Not sleeping well can have profound negative effects on your health and well-being, including your day-to-day alertness, energy, and mood. Don’t underestimate the importance of sleeping on a good mattress that’s fewer than seven years old and built with quality materials.
You spend about one-third of your life sleeping on your mattress, so it needs to do the best possible job of making sure you begin every day after a good night’s sleep. TenderMattress.com offers this checklist to help you assess if your current mattress might be in need of replacement.
1. If it’s more than seven years old. The mattress industry recommends that you replace an old mattress and its matching foundation every seven years or so, because after that much time they’ve probably lost much of their original comfort and support. You should start examining your mattress for replacement annually once you’ve had it for five years.
2. If you wake up stiff or in pain. Your mattress wears out gradually and your body adapts to the changes, sometimes in unhealthy ways. If you wake up in the morning or in the middle of the night with sore muscles, an aching back, overall stiffness, or tingling in the arms or legs, it could be caused by sleeping on a mattress that has lost much of its comfort.
3. If you’re tossing and turning. If you’re shifting positions enough to wake up you or your partner, it’s probably because your body isn’t comfortable. If you don’t have any heath issues to explain this restlessness, your aging mattress may be the culprit. Ask yourself if you slept really soundly somewhere else recently – maybe a hotel or a friend’s guest room. That’s a good indication that your own mattress might need replacing.
4. If allergies are a problem. Old mattresses become repositories for allergens, dead skin cells, body fluids, dust mites, germs and even bedbugs. This happens even if you wash your blankets, sheets and mattress pads regularly. And since there isn’t an effective way to clean a mattress, you may consider replacing your sleep set with a new one that doesn’t contain a plethora of unwanted guests.
5. If it was your partner’s mattress. Whose bed did you keep once you moved in together? Do you know when it was bought, or who all has slept on it over the years? It’s time for a fresh mattress and foundation.
6. If your body has changed. Your old mattress felt terrific when you first tested it out in the store years ago. But your body has probably changed since then. If you shopped for a mattress today, you’d probably make a different choice.
7. There are more choices now. If you haven’t been mattress shopping recently you’ll find many options to meet your personal comfort needs. There are exciting new technologies as well as innovative enhancements to the tried-and-true ways of building a great mattress.