Do you often wake up from a restless night’s sleep? If so, it’s likely that your mattress is the culprit.
If your mattress isn’t giving you the chance to get that soothing and satisfying sleep experience you deserve every night, then it’s time for a change. To help you know what to look out for, here are 5 signs that your mattress needs replacing.
Waking up to aches and sores
When you frequently wake up to nagging pains in your neck, shoulders, and back; it could indicate that your mattress isn’t giving you the support you need. Overtime, your mattress will eventually lose its ability to support your body’s pressure points, leaving you to be held up by the springs.
Low quality springs, such as those in cage sprung beds, will only exacerbate your aches, pains and sores.
The mattress is 7 years old
Age is important when it comes to your mattress, and unfortunately they can never keep the same level of quality indefinitely. The average lifespan for a mattress is actually around 7 years, after which you’ll need to think about a replacement.
With proper care and consideration, such as turning and rotating, your mattress could last a little longer than this. However, in the majority of cases a mattress that reached this age will start to leave you struggling to sleep well at night.
That sinking sagging feeling
Restless sleep and particularly back pain can be caused by a sagging mattress. This is caused by a number of things, such as when poorly layered or thin comfort layers in the mattress compress. If your mattress contains a cheaply made sprint unit, it too can fail, leading to irreparable sagging that can force you into an uncomfortable sleeping position.
Your mattress can still leave you feeling like you’re being swallowed up even when there’s no noticeable sag. This can again be down to compression or even the breakdown of foam layers. It’s always best to choose a luxury natural fibre mattress designed to give you lasting support, and one that’s protected against sagging thanks to having high GSM upholstery layers.
Dust allergies are acting up
Sneezing, wheezing and coughing constantly at night could be a sign that your aged mattress is suffering from dust mites. Unfortunately, they are one of the most common allergens and will pretty much always have a presence in your home. However, an old mattress that hasn’t been cared for, can cause their numbers to thrive.
Although, frequently washing pillows and bedding and using a dust mite resistant mattress cover can help to mitigate the mites, it may be time to consider getting a completely new mattress to put an end to the problem.
A change in weight
Everyone’s weight can change; either because of a sudden change in lifestyle, your diet, your age, an accident or even after surgery. Even if your mattress is in a good condition, it may no longer offer you the support it once did if your weight has fluctuated significantly.
Getting yourself a suitable mattress topper, to add some firmness to the mattress and support your pressure points, could provide a temporary solution. However, it won’t do much to improve your sleep experience if your mattress is simply to soft, or lacks the support required to cater for your bodyweight.