Sleeping takes up a lot of our time, so we know that finding the perfect bedding — from high-count sheets to pillows tailored to our sleeping position — shouldn’t be taken lightly.
In general, guidelines recommend replacing mattresses every five to 10 years depending on your age, but often it’s easy to forget when that big-ticket item needs to be replaced. Our bodies, however, aren’t shy about reminding us; if you start paying attention, you may start noticing that your quality of sleep has declined — meaning it may be time to start testing out a new place to lay your head. Here some ways that your body may be telling you that you need a new mattress.
- You wake up with aches. Does your body feel unrested and achy when you get out of bed? An uneven mattress may be to blame if you constantly wake up with aches and pains. As your mattress ages, normal depressions your body makes in the mattress can lead to sagging areas, which can lead to uneven support and pains throughout the body.
- You have morning allergies. You've heard the stories that a mattress will double its weight in years because of the amount of dust mites lurking inside, and whether or not that’s true, the fact is that bedding and mattresses are full of the little critters, which can lead to allergies. If the sounds of your morning alarm are accompanied by your own sniffling and sneezing, those microscopic bedfellows may be at fault.
Check out more ways to know if you need a new mattress after the break.
- You keep waking up at night. If you aren't comfortable in your bed, you'll have a hard time being able to stay asleep, and that can mean you find yourself waking up several times at night. While waking up at night because of other reasons, like the amount of noise and light around or if you are a light sleeper, there’s also a chance that you can’t sleep right because your mattress has seen better days.
- You are always tired. Of course, if you aren’t sleeping through the night, it stands that you’ll find yourself just as tired in the morning as you were when you turned off the lights the night before. Your mattress may be keeping you from getting the restful sleep you need by not only keeping you up but having you tossing and turning in your sleep, which prevents you from achieving the deep sleep that is important in keeping you alert the next day.
- You sleep better everywhere else. If your hotel bed on your last business trip had you feeling better than ever, you may want to take a second look at what you've got at home. Try to keep track about what you like about your bed away from home for when it’s time to start mattress shopping, so you’ll know if it turns out you’ve always thought you liked a firm bed when in fact you sleep better on a softer one.