A mattress is one of those things you just may not think about very often until it develops an obvious problem. A spring sticking out. A dip that rolls you into the center. A giant lump that you have to sleep around.
But there can be many less noticeable signs that your mattress has seen better days. These questions can help you recognize those signs.
- Are you waking up with pain, discomfort or stiffness in your neck, shoulders, back, hips or other parts of your body? Does it go away within 15 to 30 minutes of waking up?
- Is your mattress older than seven or 10 years? Did you inherit your mattress from someone else and you’ve had it for several years too?
- Do you have a hard time getting comfortable enough to fall asleep? Do you wake up uncomfortable during the night and have to change your sleeping position?
- Is your mattress showing more subtle signs of wear? Are the edges fraying? Are stitches breaking? Are layers of cushion shifting?
- Are you finding other mattresses at hotels or a friend’s house to be much more comfortable than your own bed?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, it’s probably past time for a new mattress. A new high quality mattress can avoid putting pressure on your shoulders and hips, offer superior support for your joints and back and help you sleep comfortable through the night.
A new mattress can be even more beneficial to your health. Some newer mattresses are non-toxic, sustainably-sourced and eco-friendly. Latex and memory foam mattresses are denser than other mattresses and ward off dust mites and other allergens.
To get the most for your money, look for a mattress online and check out mattress reviews from different sources, such as magazines and customers.