Unlike other things that work one day and stop working the next, a bed stops working so slowly you hardly even know it’s happening. Eventually your body begins to support changes in the bed instead of the bed supporting you, and that can cause long term damage to your health – both physical and mental.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a mattress has an effective lifespan of about 8 years. After that, even if you think your bed is still fine, you won’t be getting the benefits your body needs for a healthy night’s sleep.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself right now:
Taking into consideration the following facts, should be a good enough reason to upgrade your mattress: waking up with aches and pains; mattress wear and tear signs; changes in your health or body relating to age; and allergens that worsen during the lifespan of your bed.
Here are a few more signs you should look out for when considering a mattress upgrade:
- Am I waking up feeling less rested than I used to, even after a full night’s sleep? This could be lifestyle-related, but it could also be because you’re not on a bed that’s doing its job properly.
- How old is my mattress? Most people think their mattress is a lot younger than it is. Remember, time flies. If it’s older than 8 to 10 years you really should think of replacing it, sooner rather than later.
- How hard am I on my mattress? The lifespan of your mattress varies depending on the type of mattress, your weight, your sleeping habits, sun exposure, etc.
- Do I find I sleep better in a hotel, or someone else’s bed?
- Is my mattress sagging? Other wear and tear signs include lumps or spring coils that can be felt through the fabric.
- Am I waking up with aches and pains? Stiffness and soreness are the most obvious tell-tale signs that your mattress is no longer providing the proper support and alignment your body needs. Is my partner disturbing me more than usual? An older mattress will lose its ability to reduce partner movement disturbance. Newer mattress technologies are much better at minimizing motion transfer.
- Am I suffering more from allergies or asthma? Your mattress may be the reason your allergies symptoms have worsened. With time, dust mites collect in your mattress and even with the regular cleaning and caring of your mattress – it does not eliminate the problem completely.
Finally, a word must be said about warranties.
A warranty is your protection against defective workmanship. It should not be considered as a guarantee of product lifespan. Your mattress may have a warranty of 10 or even 20 years, this does not mean it will provide maximum comfort and support for that period.
Answering these simple questions and taking steps to change your mattress can make all the difference to your sleep and health. With a new bed, saying “goodnight” can really turn into a good night.