How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

Finding the right, comfortable, and supportive mattress is very important since spending most of our lives sleeping.

Even if your mattress fits your desire, there will come a time to move on and say goodbye.

Before looking for evidence that your mattress is ready to be changed, consider how much you have been owning the mattress. The average mattress lasts 7 to 10 years. So if you’ve been buying your current mattress for more than 10 years, it’s probably time to upgrade.

To know if it’s time to change your mattress, be aware of the following signs:

1. The Mattress is Sagging

A sagging mattress indicates that you may need a new mattress. Sagging occurs when the mattress coil weakens or when the memory foam begins to lose shape.

The clear body impression of the mattress sometimes tells you that the mattress is saggy. This is common for heavy people whose bodies can leave deep dents on the mattress. If your mattress doesn’t immediately return to its normal flat look when you get up, it may be time to replace your mattress.

2. Your Mattress is Noisy

Screeching and metal squeaks may be a sign that the mattress needs to be replaced. This mainly applies to coil spring mattresses. You can solve this problem by tightening all the screws on the mattress or box spring. 

However, if the mattress is noisy, this means that the coil is starting to get old and may not be supporting your body as it used to be.

3. Your Mattress Smells

Your mattress can just start smelling and this is definitely not as fun as it sounds. This can occur over time as dust mites, mold, and fungi build up on the mattress.

If you live in a humid climate, it can occur even faster. If you sniff the mattress and it smells like strong rancid, it may be time to get rid of it.

To avoid a smelly experience keep on cleaning your mattress and adding a mattress protector. This way your sleep quality will change a lot and you will have a good night’s sleep.

4. Your Mattress Escalates Your Allergy Levels

Mold and mites that invade the mattress can increase and worsen the problem of allergies or asthma. If you wake up frequently with watery eyes, runny nose, or headaches, it may be due to a mattress allergen.

Allergic patients should be aware of these specific materials when purchasing a new mattress, as there are several materials and types of mattresses (such as natural latex mattresses and wool mattresses) that can help prevent the accumulation of allergens.

5. Your Mattress Aches Your Body

If waking up feeling aches all over your body starts to be frequent, consider changing your mattress. Sometimes body pains are not a result of a bad routine but of the facility.

You may feel pain in your neck, shoulders, or lower back because the mattress does not relieve pressure on these areas. You may also experience back pain due to poor support.

Awakening with pain is not something you have to get used to, and ignoring your pain can lead to more problems. If this is a problem, it is especially important to pay attention and start looking for a new mattress.

6. You Are Not Feeling Comfortable

Having trouble getting comfortable or having a good time during sleep is another sign that a new mattress is needed. Tossing all night may mean that your mattress lost its comfort and support. If you wake up often all night, your old mattress may be responsible.

7. You Sleep Comfortably on a Different Mattress

If you can sleep well on another mattress, it is advisable to replace the mattress. If you wake up with a stuffy nose or joint pain and then sleep in the hotel and wake up without problems, the mattress may be causing sleep problems.

If you think your mattress is getting closer to the end of its life, you should try sleeping on a new mattress and compare your experiences.

8. Your Sleeping Situation is Different

Even if the mattress is still in good shape, it may be time to get a new mattress. Life situations change instantly, and mattresses may not fit your new needs.

Finding out about the pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain, and/or new sleep partner may justify the purchase of a new mattress. If you have a medical condition such as arthritis, sciatica, or fibromyalgia, that is also a reason to find a new mattress with good pressure relaxation.

Written by: Venus Marwani

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