When you woke up this morning, did you feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day? If not, then you may be one of many Americans that sleep on an old, overused mattress. Sleeping on a new mattress can help relieve body aches and pains as well as allergic reactions to dust mites and emotional stress. There are three different types of mattresses to choose from when shopping; an innerspring is the standard and comes in varying levels of softness and firmness. A memory foam mattress is helpful for those looking for a mattress that will contour to their body and the latex mattresses is the firmest choice for someone looking for stability.
On average, a mattress needs to be replaced every eight years, but that can vary depending on how well you’ve cared for yours. After eight years, your mattress almost doubles in weight because of all the dust mites, sweat, and dander that build up over time. (Ew.) The best way to help your mattress last longer is to flip and rotate it every two months as well as putting allergen-proof bed sheets on it. It’s also important to own a bedframe with a center support to prevent future sagging in the middle. Even if you take excellent care of your mattress, it’s inevitable that you will have to replace it.
If you are tossing and turning, experiencing backaches, or feeling tired after a full night’s rest, it’s probably time to invest in a new mattress. It’s also important to check it for signs of lumps, tears, and stains, and if it is sagging in the center.
In addition to all the visible reasons to change your mattress, there are also millions of dust mites that can collect in a mattress that is over eight years old. Approximately 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites, and if you are one of those people, you will probably have clearer sinuses if you slept on a newer, cleaner bed.
As if all of the physical side effects of not getting a good night’s sleep weren’t enough, feeling drowsy during the day can lead to a lot of emotional stress. If you buy a mattress that properly supports your back and body, you may feel more rested, alert, and ready to take on your day.
A mattress may seem like a large purchase, but considering the fact that you sleep for approximately one third of your life, it doesn’t seem like that much of a sacrifice in order to feel comfortable and happy.