Sleep is an important part of your physical and emotional health and wellness, but most people do not focus enough on their mattress. Considering it acts as your body's main foundation while sleeping, making sure your mattress is clean, supportive, and sized correctly is imperative. With this guide, you will know if and when it is time to upgrade your mattress.
If it seems you are sleeping comfortably at night, you may not realize your mattress is worn and old. Even if it looks and feels supportive, an older mattress may be causing discomfort that will affect you later on.
A good quality mattress will last 9 or 10 years on average. If you are struggling to get a good night's sleep, consider replacing the mattress around the 5 to 7 year mark, which is recommended by experts.
Pain, Allergy Symptoms
Sleeping on an older mattress that is lumpy, uneven, or lacking support can wreak havoc on your physical health.
If you are struggling to fall and stay asleep or you are waking up with stiff joints, muscle tension, or back pain, it is time to invest in a new mattress and foundation.
If your back is hurting after waking in the morning, purchase a new mattress that is firm enough to support your back while being soft enough to contour your body.
If you sleep on your side, your mattress should be soft enough to cushion your shoulders and hips. This will reduce the risk of discomfort.
If you are a stomach-sleeper, firm support is needed to reduce pressure on your lower back.
Your older mattress will also contain numerous allergens that can increase nasal and skin allergies. Constant sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy and water eyes, or rashes on the skin may stem from the presence of dirt, dust, dead skin cells, and dander in your mattress.
The age and type of support are essential factors when choosing a mattress, but sleeping well will also require the right size mattress.
You may save money by buying a full size, but this is not usually enough space if you sleep with another person each night.
Queen is a good starting point when determining a size for you and your partner. However, if you or your partner tend to move around a lot, tossing and turning through the night, upgrading to a king mattress is smart. Having enough space will reduce cramps and stiffness that can occur when squeezing into onto a smaller bed size.
A new mattress and foundation may be an expense, but it is a smart investment for your sleep and overall health.