- Health and Body
Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner in North America, which means the bulk of us are about to get an extra hour of sleep, and if you’re anything like us you’re going to cherish that extra hour like it was the Holy Grail.
Unfortunately, not everyone is going to get to enjoy their hour like they should, and that’s due to one little problem: their mattress.
The length of a mattresses life depends on many factors, such as how often it’s used, to the quality of its craftsmanship. Usually it’s somewhere between 6 and 10 years, but how are you really to know if it’s time to replace your mattress?
Well, luckily we’re here with some things to look out for that will let you know if the reason you’re not getting a good night’s sleep is your bed. If any of these apply to you, it might be time for a new mattress.
1. ACHES AND PAINS
You know that pesky back pain you wake up with every morning that disappears once your day gets going? Yeah, chances are that’s because of your mattress.
According to The Sleep Council, “If you wake up with aches and pains which disappear over the course of the day, it is probably time to change your bed.”
Over time, your mattress loses its luster, and no longer provides your body with the support it needs. So if you’re waking up every morning feeling sore, you might want to think about getting a new mattress.
Bonus Tip: Don’t go for something too soft. A mattress that might feel good in the store for a few minutes doesn’t necessarily translate well over the course of an 8-hour rest period. Try to get something a little firmer than you’re used to so your body can get a good night’s rest.
2. WAKING UP TIRED
You know the feeling, right? Even though you just slept for a full 8-hours, you still wake up dragging your feet and feeling lethargic. Newsflash: this isn’t normal. The purpose of a good quality mattress is to allow you to drift off into a restful, and rejuvenating slumber. Sure, you might be getting lots of sleep, but if you’re still tired in the morning, it could be because your mattress is sagging, or hitting pressure points on your body that prevents it from getting the rest it needs. If this is you, hit the store STAT and find a new bed.
3. TOSSING AND TURNING
We don’t think about this one too much because let’s face it, everyone tosses and turns in their sleep sometimes. However, if it’s something that prevents you from falling asleep right away, that means your body isn’t finding the position it needs to calm your mind and relax your muscles enough to make you sleepy. This is either because your mattress is sagging, hitting pressure points, or is either too soft or too firm. Regardless, to solve this issue you’re probably going to need a new mattress.
4. LUMPY BED
Lumps in your bed happen when the padding inside your mattress shifts around, thus causing an uneven density that makes it feel like you’ve got a big rock stuck in the wrong place. These are especially common in poor quality mattresses, but they do happen to everyone as the years go on. Once they’ve appeared, there’s no going back, and it’s time to switch up for a new on that is lump free.
5. BAD IMPRESSION
If you ever wake up to find a big impression in your mattress where your body was, it’s definitely time for a new one. It means the padding inside has completely deteriorated and shifted so much that your bed is proving your body with virtually no support. No support means aches and pains, feeling tired all the time, and any number of health problems that can arise from lack of sleep. If that’s you, get a new mattress ASAP, because no one needs that kind of negativity in their life.
6. THE ROLL UP
If you share your bed with someone and the two of you constantly find yourselves rolling toward one another every single night, it’s because your mattress is sagging, and the support it’s supposed to provide is zilch thanks to an uneven distribution of weight. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s also annoying because hello? Personal space, anyone?
7. BEST SLEEP EVER
If the best sleep you’ve had in a long time is the result of a bed that isn’t your own, it’s definitely time for a new mattress. Whether it’s in a hotel room, or staying overnight at a friend’s house, if someone else’s bed is giving your body the support your own doesn’t provide, then there’s no doubt that your own needs to be replaced.
There’s no need for a nights rest that leaves you feeling tired, sore, or cranky. Everyone deserves R&R in a comfortable bed that will leave you feeling completely satisfied the next morning, so if any of the signs above point to you, then we recommend looking into getting a new mattress. It can be a costly endeavor, for sure, but the cost is nothing compared to the benefits it will have on your body, and mind.