You don't hesitate to buy new pillows when they lose their soft, fluffy feeling, nor do you think twice about switching out your duvets as the seasons change. Despite that, we seem to neglect our mattress, forgetting about it as if it's a permanent fixture in our home. You may flip it occasionally (as you're supposed to), but unfortunately, mattresses don't last forever. It might be something you've not even considered, so here are the signs that it's time to replace your mattress.
1. It's 7-10 years old
If your mattress is 7-10 years old (or worse, you actually can't remember when you bought it), it's definitely time to start browsing. This is the average life span of a mattress, so it's one of the first tell-tale signs that it's on its way out. If your mattresses aren't lasting this length of time, it may be that you need something a little more heavy-duty to help keep you supported as you sleep.
2. You wake up with aches and pains
If waking up with back pain or muscle aches is becoming the norm, don't feel as though you have to put up with it. Many of us put these pains down to age, but it could actually be a poor mattress that's to blame. A good night's sleep should always leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day, so if you're not feeling like that after a solid eight hours, it could be because your body is struggling to find a comfortable position throughout the night.
3. There's a noticeable sag
If you're getting these pains, remove your sheets and mattress toppers to give your mattress a close inspection. If there are signs of indentations or sagging, your mattress is past its best. Over time, springs break down and foams and fibres lose resilience, causing impressions to be left on the mattress. Sagging as minimal as 1.5 inches can cause back problems, so don't leave it too late.
4. You're struggling with dust allergies
Do you find that your allergies are worse first thing in the morning and when you go to bed at night, no matter how much you dust, hoover and clean your bedroom? Dust mites are a major allergen and thrive on mattresses, especially the cotton layer of spring mattresses. If you're allergy-prone, opt for a memory foam mattress, as these are more resistant to dust mites.
5. You've experienced a change in weight
It's completely normal for our weight to fluctuate, especially over the life span of a mattress. Even a mattress in amazing condition may not be as supportive as it once felt if your weight has changed. Weight shouldn't determine whether you get a good night's sleep, so if you've gained weight, make sure you opt for a mattress that offers the support you deserve. Heavy-duty mattresses are perfect for offering unparalleled support with ultra-high quality.
If any of these sound familiar, it's probably time you started researching new mattress options. On average, we spend a whopping 26 years of our life sleeping, so it's important that you invest in the right mattress for you. Here at Reinforced Beds, we have a wide selection of mattresses and beds to suit your needs.