We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, yet mattresses are one of the most overlooked items in our homes. Since mattresses are typically covered with sheets, blankets and pillows, they tend to be out of sight, out of mind. As a result, the average person will not replace a mattress when it becomes worn out. Even if they are experiencing difficulty sleeping, they will typically still wait another 2-5 years before they decide to buy a new one. That just doesn’t make sense, and it’s hurting us.
Mattresses change over time as they age and start to sag. As a result, they stop providing proper support, particularly for your back, hips and neck. As a result your muscles begin to overcompensate, leaving you sore and tired in the morning. Sometimes our bodies begin adapting to the worn-out mattress, which can result in someone actually developing a curve in their back or side, and experiencing pain. They then might seek out treatment from a chiropractor or other doctor, but the pain doesn’t resolve because they haven’t addressed the root cause – the mattress. Even when they purchase a new mattress it may take a while to rectify the damage they’ve done by sticking with the old mattress for so long.
In addition to difficulty sleeping and back problems, another hidden health problem lurks within your worn-out mattress, and it isn’t pretty. Mattresses tend to gain weight over time. Why? Oil, moisture, dead skin cells – and the colonies of dust mites that feed on them. Gross, right? It’s even worse if you suffer from allergies, as dust mite dropping are a major source of discomfort for allergy sufferers. Off-putting to think about, but since you can’t very effectively clean a mattress, there is no real way to prevent this from happening. Mattress covers can help, but the real solution is replacing your mattress once it has reached the end of its functional life span.
Top 5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Mattress
- You aren’t sleeping well, and wake up feeling stiff and sore.
- You sleep better when you are away from home, or on the couch.
- You are experiencing allergic reactions.
- The mattress just looks worn out and lumpy.
- You can’t remember how long you’ve owned your mattress.
If you are experiencing any health issues that you think are attributable to your mattress, than the answer to the question of when to buy a new mattress is always easy. Now! Even if you and your partner aren’t experiencing any sleep-related issues, that still doesn’t mean you should hang onto your mattress until you do. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
A good rule of thumb is to replace a premium mattress every 8-11 years. If you bought a lesser-quality mattress to save a few dollars, sadly it will actually cost you more since they typically need to be replaced at least every 5 years, and sometimes as soon as 2 years! So as you can see, it is important to buy the best quality mattress you can, as it is so important to your health and wellbeing. A new mattress will help you sleep easier, breathe easier and wake up feeling more refreshed. At Allen Wayside Furniture Superstore, our sales team can explain the many mattress options available, including adjustable, memory foam, hybrid and more.