The mattress is the central part of the bedroom as most of the time you’re in there you’re either lying on top of it or sitting on it. Regardless of the activity type, this surface takes a lot from you in its lifetime, which is OK since this is why it exists – to accommodate your needs.
But, as the time goes by, even the most durable of mattresses will start to give in. The process happens gradually but it happens, and there are signs to warn you before the mattress becomes unusable. My recommendation is to pay attention to these signs and start saving early as a new mattress is a pretty serious commitment, both financially and personally.
From a financial point of view, a new mattress may get you to dig deep in the savings pocket. However, from a personal point of view, you may consider a new approach to get the best product that fits your comfort needs and sleeping position (for more on this topic, click here).
Still, I’m not here to talk about a new product, but the old one. Below I listed some of the most common signs that tell you the old mattress has to go.
The Surface Starts to Sag
Every mattress will start to sag after a long time of constant using, but each material behaves differently. For instance, if you own an innerspring, you’ll notice a depression in the center of the mattress that gets deeper with time. With a memory foam mattress on the other hand, there is no visual clue. Still, if you start feeling like you are in a hammock every time you lie down, this is a very clear sign of sagginess.
There are Lumps
Sadly, this symptom can’t be ignored for too long because lumps will interfere with your sleep more than anything else. Usually, lumps start small and you don’t get to feel them very soon, but when they get big enough, you won’t be able to stop thinking about them.
You are Tired all the Time
Well this is absolutely normal when you have small children, but the little sleep you do get should be comfy and restful. So, if you tend to wake up more tired than when you went to bed, take a closer look at your mattress. If the back support is no longer effective the tension that gathers in your shoulders and spine during the day won’t be properly relieved during the night. This means back and neck pain that will keep you awake during the night.
Not all mattresses make sounds, but if yours is nosier than usual, consider a replacement in the nearest future. The ones that get louder with time are the products that feature a spring or coil structure, but these are not the only ones (some latex mattresses get noisy with time as well).
Overall, if a mattress is older than eight years old, it has run its course and must be replaced with a fresh, modern product. Many mattresses today are very well-equipped and come with amazing features that work wonders for your comfort and back support.