Signs it’s time to replace your mattress
Mattresses are often taken for granted considering how much they contribute to our overall wellbeing. We all know how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep, but the benefits to our wellness go beyond increased energy throughout the day.
Your body copes better with both physical and mental stresses when you’re getting restful sleep. Likewise, pre-existing issues such as neck pain or asthma are less likely to be aggravated if you’re bed is providing the support you need.
As we use our beds every day, it can be difficult to detect the steady decline in the sleep quality you’re recieving from an older mattress. In some cases, vulnerable elders can spend months, or even years, in discomfort if the mattress strength is not being regularly assessed.
How often should you change your mattress?
As so much of our time is spent in bed, it’s easy to see why mattresses are so important. On average, individuals who are over 65 years old spend around 7 to 8 hours in bed. Although mattresses are hard wearing by design, frequent use will eventually cause the mattress to break down.
Quick tip: This is why mattresses are designed to be double sided! Regularly flipping your mattress can extend its life significantly.
Is there a certain amount of time a mattress lasts for?
It’s myth that any specific period of time is an indicator of when you should change your mattress. Whether its every 5 years or 10, what’s not accounted for is your individual needs or how your particular bed performs.
Each person and bed is different and they age differently also. A cheaper bed, for example, will often need replacing far sooner than you would like. A high-quality mattress, on the other hand, can outlive its warranty by many years with the proper care.
Most mattresses will last between 7-10 years but your experience may differ from others. A good rule of thumb is to start carrying out checks on your mattress every few months beyond the 6 years of purchase.
What are the signs of poor mattress health?
The issue with poor mattress health is that your body is likely to tell you before your mattress does. By this point, you’ve already suffered some of the ill effects. Whilst it is important to check your mattress regularly to prevent this, if you’re already experiencing issues there are a few things to look out for:
Your overall wellbeing
There are numerous concerns attributed to poor sleep and nothing contributes more than a mattress that isn’t suitable for your needs. Your mood and energy are both linked to your sleep quality. So, pay close attention to how you feel in the morning.
If you wake up in the morning and are experiencing joint pain or feel more tired than you should be, this is a strong indicator that you’re not getting adequate sleep. Likewise, tossing and turning during the night may seem normal, but if its a regular occurrence that is interrupting your sleep, it will be negatively affecting your wellbeing.
Another thing to consider is how your bodies change over time. If you have experienced noticeable weight changes or are suffering from a chronic joint or bone problem, the kind of support you require will have changed. This means that your mattress may no longer be suited to your needs and should be replaced to prevent injury.
Mattresses are fairly easy to assess, but at a quick glance, it may appear that there isn’t anything is wrong with them. Loose or broken springs are often hidden by the mattresses fabric, meaning you won’t notice the issue until you’re in the bed.
Often people will simply think that a sagging mattress is the result of their own body weight. However, mattresses are designed to support our bodies. If you do notice any sagging… it’s time to replace it!
To check for broken or loose springs, simply stand over your bed with your arms extended towards it. Place your hands on the bed and press down and repeat across the entire mattress. If you do notice any area that gives way under the pressure you may have an issue with your mattress springs.
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