Your mattress might be one of those big-ticket items that you don’t think about all that often. It’s the same for most of us, which is a shame because we spend about ⅓ of our lives sleeping on them. Your mattress can really make a difference between a great night’s sleep and all of its benefits (like higher productivity and a better mood) and tossing and turning all night (not to mention morning irritability and back pain). Check out these signs that it might be time to give your old one the boot and get yourself a new mattress.
There are Indentations, Flat Spots, or Other Damage
People who don’t rotate their mattresses are especially likely to see this, but it can happen to anyone. After years of sleeping in the same spot, your body eventually creates a permanent indentation in your mattress. This isn’t a good thing, because it means that your mattress is no longer giving you the support you need. If yours is starting to look like a rolling plain rather than a flat surface, do yourself a favor and get a new one.
It’s Been Over 8 Years Since You Bought One
Doctors recommend that you replace your mattress every eight years. That’s because, even with regular maintenance like rotating it, the materials in the mattress will break down over time and not do their job as well as they once did. If you can’t remember when you bought your mattress, that’s a good sign that it’s time you replace it. This is true even if you don’t see any obvious damage like we mentioned above.
You Aren’t Sleeping Well & You Don’t Know Why
Have you been struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Perhaps you’ve been trying to tough it out with over-the-counter sleep aids, or maybe you’ve even visited the doctor to find out if there’s an underlying issue. If you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to be helping, and if your doctor has ruled out a medical condition like insomnia, a new mattress might be the only thing standing between you and your rest. Our bodies can detect subtleties in our environment even if our brains don’t recognize it. An old mattress just isn’t giving you the comfort and support that you need to sleep your best.
Your sleep is important; you’ll spend a good chunk of your life doing it, and it helps you to live the rest of your life to the fullest. Treat yourself to the best and keep your mattress updated regularly.