired. While it’s a good idea to go to a doctor to rule out any medical problems, your bed may be the culprit. You won’t sleep as well or as deeply in an uncomfortable bed, so you’ll lose many of the benefits sleep can offer. Level up your sleep game with a new mattress, and you may even give up your morning coffee.
You’d Love to Sleep…But You Can’t
Do you toss and turn all night, even when you’re not anxious, upset, or stressed? Do you feel like you just can’t find a good position for sleep? Maybe you’re just uncomfortable or your body isn’t being supported well enough for you to sleep well. A new mattress could help eliminate your insomnia so you can get a full night’s sleep again.
If your mattress needs replacing, don’t hesitate! The process will be worth the effort when you’re sleeping deeply, waking up pain-free, and going through your days feeling rested and strong.