The 6 Telltale Signs That You Need a New Mattress
When it’s said that we can clock up around 227,468 hours of sleep during our lives (roughly one third), it’s no wonder that we can probably all agree that a decent mattress is essential to any bedroom.
Our sleep quality has a huge effect on the rest of our day, leaving those that had a restless night prone to an unproductive day due to a lack of energy and motivation.
Your state of mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety can largely be attributed to your sleeping habits which makes sleep hugely important.
So with your quality of sleep relying a lot on the condition of your mattress, it’s important to get clued up on the signs that your mattress just might be on its last legs.
Having a restless night's sleep can be due to a number of reasons. From being too hot, sleeping in an uncomfortable position or feeling unwell.
But constant restless nights and waking up with aches and pains can certainly be accredited to a poor or old mattress. These restless nights can even alter our genes and have a profound effect on the internal workings of our body.
If you ever experience a much better night’s sleep in your friend’s guest bed or in a hotel you might want to take a closer look at your own mattress.
A Noisy Nuisance
Turning over in the middle of the night and being disturbed by the loud springy noise of your mattress is never a welcome sound.
Even if you’re a not very fidgety, your partner might be and he/she could be keeping you up all night as they move and make the mattress create a pinging sound.
While being in a state of sleep deprivation, you may hastily want to chuck out your mattress and be done with it for good. But you may be able to remedy the situation, as it may not even be your mattress at all.
Diana Rixon over at Style Me Pretty has blogged about the problem before. She offers solutions such as turning over your mattress, checking that it’s not your bed that’s making the noise and also checking that it’s not your bedroom flooring. All her suggested solutions should be tried before taking the decision to ditch your mattress.
Sometimes, it may be the case that you’re sleeping soundly yet your partner is tossing and turning in frustration.
We’ve all had sleepless nights so it shouldn’t be too hard to understand and empathize with their irritation.
The best thing to do is communicate with your significant other and try and get to the bottom of their restless sleeping. It may be the case that the problem boils down to the mattress. What may be good for you, may not always be good for them. Try and find a happy medium.
If you end up finding you cannot find a mattress thickness and cushion that suits you both, it may be high time that you invest in a zip-and-link mattress which will allow you to personalise your side of the mattress.
A sagging mattress is easy to identify, but not always as easy to rectify. A sagging mattress could be down to a couple of reasons.
It could be that your mattresses springs have worn over time and are not supporting you correctly anymore. This is more noticeable when your mattress sits on top of a firm box spring frame. Fixing the mattress dip can be as simple as using spare blankets you have in the house.
If your mattress sits on top of a flexible frame, it could be the frame that needs additional support, not your mattress. It’s always important to double-check this, as you don’t want to be fixing something that isn’t broken.
If all else fails and you still wake up with a stiff back, it’s probably about time to change your mattress for a new one.
The last thing you want in the middle of the night is the feeling of a spring digging into your side as you turn over.
When you’re able to feel the springs in your mattress, it’s a huge telltale sign that your mattress is on it’s way out.
It’s possible to try and alleviate the problem by using a mattress topper, such as a memory foam one, but these will not always 100% fix the problem. You still may feel the springs, and it certainly won’t stop any noises coming from them.
7 Years Old
Within the mattress and bedroom furniture industry, it’s often stated that 7 years is the cut-off point for any bed or mattress.
“A mattress that looks OK, may not actually be OK, that’s the hitch.”
A mattress that’s 7 years old and has been used regularly throughout that time has lost much of its comfort and support. While you may not feel as though it has because you’re used to it, you’ll probably be surprised just how good a new mattress feels.
If you honestly think your mattress is past it, it’s time to cut your ties with it and start shopping for a new one. Your physical and mental state will be happy you did.
If you feel any of these signs relate to you, it’s probably time to start thinking about a new mattress.
Spoilt for choice? Here's a selection of our best selling mattresses.