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When is a Mattress Too Old?

Getting a good night’s sleep is a great way to boost your health. It takes around eight hours of shuteye each night to reinvigorate you, make you feel rested, and get you ready for the new day ahead. So how can you make sure you get a decent night of restorative sleep? A relaxing environment is crucial, as you are more likely to drift off quickly and stay asleep when you’re resting in a tranquil room. Your bed – and your mattress in particular – plays a big part in the quality of sleep you’re able to get each night. When you’re spending that much time on a surface night after night, comfort is certainly high on the priority list. If you’re not sleeping well, it’s time to get real; could your mattress be too old to give you the sleep you need?

How can I tell if my mattress needs replacing?

As a rule of thumb, you should plan to change your mattress approximately every decade. Depending on the material it’s made of, however, your mattress may have a useable lifetime of as few as 5 to 7, or as many as 12, years. When evaluating whether your bed requires an immediate upgrade, age is an important consideration, but the look and feel can also provide some tell-tale clues.

How does it look?

Are there any grubby stains on your mattress? Sheets do a great job covering things up, but if you feel a little put-off by the look of what’s underneath, it could be time for a change. If your bed has gone a long time without the protection of a mattress cover, dirt, dust, and allergens have likely been building up. It’s important to keep things fresh, especially if you or your spouse suffers from allergies, so a lack of regular cleaning can hasten the end for your aging sleep surface.

How does your mattress feel?

Is your bed sagging where it used to provide support? Can you feel the springs starting to push their way through? Neither of these sensations is conducive to a good night’s sleep. A mattress that’s no longer comfortable can leave you tossing, turning, and feeling like the morning has arrived too soon. The job of your mattress is to support you, not leave you struggling to find a comfy position. Back pain during the day could indicate a mattress that’s past its prime, so if you are experiencing an aching back, it won’t pay to go on denying the poor condition of your mattress.

How does it sound?

A healthy mattress should be seen and not heard. As you decide whether it’s time to kick your bed to the curb, give it a listen. It’s not going to read you a bedtime story to help you drift off, and it shouldn’t make any other sounds, either. A noisy mattress that is creaking or squeaking can be an indicator of damage -- a clear sign that it’s time to go shopping for an upgrade.

Turn to the Experts

If you suspect it’s time to put your mattress out to pasture, it can’t hurt to get a professional opinion. In the Carolinas, you can visit A Goodnight Sleepstore in person to get a clear perspective on how much time your bed has left. If not, just start a chat on our website. Our sleep experts will help you find the right mattress to solve your sleep problems -- and hook you up with the resources to extend the life of your new bed for as long as possible. If your bed is in fact too old, it’s time to treat yourself to something that is supportive and allows you to get a comfortable night’s sleep. Happy snoozing!


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