Jun 28, 2019

Is It Time to Change Your Mattress: The Tell-Tale Signs

Buying a new mattress can be a very stressful affair. Not only is it an expensive purchase that you will be stuck with for a long time, but also the amount of choice and variants is enough to get anyone’s head spinning.

However, an alternative is sleeping on a mattress which no longer suits you and needs replacing. How do you tell if your mattress needs to be changed?

We asked mattress professionals at Mattress Makers to tell us what you should pay attention to when determining whether your mattress needs to be updated. Here’s their take on the topic.

Your Mattress Is Old

Even if your mattress seems to be fine, if it’s over ten years old, chances are that you will need to replace it soon.

That’s why it is good to have some foresight and see what’s around. If you have an adjustable bed, you may damage a regular mattress, and you would be better off buying a specialized adjustable base friendly mattress which can bend with the bed.

Old mattresses lose a lot of the properties which made it good in the beginning, and you will progressively have poorer quality of sleep on it, even if you may not notice it at first.

You Don’t Sleep Well On It Anymore

If, however, you do notice that you don’t sleep as well on your mattress and you wake up less rested or even in pain, it is most likely that your mattress needs changing.

Sleep is incredibly important for all we do, and not getting enough of it, or getting poor quality sleep will certainly impede your life and your productivity.

It’s Squeaking

Apart from the way you feel when you sleep on your mattress, there are some visible and audible cues which you can use to determine that your mattress is at the end of its service time.

Spring coil mattresses used to be really popular, and still are for some people. However, the bad thing about these mattresses is that after a while, the metal coils inside can rust and lose their elasticity.

This brings about several problems, but the most obvious one would be the squeaking every time you make a move. This can really put a dent in your sleep time and quality, especially if you or a person you share your bed with move a lot during sleep.

There Are Springs Sticking Out

In the more extreme case of the ‘old spring col mattress’ scenario, some of the coils on your mattress can actually go through the protective soft cover and start sticking out of the mattress and poking you.

You don’t need a mattress expert to know that it is high time to change it if this happens to you.

It Has Sagged

A bit more subtle visible problem, and one which you will certainly feel as back and neck pain, is that your mattress has sagged somewhat. The loss of elasticity of your mattress caused by material fatigue will lead it to slowly deform where it is pressured the most – in the shape of your body in your favorite sleeping position.

At first, it might seem irrelevant, but as the deformation becomes bigger, you may start experiencing some discomfort, such as back pain and difficulties getting out of the indentation in your bed in the morning.

You Have Allergies

Mattresses can be an ideal home for dust mites which feed on dead skin and hair cells. These little critters are everywhere and aren’t harmful to us. However, they can trigger allergies or asthma attacks because they produce fine dust.

New mattresses tend to have some hypoallergenic properties, but as the mattress gets older, those properties get lost and your allergy or asthma problem may return.

Buying a mattress can be a costly purchase, which is why people tend to put it off. However, if you have noticed some of these signs, you might be better off preparing for getting a new mattress soon.

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