It is recommendable to check your mattress after every few years. Therefore, if you have not checked your mattress of late, it is good to do so now. Regular checks are important to determine when it is time to replace your mattress.
Generally, many people use their mattress warranties as a yardstick to determine when the mattress needs a replacement but this is not necessarily the best approach. In this article, I am going to show you what signs should warn you that your mattress requires being replaced.
- Waking up with aches and pains in your back
As mattress age up, they tend to lose their support and comfort level. When support is lost, it means you will be sleeping directly on the springs, which causes pressure points.
Again, since the comfort layers lose their compression your lower back will sink into the mattress causing neck, shoulders and back pain. You might realize that the morning neck and back pains get better throughout the day, which is an indicator that you are sleeping on the wrong surface.
- The mattress is over 8 years old
One of the major factors when deciding whether your mattress needs a replacement or not is its age. It is not a surprise that many people cannot remember when they bought their last mattress. According to consumer reports, you need to replace your best mattress for back pain every 7-10 years no matter what the warranty says.
This might shock you if your mattress came with a 20-year warranty. What you need to know is that most warranty only cover some aspects of the springs and workmanship but not the overall comfort and support.
- Sleeping in other places feels more comfortable
If you have started feeling more comfortable sleeping on the couch, another bedroom or even in a hotel room while on vacation than you actually feel at home, this could be a sign that you need a replacement. Your mattress should always feel comfortable and supportive to keep your body relaxed. Otherwise, if your mattress loses its support you will struggle to fall asleep.
- Visible and a noticeable sag or impression
Muscles, joint and back pains are commonly associated with a worn out mattress. It is important to check the signs of sagging or body impressions. As the mattress core springs breakdown, they lose its supporting ability.
Consequently, impressions foams when polyester fiber or foam compresses. Sleep experts suggest that sagging should not be deeper than 1.5 inches. If your mattress sags below this depth, you are at a higher risk of suffering back pains and this will ultimately affect the quality of your sleep.
- Suffering from dust mite allergies
Dust mites thrive in mattress and beddings are the leading causes of allergens. Allergens build up gradually. Therefore, if you do not use a mattress protector, dust mites find their way into your mattress and multiply.
After some time, you may start suffering from bad allergies at night or early in the morning. When this happens, you may try to vacuum, steam or flip your mattress but if these efforts turn out in futility just know your mattress requires a replacement.
- A significant change in weight
Our weights change significantly during the mattress cycle due to our lifestyle and health. A mattress that used to feel comfortable may no longer be able to support you after 4-5 years. If you have gained weight over time, your mattress may feel too soft and unsupportive.
Similarly, if you have lost weight, the mattress may feel too firm for you. Either way, you may try a mattress topper as a temporary solution until you’re ready to buy yourself a new mattress.
Your mattress will always signal you when a replacement is necessary. If you observe any of these indicators just prepare to acquire a new mattress. If your mattress is more than 8 years old, you no longer feel rested, you wake up with back, shoulder and neck pains, body impressions and sagging, dust mites allergies, and if you have significantly changed weight during the mattress cycle.