When a mattress is worn out, it can prevent people from getting quality sleep. In general, mattresses have a useful lifespan of eight to ten years. These are six telltale signs that it’s time for a replacement.
Sagging, Uneven Areas
When changing the sheets, a visual inspection of the mattress should reveal a smooth, even surface. Lumps and bumps or sagging and sloping usually mean that a mattress is no longer providing the support needed for a good night’s sleep.
Research from a study published in the journal Sleep Science in 2015 found that participants who replaced their mattresses were able to fall asleep much more quickly than those with older ones. When it takes a long time to feel comfortable each night, the mattress could be to blame. Worn out mattresses are also a common cause of waking up in the middle of the night or tossing and turning. Sleeping better in a hotel, at a friend’s house, and on the sofa are clear signs that it’s time for a new mattress.
Hearing or Feeling Springs
A bed that creaks and squeaks an abnormal amount probably has weakened springs that no longer provide adequate support. Worn out springs can also protrude through the mattress and poke people.
A Strange Smell
Bacterial and microbial growth can cause a mattress to smell moldy or musty. If an odor is present even when the bed sheets have been freshly washed, it’s time for a replacement.
Aches and Pains
When sleepers wake up sore without a known cause, the mattress could be the culprit. A lack of support can be tough on the muscles, joints, and ligaments, leading to discomfort in the morning.
Allergy or Asthma Symptoms
Waking up with a cough, sneezing, or a stuffy nose could signify the presence of dust mites. Older mattresses can develop a buildup of these creatures and lead to respiratory issues, especially for those who have allergies or asthma.
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