Replacing an old mattress may only happen once every decade, but mattresses are subjected to different levels of wear and tear. Sleeping on a bad mattress can cause number of health risks, some of which can be downright deadly.
For this reason, you must be aware of the tell-tale signs that you must replace the old mattress with a much more ergonomic bed.
Don’t Ignore the Most Obvious Signs
A mattress’ ability to perform its function is significantly reduced as it ages. Basically, a mattress’ main function is to give comfort and support as the user sleeps. As the mattress gets old, you’ll begin to notice that the foam begins to thin out or sag to the point that it is already hurting the sleeper’s spine.
A brand new mattress is expected to last up to 10 years (or 15, if you are lucky). However, it is possible for a mattress to require replacement much sooner if it sees heavy use, or use by a heavier than normal person. It usually takes consumers 5 to 8 years before calling it quits with their previous mattresses.
Watch Out for These Subtler Signs
If you feel more stressed rather than refreshed every time you wake up, then take it as a subtle sign from your body that it wants a mattress replacement. One of the possible reasons why you are feel terrible as soon as you wake up is because you might have been tossing and turning all night.
One needs to understand that a mattress must give comfort as well as support. If a mattress fails to give support, then the pressure points of your body will shift as you lay down on the mattress, which causes the twisting and turning. Tossing and turning often leads to pain in the shoulders, back, and neck. Such pains may also be caused by sleeping on a mattress with wrong firmness.
Lastly, if you are more comfortable sleeping on a strange bed, like in hotels, rather than in your own bed, then you must seriously consider replacing your mattress with a new one. Your personal mattress should give you more comfort than any other bed.
If your body is exhibiting any of these signs, then you really must consider buying a new mattress before you experience some of the more severe consequences of sleeping on your current bed. Visit the nearest mattress store today and start searching for the perfect mattress.
7 Signs It’s Time for a New Mattress, MSN.com
What You Need To Know Before You Buy a New Mattress, HuffingtonPost.com
Replacing a Mattress, BetterSleep.org