Have you been experiencing restless sleep even though you believe that you had bought a good mattress? If the answer is yes, don’t always go by the manufacturer’s warranty, look for the signs. Take a good look at your mattress, it may be the right time to get 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.
Mattress Cycle Overview
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.
If your mattress is made of foam that is of a low standard, you may start noticing issues within a year, a good memory foam mattress usually lasts for 10 years, a mattress made of finest latex core may go beyond 20 years. Usually, the first layer to fail is the comfort layer that is why most of the mattresses are double-sided. SleepStandards suggests that usually, a good quality mattress has a lifespan of 7-10 years.
The mattress replacement cycle drives profit margins for mattress manufacturers. The shorter the mattress replacement cycle is, the more these manufacturers earn. Better Sleep Council (BSC) was established by the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) aiming to encourage people to replace their current mattress for better sleep if they find an issue with the current mattress. BSC in its magazines suggests that people should replace their mattress every 5-7 years.
5 Signs You May Need a New Mattress
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”.
- Annoying Sound
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.
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.
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.
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.
A simple suggestion, for better sleep, replaces your mattress if you are experiencing any one or more of the issues in your mattress. After all, it is about your comfort and not how it is affecting the income of the mattress manufacturer.