How to Know if You Need a New Mattress
September 11, 2018
Longevity of a mattress, whether a coil spring mattress or a memory foam mattress, is often given in numbers of years. But there are more variables when it comes to mattress longevity than mere age. In many cases, it has more to do with the quality of materials, the care it receives and the weight of the sleeper. Your mattress supports your body about a third of each day so you want to make sure you are measuring your mattress’ longevity by the right thing: your comfort. How do you do this?
The chronological age is a good starting point. If your current mattress is between 7 and 10 years old, you should be prepared to replace it in the near future. Although the age is just one way to measure its functional longevity, it’s a good way to prepare for the inevitable.
If you are witnessing noticeable sagging, particularly in the spot where people sleep, it’s a sign that the mattress is not able to support you like it used to. If you own a spring mattress, those springs are prone to break down over time. This sagging is often referred to as a “hammock effect” when it comes to memory foam mattresses. Again, it indicates that your body is no longer being supported correctly.
Regardless of the type of mattress you own, depending on your sleep style, your spine should be properly aligned. If you sleep on your back or stomach, your spine will have a natural S curve to it. If you are sleeping flat or the S is highly exaggerated, your mattress isn’t properly supporting your spine. For side sleepers, your back should be straight from your neck to the bottom of the spine. A good rule of thumb is that you should not be able to slide your hand in any gaps between your body and mattress.
Do you sleep better in a hotel than you do at home? This may indicate a lack of comfort that you may simply have gotten used to. If your mattress isn’t comfortable, it can lead to poor sleeping habits and even chronic back pain. If you wake up to back pain that subsides during the course of the day, your mattress may be the culprit.
If you find that you are suffering from allergic symptoms that you can’t explain, it could be your mattress. Dust mites that dwell in the cavities of coil mattresses are a common cause of allergies. Dust mites, dead skin cells, mold, and mildew can accumulate in the soft fibrous outer layers of a mattress and cause worsening allergies over time.
Heavier bodies will cause more wear on components of a mattress whether that is the coils, cushioning material, or even memory foam. This may cause your mattress to wear out sooner.