Is it time for a new mattress?
A quality mattress should be able to provide thousands of hours of restorative, rejuvenating sleep. But like all products you use on a regular basis, eventually you’re going to have to replace your mattress. So, how do you know when your mattress has reached the end of its lifecycle? Here are some signs to look for that may indicate it’s time to buy a new mattress.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, most mattresses have an expected lifespan of about eight years. This can change based on the brand of mattress you buy and how well you’ve maintained it over the years. But as a general rule, if your mattress is between seven and 10 years old, it may be time to start thinking about buying a new mattress.
In addition to the age of your mattress, you also need to consider your own age as well. Experts say our bodies handle pressure differently as we age. So, if you’re over 40, you may need to replace your mattress more often to stay as comfortable as possible.
A sagging mattress is one of the surest signs that it’s time for a new sleep set. The springs in innerspring mattresses can break, and the foam and other materials used in the core of other mattress types can break down or compress over time. This can make the mattress feel softer and sag, meaning you won’t be getting the support you need for great sleep. If your mattress is sagging due to damaged or aging materials, it’s time to replace your mattress.
Aches and pains
If you consistently wake up with sore muscles or stiff joints, that may be your body’s way of telling you it’s time to buy a new mattress. A mattress that’s past its prime won’t provide the support needed to get comfortable at night and awake pain free in the morning. If the aches and pains go away after you’ve been up and moving around for a while, it may be further proof that your mattress is to blame and it should be replaced.
If you’re thinking about breaking up with your old mattress, sometimes you just have to say, “It’s not you, it’s me.” That’s because sometimes it’s not the mattress that’s changed to become less comfortable, it’s you. If you recently experienced a significant weight loss or gain, your body’s pressure points may have changed, and your old mattress may simply be ill-suited to meet your needs.
Also, if you previously slept alone but have now added another person to your bed, it may change how you sleep or where on the bed you apply pressure, and a new mattress may be necessary. In short, sometimes a change in your lifestyle means it’s also time for a change in your mattress.
Allergies getting worse
Over time, dust and other allergens can get trapped in the fibers of your mattress. Although practicing proper mattress care(vacuuming your mattress, using a mattress protector, buying a mattress with antimicrobial materials, etc.) can help mitigate allergy problems, sometimes the mattress just reaches its limit. So, if your allergies are getting worse and you know the seasons and other common factors aren’t to blame, it may be time to replace your mattress.
The simple truth is that mattresses don’t last forever. But one built by experienced craftspeople using top-quality materials will always give you the best value for your money. At Jonathan Stevens Mattress, we are the manufacturer, so you can be sure that every mattress we sell meets the highest possible standards of quality and excellence. Whether it’s been two years or 20 since your last mattress purchase, our experts can help you find the perfect new mattress for your needs.