New Year, New Mattress: It’s Time to Replace Your Bedding
A good night’s rest is key to a productive day, yet so many suffer from a lack of quality sleep. From tossing and turning to sore muscles and body aches, if you can’t seem to shake the sleepless nights, odds are it’s time for a new mattress.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a mattress has a lifespan of approximately eight years. Depending on the quality of the mattress, some will last longer, and others will start to show earlier signs of wear and tear. It’s important to be aware of the signs that show it’s time to replace your bedding.
Your Mattress is Saggy
If you’re noticing large dents in your mattress that perfectly outline your body you can hear springs squeaking in the middle of the night, or the edges of the mattress are drooping lower than the rest of the bed, it may be time to replace it. If you have a foam mattress and you’re starting to see the “hammock effect,” where the core has softened and the corners begin to rise, this is also a sign that you may want to replace it.
A saggy mattress can disrupt your sleep throughout the night and cause high levels of discomfort.
Spine Alignment is Off
Your mattress should provide you with alignment and support throughout the night. If you sleep on your back or stomach, your spines natural S curve should be evident when you’re lying down. If you sleep on your side, your spine should be a straight line from your neck down to your lower back.
If there’s no explanation for your heightened allergies, it could be your mattress that’s causing the problem. Dust mites, bed bugs, body oils, dirt, and other allergens all absorb and live in your mattress over time.
Vacuuming, steaming, and flipping your mattress a few times a year might help to reduce dust mites and relieve your symptoms. If that doesn’t help, then it may be time to consider a new one.
Your Mattress is Uncomfortable
This may sound like common sense, but it’s easy to adjust to an uncomfortable mattress over time. Pay attention to how well you’re sleeping. If you’re constantly counting sheep to fall asleep, or you feel more rested after sleeping on a hotel bed, then your mattress is more worn down than you think.
Your bed should be a place where you’re always comfortable and at ease.
You Wake Up Stiff and Sore
Poor sleep can contribute to chronic back and neck pain. If your pain is worse when you wake up than it is after a long day at work and moving around, then there’s a good chance you need to replace your mattress.
It’s always a good idea to sleep test different mattresses to see the firmness that works best for you.
Pillowcases and Bed Sheets
Along with replacing your mattress, it’s important to replace your pillows and bedding at least once a year. Hair grease, dead skin cells, and body oils soak into the fabric of your pillows over time, making it the perfect place for bacteria and dust mites to breed.
It’s important to replace sheets with new ones every year or two as well. The fibers of your bed linens will begin to break down over time which can make your sheets stiff and worn out. Make sure to wash your bedding and pillows at least two times a month with warm to hot water to ensure that all bacteria is killed.
If you begin to notice some of these telltale signs then it’s time to start looking for a mattress and bedding that’s best suited for you and your sleeping needs. Mattress selection is highly personal, so make sure to test them out at the store. Make sure proper alignment, comfort, and adequate support are key factors in your decision.