5 Signs You Need a New Mattress
Author: Jonathan Warren
When it comes to bedrooms, we often focus on plush bed frames, decorative throw pillows and other cosy yet materialistic aesthetics. And while that is by no means a bad thing, the star of the show when it comes to sleep quality is undoubtedly the mattress. So if you are looking around your bedroom, thinking about how you can get better sleep, the first port of call is to focus on your mattress and if it’s serving you correctly.
If your mattress is supportive and working for you, the chances are your body, mind and spirit will be revelling in your restorative nights’ slumber night after night. But what happens when your mattress is no longer performing at its best? Here, we take a look at why you should replace your mattress and some key signs telling you that it's time for a fresh start.
Why should you replace your mattress?
There's plenty of reasons why you should replace your mattress but they all lead to the same result – bad sleep! If you've not been waking up feeling refreshed, replenished and ready for the day ahead, then something is wrong and it could well be that your mattress is no longer up to scratch.
Aside from wear and tear, outgrowing the size of your mattress is always a good reason for a replacement. Perhaps your child has outgrown their bunk bed and is in need of a stylish new double bed to cater for their latest growth spurt? Or perhaps a new relationship has become a mainstay and some extra space is needed in the bedroom? Whatever your changing needs, get out that tape measure, check out our blog on What Size Mattress you’ll need and hop to it!
The quality of mattresses will naturally decrease over time and replacing your mattress when it is no longer healthy and fighting fit is essential. You might also find that new technology enhances the quality of newer mattresses and upgrading on quality is always a worthwhile investment.
Comfort is king when it comes to sleep. You might have changed your go to sleeping pose which means the style of mattress you have isn't quite on the money any longer. So, if you swapped snoring on your back for snoozing on your side, a change in mattress firmness could be on the cards.
5 signs you should replace your mattress
Aside from upgrading your mattress, there’s also plenty of reasons to call in a replacement when your mattress is showing signs of deterioration. A mattress should be lasting in excess of about 6 years, but if you start to notice anything that we discuss in this blog before your mattress’ expiry date is up, it could well be time for a change.
Your mattress should be standing firmly to attention whenever it’s time to lay your weary head to rest. But once you crawl under the covers, if you notice a dip in your mattress then there is likely to be unwanted pressure on your spine which is going to impact your sleep quality. If it sags, it’s got to go!
Poor Sleep Quality
There’s plenty of causes for poor sleep quality but if you have ruled out the most obvious reasons, then your mattress could be to blame. If other potential causes, such as work related stress, alcohol consumption or sports injuries aren’t to blame, then it’s time to test out a new mattress. Starting your sleep ritual afresh with a whole new mattress could have a huge positive impact on the quality of your sleep.
Aches and Pains
Your mattress should be supportive for your body. If you’re groaning trying to get out of bed, experiencing back pain or struggling with joint issues, then your mattress could be to blame. Remember, your mattress is meant to be supportive and waking up feeling sore could be an indication that your mattress is softening or dipping and needs to be replaced.
A mattress making noise is a mattress crying out for help. If you notice noises when you’re in bed, or perhaps more prominently when you get in and out, check your bedroom for any other potential sources of noise. If you’re sure there isn’t a mouse creeping underneath your bed and your bed frame is shipshape, then the noise could be a sign that the springs in your mattress are wearing down and deteriorating.
Increase in Allergies
Waking up sneezing is never pleasant but an increase in symptoms for allergy sufferers may, at times, be a red flag that you’re in need of a new mattress. Plenty of dust can accumulate in your mattress over time and indicate sufficient damage to warrant a new one. Of course, you might not need a new mattress, it could just do with a good old clean. If the latter is true, then why not check out our blog on How to Clean your Mattress?
Benefits of getting a new mattress
A new mattress could give you that boost in sleep quality that you have been looking for. It is no secret that better quality sleep can be a real mood booster making our bodies feel fresher and our minds sharper.
Searching for more ways to boost your sleep quality?
If you’ve recently upgraded and your old mattress is gathering dust in the corner of a room, take a look at our blog on What I Should Do With My Old Bed and Mattress. And whilst you’re there, why not explore some of our other hints and tips on whether to sleep with a pillow between your legs, plants for the bedroom to improve your sleep, and what does it mean to have vivid dreams.