Have you ever wondered when you should replace your mattress?
While it is often hidden under sheets and a comforter, your mattress receives nightly wear and tear. Most people will spend at least 2,555 hours in bed every year (averaging 7 hours per night). If you multiple that by 7 years, you will spend 17,885 hours in bed. Over the years, this constant use will break down the foams and support system, leading you to not get a good night’s sleep.
Here are some common signs that it is time to replace your mattress:
1. Waking up Tired or Sore
Do you often wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep? Or is your body stiff or sore in the morning? These are signs that your mattress is no longer providing the support your body needs to fully relax and rest all night. When your mattress stops providing comfort and support, you will toss and turn more often leading to a poor night’s sleep.
2. Worn, Saggy or Lumpy Mattress
Next time you are changing your sheets, inspect your mattress. If your mattress looks worn, lumpy or has visible sags in the mattress, it is most likely time to replace it.
3. You’ve Resorted to Sleeping on the Couch or Recliner
Whether you want to sleep sitting up or you find the couch more comfortable than your bed, this is a sure sign that you need to go mattress shopping. Many people who prefer sleeping in a recliner can benefit from the support of a mattress while sleeping slightly upright.
4. You don’t remember the last time you bought a mattress
If your mattress is 7-10 years or older, then a new mattress will likely improve your sleep. Technology advances have changed the foams and support used in today’s mattresses. Plus, your body has most likely changed within that time. If you have gained or lost weight, started having health issues or even gotten married, it is time to purchase a new mattress.
5. Your Partner Isn’t Sleeping
While it may not seem important, if your partner is tossing and turning all night, there is a good chance your mattress isn’t providing adequate support. Plus, a partner who is tossing and turning all night can interrupt your sleep if your mattress no longer reduces motion transfer.