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5 Signs You Need A  New Mattress

Have you been suffering from poor sleep? Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night or waking up still feeling tired? Take a good look at your mattress. it might be time for a new one. 

If sleeping comfortably or waking up with pain in your body becomes a growing concern, it is time to replace your mattress. There could be various issues with the mattress that you can find below and should help you to think whether you need to replace your mattress or not.

The Life of a Mattress

The lifespan of a mattress is the duration your mattress can retain its original support and comfort. Mattress tends to lose its original support and comfort over time. Some of the factors that may be the reason are, the material it is made from, quality of the material, quality of making, how it has been used, and for how long it has been used. Most mattresses have a lifespan of between 7- 8 years.

So if you've owned your mattress for a few years here are 5 signs to look out for!

1: Sagging

If you wake up with pain in your joints, muscles, or your back, check your mattress for areas in it that are sagging or have developed impressions of your body. Sagging usually happens if the innerspring coil breaks or loses its resilience. Sagging also happens when the memory foam or fiber in it gets compressed by your body weight. Ideally, your mattress should stay flat and not lose its firmness as long as possible. Sagging is the first noticeable issue that may appear in your mattress. The sag in your mattress may result in you in experiencing a “Hammock effect”.


2: Annoying Sounds

When it comes to squeaking sound or screeching metal sound, you realize this is a major sign for mattress replacement. The squeaking and screeching sound coming from your mattress maybe because of normal wear and tear of the coils. That might also result from one or more broken and loose springs. If your mattress is having issues with coils or springs, it won’t be able to support your body. After all, your mattress should provide good support to your body while you are asleep so as to give you good quality sleep.


3: Smell

Nothing tells “it’s time to replace your mattress” as a smell does. Various reasons can cause unpleasant smell in mattress, it may be because you are sharing your bed with a small child who has not been potty trained yet, or you are sharing it with a pet animal, or from spillage from your late-night snacks that you have been having in your bed. These could also result in leaving stains in your mattress. 

Sometimes, in a humid climate, the mattress may start developing fungi, or mold. Washing, scrubbing, or having a mattress protector may be able to minimize these to some extent but if you are still feeling uncomfortable with the stench, you should replace your mattress.


4: Pain

If you are facing a serious problem of restless sleep, it easily results in chronic pain in your joints, muscles, and spine. If you are waking up with a stiff body on a regular basis, then you may have to replace your mattress. As mattresses start aging, they lost their ability to be comfortable by not being able to provide proper support to your body. Due to mattress developing sagged areas, or mattress losing its firmness, or issue with innerspring you may be experiencing discomfort as these result in creating pressure points for your body.

You should replace your current mattress with the new one as a good mattress should not only help you in alleviating the pain but also get rid of the pain caused by pressure points.


5: Allergies

If you are experiencing allergies in your bed, and it doesn’t come from seasonal changes in weather, it may be because of your mattress. The allergens develop in mattress due to the presence of dust mites. Mattresses that are made of cotton tend to develop dust mites easily. The mattresses made from memory foam, latex, and waterbeds are better off when it comes to having to dust mites. On average, a mattress can develop dust mites in the range of 100,000 to 10,000,000. You should be able to reduce dust mites by adding a dust-resistant mattress cover, by washing pillow covers and bed sheets more often. These steps can only alleviate dust mites but not get rid of them, you should go for a new mattress if you want to get rid of dust mites. It is advisable to change your pillows once every six months if you are facing severe allergic problems during the night and wake up with severe allergic symptoms.

By David O shea


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