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You might end up having the urge to replace the appliances in your kitchen, your washer and dryer, the furniture set in your living room, but when is it time to replace your bed? A mattress, and a new bed frame set, is a big investment we often avoid until our sleep becomes nonexistent.
Maybe you’ve moved to the guest room or the couch to get some sleep because your bed is causing more harm than good. Although it may feel like it, a mattress is not meant to last you a lifetime. Especially when you can shop online and find the perfect match within minutes. Below are several indicators that it is seriously time to consider replacing your mattress!
It’s Going on a Decade Since You Had a New Bed
If your previous mattress came with a 10, 15 or 20-year warranty, this is the last thing you want to follow in terms of your mattress lifespan. Under ideal circumstances, your mattress should be replaced within 6 to 10 years. However, there are exceptions to this rule such as latex mattresses. For most mattress brands, they will begin to lose their shape, effectiveness and they’ll actually start to cause problems within 7 years.
Your Body Isn’t Happy When You Wake Up
Do you wake up more tired or achy than when you went to bed? The ideal sleep situation where you can get enough sleep on the right mattress, you should wake up well-rested and refreshed. However, bad mattresses often keep us up during the night, and make our bodies work harder to find the most comfortable spot to fall and stay asleep.
Your Mattress Appears Lumpy or Feels Uncomfortable
If your mattress looks like it’s falling apart, subjected to the wear and tear of a long life, then it’s high time you consider a new mattress. Have you seen springs popping out of your mattress? Compressed fibers? Is your mattress slumping to one side or caving in the middle? Sleeping on a mishappen mattress can often cause back, or neck pain along with spine misalignment. This is the opposite of support – instead your weight is unevenly distributed across your entire back.
Indentations in Your Memory Foam
While memory foam is supposed to mold to your body, it isn’t a good sign if your mattress starts to keep your shape. Memory foam will naturally soften over time. If you find yourself sinking too much into your memory foam mattress, where it’s difficult to lift yourself up, then it could be time to move on from your mattress. A good rule of thumb is to take notice of how deeply you’re sinking into the memory foam – more than 2 inches isn’t good – and whether there’s a lasting indentation long after you’ve gotten out of bed.
Your Frame is Falling Apart
The problem with your bed troubles might not even be your mattress – it could be your bed frame. If your mattress is in good condition, or if it’s a young mattress, check your box spring. The box spring could be misshapen, tilted, or broken, which could lead to sleeping troubles. A weathered frame could lead to lopsidedness or sagging, leading to terrible sleep.