With most household items, it’s fairly obvious when you need to replace them. When your toaster doesn’t toast, your blender doesn’t blend, and your light bulb doesn’t light, common says it’s time for a replacement.
But some things you own wear out gradually, like a pair of sneakers, or your car. There’s not a clearly defined time for replacing these types of items. You can put new insoles in your favorite running shoes to make them last a little longer. If you are thrifty, you can drive your car until the wheels fall off. Likewise with your mattress, there is no one day before which it was optimally usable, and after which it just was no good.
Mattresses lose comfort and support gradually over time, and they can offer a familiar comfort long after they have stopped providing the best nights rest. Because good sleep is so critical to our health and mental well being, it’s important to evaluate your sleep set on a regular basis.
4 Signs That You May Need a New Mattress
- Your mattress is between 5 and 10 years old.
- Your mattress shows signs of overuse including sagging, lumps, or worn fabric.
- You got a better nights sleep somewhere else, at a hotel or friend’s house.
- You wake up stiff and sore.
Studies show that over 50% of people will use a mattress too long. This happens mostly because beds lose comfort and support slowly over time. People forget how good it feels to sleep on a new bed.
How long a bed lasts depends on several factors including quality, body weight, and amount of use. But usually age offers a good rule of thumb for knowing when to replace your mattress. Different types of mattresses have different usable lives, ranging from 5 years for lower quality beds to 10 years for higher quality beds. New latex and memory foam mattresses can last even longer.
So if you are not sleeping as well as you used to, or you are waking up sore, then remember to think about the quality of your current mattress. Replacing a worn out mattress can make quick improvements to the quality of your sleep and long term improvements to your health.