It is common for people to use the same mattress for 8 to 20 years. People naturally want their mattress to last as long as possible so they will get the best return from their original investment. There are times when it is actually better to upgrade mattresses so that people will have more comfort when they sleep. Mattress experts OZ Mattress recommend looking out for the following signs to identify whether it is time for you to upgrade your mattress.
You are waking up tired.
If you slept more than 7 hours and woke up feeling tired, there is a strong chance that you had a restless night’s sleep. While factors such as noises and disturbances can affect your slumber, it is more than likely that your mattress is the source of the problem. Uncomfortable mattresses will cause you to roll and move frequently throughout the night. It might even cause you to snore or suffer from sleep apnoea. You can find out if your mattress is the source of the problem by sleeping on another mattress (such as a comfortable memory foam mattress at a hotel). If you find that you are tired when you wake up, then it is a strong sign that you should upgrade the mattress in your home.
You are waking up with pains and soreness across your body.
Your mattress should be supporting your back and your body while you are sleeping. If you wake up to soreness every morning, there is a chance that your mattress is exerting too much pressure to certain areas of your body. Another thing due to the inconsistency in the mattress, muscles within your body may be forced to contract while you sleep. If you are experiencing this with your mattress, you should replace your mattress as quickly as possible.
Your feet are hanging over the edge of the bed.
Doctors recommend that the length of your mattress is at least 6 inches longer than your feet. This will give you enough comfort and space when lying on your mattress. For young children who are growing quickly, you might need to change their mattress size and bed more frequently. Adults should invest in a large mattress such as a Queen or King size for maximum comfort.
You notice that you react to allergens around your bed.
Your mattress will collect microscopic organisms such as dust mites over time. Even though you won’t be able to see these organisms, they can affect your sinuses and your health. If you notice that you are sneezing or feel more itchy than usual, it is a sign that you will need to invest in a fresh mattress. Mattresses that made from hypoallergenic materials like latex or memory foam are less likely to expose people to allergens.
Your bed-sharing situation has changed.
If you have changed from having your own space in your own bed to sharing the bed with a partner, this may be affecting the quality of your sleep. Adjusting to the new space and sleeping arrangements could hamper the quality of your rest if your mattress doesn’t give both you and your partner the adequate space that you need. You might find it necessary to upgrade to a Queen or King sized bed so both you and your partner will have enough room to move in your sleep, without disturbing the other person’s slumber.
The mattress starts to have an odd smell.
The human body naturally secretes oils, fluids and sheds skin during while we sleep. If you have had your mattress for a long period of time, then these secretions may be causing unsavory smells in your mattress.
These are a few of the major signs that you should look out for with your mattress. Remember that a good mattress is the key to a good night’s sleep, health and productivity. Check your mattress for any of these unwanted signs and see whether or not you need to upgrade your mattress in the near future.