How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress
Getting rest every night is essential to your overall well-being and health, yet millions of people from across the globe suffer from inadequate sleep. A study conducted by the NSF (National Sleep Foundation), discovered that 75% of adults in the US have issues with sleeping well. This study also went onto show that 60% of the respondents to this survey also experience daytime sleepiness, which results in absences from work, interfering with daily activities, or making mistakes while at work.
While some medical conditions might be the cause for bad sleep, in many cases it is caused by the mattress that people sleep on. Here are a few signs to look out for to determine when you should be replacing your mattress.
- Your Mattress Is Between 7 and 10 Years Old
Many studies have come to the conclusion that most mattresses have life-spans of about 8 years. This does vary according to the mattress type, the manufacturer, and whether you are sleeping alone or with someone else. In addition, if you are heavier it is likely that your mattress will expire faster than the recommended guidelines form the manufacturer.
A mattress is not designed for long-term use, and wear-and-tear will contribute to wearing your mattress out. So the first and most important sign that you need to replace your mattress is when it gets old.
- Your Mattress Has Started To Sag
If your mattress has started to show a dent which resembles your body shape, this is one of the signs that the mattress is worn out. Sagging occurs in just about all the different mattress materials and is usually observed in the area where you sleep the most.
Pillowtop, foam, and fiber materials will all start to deteriorate over time. A saggy mattress will start to interfere with your sleep and will eventually result in pains and aches when you wake up in the morning.
- Your Mattress Starts To Feel Uncomfortable
Knowing if your mattress feels comfortable or not may sound obvious, yet most people will adjust to the discomfort without even realizing it. For example, if you get a better nights sleep on either a friends bed or a mattress in a hotel, it may be a sign that your mattress at home is no longer comfortable. Other cases where your mattress may actually be uncomfortable is when you tried it out on a showroom floor only to find that a few months down the line it is no longer performing well.
The mattress upper is made of something known as the “comfort layer” which is designed to offer your body with adequate support along with offering pressure relief. Over time this comfort level will break down which eventually leads to body aches and poor sleep. Yet in some instances, your choice in a mattress may have been the wrong decision, to begin with. In this case, you have no other choice than to replace your mattress.
- You Are Waking Up Sore And Stiff
Poor sleep patterns will often contribute to or worsen back pain that is chronic. If you are waking up sore and stiff each morning, the mattress you are sleeping on might be a part of this issue. If you feel that the pain in your back is at its worst as you wake up and then it subsides when you start to move around or stretch, this is a signal that your mattress is contributing to or even causing your pain.
Investing in a mattress that is firmer is not always the right answer. A recent study has found that the medium-firm mattresses offer better support along with comfort for lower back pain. Experts in this industry suggest testing out various mattress types before you buy one when you suffer from discomfort and pain when you wake up or while you sleep.