Some of us are so used to our mattresses, we’d like to just keep them forever. But just because we’re so used to something doesn’t mean we should keep it forever. Especially not if it’s a mattress that badly needs replacing.
Below are 8 signs you need to watch out for, because they indicate that it’s definitely time for a new mattress:
1. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed
If you’re very cranky and moody lately, it may be because you keep waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Or actually, it might be because you have the wrong bed in the first place. You may wonder why you’re always in such a bad mood even when you think you’re getting enough sleep.
It may be because you always wake up tired, and that’s because you’re always tossing and turning at night. If your mattress no longer gives you the support that your body requires, you won’t get the restful, good night’s sleep that you need to recharge.
2. Pain pain go away, come again another day
Waking up with a sore back, especially if it happens ALL the time, is definitely a sign that your mattress should go. It’s either all the support has gone and you can feel the springs pushing into your back, or you may have the wrong firmness and you need to reevaluate your purchase.
If your mattress is too soft, it won’t give you the support needed for the entire night. This becomes problematic especially if you have back problems that need to be addressed.
3. Fly me to the moon
The moon has craters, but your mattress shouldn’t. Over time, the material that the mattress is made of will go through the normal wear and tear. We may want our mattresses to last forever but the reality is that springs will break down, fibers will decompose, and memory foam will become softer and softer.
Now you might notice that your mattress is starting to sag and craters are forming in some parts. The impressions that your body leaves can get really obvious over time, and even if these ‘craters’ are 1 to 2 inches deep, this still means your body is not getting adequate support.
4. Signs of aging
Even the best mattress in the world is not immune to aging, and so are you. You have to be aware of exactly how old your mattress is because normally, you need to change the mattress into a new one every 7 to 8 years. You also have to consider that as you grow older, your needs change.
With aging comes back problems, and this may mean that you’ll need to upgrade your mattress into one with better support. If your mattress is showing obvious signs of aging like sagging and wearing out, then don’t ignore the signs and just change it.
You won’t get a good night’s sleep if your bed makes a sound every time you move. Even if there are two of you sharing the bed, a good mattress eliminates motion transfer and ensures that partners don’t disturb each other. But if your hear moaning and creaking sounds from your box spring, that means it needs changing.
So when you get a new mattress, check if you need to get a new box spring as well because that’s what will give your mattress support.
6. A lump here, a lump there
As time passes, the padding in your mattress may shift around and that’s why you’ll start seeing lumps. It may start with one lump that you simply ignored but then you’ll start noticing another lump somewhere, and another, and another.
These lumps also mean that the density of the material is no longer even, which is problematic because you may not be supported in the right places.
If you keep sneezing and sneezing instead of snoozing, your mattress may be bringing out the worst allergies in you. This is definitely something that you shouldn’t ignore, because dust mites, mildew and mold can build up in mattresses over time, and they’re definitely not good for you.
It may also be that you’re allergic to the material that the mattress is made of, and that’s not good either. Your mattress should give you comfort instead of problems at night, so just get a new one if it doesn’t suit you.
If any of these signs are familiar to you, you shouldn’t turn a blind eye. Even if you think you’re saving money, you’ll end up doing more harm than good. As soon as any of these signs appear, you must waste no time and get yourself a new mattress as soon as possible. You won’t regret it.