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How Mattresses Age

People ask us all the time how to tell when a mattress needs to be replaced. The easy answer is when it’s not working for you anymore. If your bed is preventing you from getting healthy, restful, pain-and allergy-free sleep, it’s time to move on. There are, however, some telltale signs that a mattress is past its prime. Here are some of the outward manifestations of old age and what they mean.

Taking on Stains

A stain or two on the surface of a mattress is usually no big deal, so long as the offending substance has been removed. Once a bed has begun to collect layers of stains, however, things are likely pretty dire. Repeated staining indicates that the fabric hasn’t been adequately protected over a significant amount of time. If possible, it’s best to move on from such a bed and vow to use a high-quality mattress pad, protector, or encasement in the future.

Changing Colors

Not every colored spot on a mattress is caused by a spill. You know that yellowish hue you so often see on curbed beds? It’s caused by a chemical process called oxidation. It’s harmless, so if you can live with the color, you’ll get more life out of your mattress. Other causes of mattress discoloration include exposure to sunlight and water stains. None of these result in structural damage to the mattress.

Allergen Accumulation

You might not see them, but unexplained sniffling or sneezing at bedtime is a sure sign that allergens have been collecting on your sleep surface. Dust, dander, pollen, and all nature of microscopic molecules can settle into the material of your mattress over time. A hypoallergenic encasement can help you avoid allergy attacks while you search for a new mattress. Consider memory foam or latex to minimize allergy risks with your next model. And before you kick that big investment to the curb, start with a set of new hypoallergenic pillows.

Insufficient Support

When a bed starts letting you down where it should be holding you up, it’s definitely on its way out. Over the course of years, springs lose their resilience, and other materials give up their ability to bounce back. You can experiment with toppers, bases, and reinforcements to get a little more life out of a bed, but once those sags start causing you pain, time’s up.

Sagging Sides

Sagging throughout most of the structure of your mattress is a no-go. The sides, however, are a bit of a different story. Years of sitting on the side of your mattress, usually in the middle, will wear down support on the edge. Aesthetically, this can make your bed look pretty bad. As long as it doesn’t interfere with the healthy support of your spine, hips, and shoulders, however, it’s an aspect of aging you can live with.

It’s not inevitable!

At least where your mattress is concerned, you can fight the signs of aging. Here are six ways to extend the life of your mattress. One critical step is to regularly deep clean your bed. Doing so just twice a year will keep your mattress looking and feeling like new for as long as possible. When the time comes to admit your old sleep spot has kicked the can, be sure to connect with the sleep experts at A Goodnight Sleepstore. We're here when you need us with all the latest models from America's most trusted brand, along with a 100-night risk-free Sleep Guarantee and the lowest prices anywhere - also guaranteed!

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