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Ah, your beloved mattress, old faithful! You spent a lot of time finding your perfect match and, knowing the importance of a good night’s sleep, you invested good money in it. Fast forward a number of years, your beloved mattress is starting to show signs of wear and you’re asking yourself the question: do I need a new mattress?
We’ve compiled this helpful Mattress Checker which outlines key signs to look for that will help you decide if you need a new mattress.
Sagging is one of the most obvious and visible indications that it’s time to replace your mattress. No matter the type of mattress you have, over time they will began to sag as springs break down and compress and memory foam loses it’s firmness and this can lead to an indent forming in your bed. As soon as a mattress begins to sag, it is losing its ability to provide appropriate support for your body weight and it’s time to start looking at replacements.
If you’re waking up every morning with aches and pains and you can’t pinpoint a legitimate cause, then it’s possible that your mattress is the problem. As mentioned above, as a mattress ages and begins to sag and lose its structural integrity, the mattresses’ ability to provide sufficient support for your body weight also reduces. Without support, pressure points like the neck, shoulders, back and hips end up bearing more weight and the spine is no longer in neutral alignment leading to aches and pains in the joints and back.
Hearing creaks or groans from your bedframe or base is one thing, but if you can hear the springs in your mattress, it suggests that the coils have aged and lost their spring factor rendering them incapable of providing you with the support your body needs when sleeping. It’s time for a replacement!
Like all soft furnishings, over time mattresses will accumulate allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mould, and mildew. These irritants can trigger allergies, causing sneezing, watering eyes and a stuffed-up nose among other things. If your mattress is triggering your allergies and you’re spending more time sneezing than snoozing when you go to bed, then it’s time to replace your mattress. When looking for a new mattress, look for a mattress made of hypoallergenic materials like latex or memory foam, a hybrid mattress will also offer a solution to your problem.
If you’ve had your mattress for longer than 7-8 years, it’s time for a change as it has reached the point where the effects of long term use and general wear and tear will begin to show. This impacts the ability of the mattress to provide comfort and support the body sufficiently, leading to aches and pains on your pressure points and negatively impacting the quality of your sleep.
During pregnancy the body experiences a lot of changes and many people choose this time to replace their mattress as they want to ensure their body is being supported during every stage of their pregnancy, creating optimal conditions for a good night’s sleep. Check out our article on the best mattress for pregnancy to learn more.
So, there you have it, have a run through our mattress checklist and see how your mattress stands up to it. If you can check even one of the boxes above, it’s worth considering replacing your mattress now before the quality of your sleep begins to deteriorate further. If you need some help, check out our handy mattress buying guide.