Over your lifetime, knowing when to replace a mattress can save you thousands of dollars and many sleepless nights. Timing is everything. In fact, buying a new mattress too soon could waste hundreds of dollars. Perhaps your current mattress simply needed rotating. Likewise, holding off too long could lead to back or neck pain that might require the expertise of a registered massage therapist. Knowing when to replace a mattress is a useful skill. Let’s take a look at some of the most common indicators that it’s time to reinvigorate your bed.
It’s not rocket science. If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, there’s something keeping you awake. Of course, stress, a partner who tosses and turns, wolves howling at the moon, and a host of other things could be keeping you awake. But the typical offender is a worn-out mattress. If your sleep surface is lumpy and saggy, it may be the cause of your insomnia. Our spines and necks rest most naturally on a mattress that gives consistent support in all the right places. And once the body is at rest, our brains find it easier to fall asleep. Lumpy mattresses keep people awake; it’s that simple. So, why not run your hands across your mattress? Is it lumpy? Does it sag? If the answer is “yes,” then it is time for a change!
Deep, restful sleep is incredibly important for our physical and emotional well being. Everybody understands the irritability and distress that occurs when our minds are overtired. But tiredness can be confusing when we have slept for the recommended eight or nine hours. If you can secure a good quantity of sleep, but still feel tired, it may be your sleep quality that is suffering.
And your mattress may be the culprit. As mentioned above, lumps and sags can cause the body discomfort. In turn, this can cause the brain to focus on the body, rather than on its sleep cycle. However, if your mattress seems to have a consistent sleep surface, you may still want to consider if it is too hard or soft for your sleep type. Back sleepers often need a firmer mattress. Stomach sleepers usually prefer a medium or soft bed.
Ignorance is bliss. Perhaps you sleep like a baby night after night on a bed you’ve loved for decades. But your partner may not. Sleep patterns differ from person to person. And if your partner is losing sleep, that is something that needs to be taken seriously. In fact, if your spouse’s sleep worsens, that may have a knock-on effect for you. The more uncomfortable your mattress becomes through wear, the more your partner may toss and turn. You might sleep through all this, but your brain will be somewhat aware of your partner’s nocturnal maneuvers. In time, this will affect your sleep quality. The best and easiest solution is to replace an aging mattress when the first partner says it’s time.
Is your mattress causing you pain? It can be hard to know whether your back pain is caused by your sleep patterns or other factors. Bad posture, especially if you work a desk job, can cause significant discomfort in your shoulders. Likewise, many folks in construction or labor jobs lift heavy equipment and objects all day. This can severely impact the lower back. So how do you know if your mattress is the problem? Well, taking note of when the pain is most acute, or when it first occurs, is a good start. Do you wake up in the night with back pain? Is it there first thing in the morning, or does it develop during the day?
If the pain seems to cluster around your sleeping time, your mattress may not be providing the support or relief that your sleep position craves, For example, if you sleep on your back, and your mattress is soft, you may not be getting the support your lower back needs. Understanding your sleep position and the types of mattress that are well suited to you will help you shop wisely. And remember, if you have chronic or severe pain, seek medical advice before shopping for a new mattress.
There are some great mattress toppers on the market right now that can adjust firmness with remarkable effectiveness. And a well-chosen pillow can improve your sleep quality dramatically, especially if neck pain is your chief problem. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different duvets. Comfort is a subjective matter, and there are several low-cost ways to enjoy your bed more. Maybe all you need is a pair of ear plugs if the ambient noise in your neighborhood is particularly bothersome. Struggling to fall asleep or struggling to stay asleep is not always indicative of a hopeless mattress. Knowing when not to replace a mattress is part of knowing when to replace a mattress. Try thinking outside the box first. It could save you thousands!
If you have decided to replace your mattress, it’s important to ensure the new model doesn’t inadvertently share the fault of your old one. That’s why you should avoid companies with unfair returns policies. Instead, only consider brands that offer full refunds with sleep trials that range from 30 to 180 nights. Long sleep trials give you time to break a mattress in and have it adjust to the unique shape of your body. A couple of months is the perfect amount of time to feel a difference in any sleep-associated pain. After 90 days, you should be able to discern if you feel more rested than you used to. If a new mattress does not improve your comfort, peace of mind, and quality of sleep, it should be considered a misstep. Take advantage of the return policy and order something that will improve your life. It just makes sense.
You’ll just know when to replace a mattress
A little pain is a good motivator. It may be back pain. Or the pain of embarrassment. It may even be the pain of listening to your partner’s (reasonable) complaints. Whatever pain it is, change is coming. So, choose your new mattress well – because pain shouldn’t be an everyday thing.
- On November 8, 2017