Do you struggle to sleep because you can’t get comfortable? When was the last time you got a new mattress?
A study from the Better Sleep Council looked at reasons people choose to replace their mattresses.
The number one reason consumers decided to make this purchase was for health and comfort. Other customers made the change because their mattress was deteriorating.
If you wonder if it’s time to think about making a change, keep reading. This article will describe some signs you need a new mattress.
Signs You Need a New Mattress
Each person has different needs for comfortable sleeping conditions. Yet, there are several factors that may mean it’s time to upgrade.
1. Are You Rolling into a Valley?
One of the most common complaints about a mattress is rolling into the center or into their partner. This may even happen with a new mattress.
The “Bonnelle” coil system contains coils attached with wires. This style sinks in response to body weight. This can result in sagging toward the middle or rolling into the heavier partner.
Mattresses made from poor quality materials may compress. This can cause peaks and valleys and a sore back. A broken box spring or frame that doesn’t have a center support can also cause the mattress to sink.
2. Do You Feel Forgotten?
Memory foam mattresses advertise that they “remember” your body and your sleeping position. Yet, when you get up, the foam returns to its original shape. As time goes on, the cellular structure breaks down and loses its resilience.
This can decrease the support and it may become too hard or too soft. Memory foam is also temperature sensitive.
For many people, this causes a hot sleeping experience that increases restlessness.
3. Yes, Age Matters
Most people don’t keep track of the age of their mattresses. Yet, your age and the age of your mattress play a role in getting restful sleep.
Consumer Reports states that people over the age of 40 may need to replace the mattress after 5 to 7 years. As you age, the body becomes more sensitive to pressure and tends to have more sleep issues.
If you take care of your mattress, Consumer Reports says it can last 10 years.
But what about that a 20-year warranty? The warranty covers the parts such as the springs and the workmanship. It doesn’t address overall comfort.
To preserve your mattress, don’t let it be treated like a trampoline. Rotate it every two weeks for the first 3 months and then every two months. Make sure your bed frame has a center support.
To keep track of the age of your mattress, write the purchase date on the label. If you are questioning this “expiration date”, evaluate its actual comfort level. Ask yourself if you’ve just adjusted to a less comfortable sleeping condition.
4. Do You Feel Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed?
Do you wake refreshed and ready for your day? If not, and you don’t have other sleep disorders, your mattress may be the culprit.
You may not realize it, but if you’re not comfortable, your body works all night to try and find relief. This is exhausting. Give yourself and break and get a more comfortable mattress.
5. Do You Wake Feeling 'Achey Breakey'?
After a good night’s sleep, you should feel relaxed, refreshed, and invigorated. Is this how you feel? Or do you wake up with stiffness and pain in your neck, shoulders, and back?
As mattresses age, they lose their ability to provide support. Your favorite comfort zone becomes matted down and you may find that you’re sleeping on the springs. When the midsection of your body sags, it leads to discomfort in your neck, shoulders, and back.
If this pain improves through the day, it’s probably a mattress issue. Another clue is if you find that you sleep better on the couch or another bed.
If you have trouble getting to sleep at night, it may result from not finding a relaxing position. Replacing that old mattress may solve your problem.
6. Does Your Bed Squeak and Creak?
Old spring mattresses and box springs wear out over time. Squeaking and creaking can signal broken or failing springs. When this happens, you lose support and it often sags.
Broken springs may even poke out through the fabric. Having a metal spring jab into your body will NOT improve your sleep experience. This is a definite sign that it’s time for an upgrade.
7. Have Your Allergies Ramped Up?
Did you know that dust mites are one of the most common allergens? Did you know that they thrive in bedding and mattresses? People who notice more allergy symptoms at night and when they wake up may have a dust mite issue.
Many layers of cotton create a favorite spot for dust-mite hibernation and reproduction.
Memory foam, latex, and waterbeds are more resistant to dust mites. Frequent washing of pillows, bedding and using a dust mite-resistant cover can prolong your mattress life.
Mold and mildew also build up in mattresses over time. For many, these can trigger allergic responses. Choosing hypoallergenic materials such as wool or latex may decrease your symptoms.
Do You Think It’s Time to Get a New Mattress?
If you are experiencing any of the problems described in this article, it may be signs you need a new mattress. Nest Bedding products are designed, manufactured, and use materials sourced from the USA.
These organic and natural mattresses meet the highest standards.
We offer a 100-night sleep trial since we know it takes a while to adjust to a new mattress.
We also have “Nestologists” available to discuss your individual comfort needs. If you have a zipper top mattress, they may recommend you try inserting a different layer to increase your comfort.
Contact us today to ask questions and place your order.