It is often hard to tell when you need a new mattress.
While you should replace your mattress about every 10 years, depending on the quality, it's an easy thing to forget.
It's also an easy thing to put off because of the cost of replacing it and try and suffer with your old one for a few more years.
Even if your mattress is not obviously uncomfortable its quality can decline rapidly and it can stop providing adequate support.
There are several tell tale signs that you need a new mattress.
This is obvious when you can feel the springs pushing into your back.
But even if your mattress seems comfortable, if it does not provide adequate support then you will wake up with a sore back.
This is often the case if your mattress is too soft. While it may have felt great when you lay on it instore for ten minutes, it doesn't provide effective support over eight hours of sleep.
A good quality mattress should allow you to fully relax and drift into a restful and rejuvenating slumber.
If your mattress is causing pressure points, is sagging or has weak support then the quality of sleep you get will be poor.
This means you will wake up feeling like you barely got any sleep at all.
Tossing and turning is a result of not being able to find a comfortable sleeping position.
You will naturally move a little bit during the night but it shouldn't cause significant tossing and turning and it shouldn't wake you up as a result.
If your partner is tossing and turning as well then it is unlikely that either of you is going to get a restful sleep.
Sagging happens as a result of uneven wear and tear in the innerspring system.
To prevent this you should regularly flip your mattress to try and get an even wear across the surface of the mattress.
However even so your springs will eventually give out and stop doing there job properly. You will notice this first on the edges but eventually it will spread to the middle.
Once sagging has begun there is no going back. You just have to replace the mattress. Sagging means that the mattress is not going to effectively support your weight, which will cause discomfort and back pain.
Lumps happen when the padding inside the mattress shifts around and results in an unveven density.
This is especially the case in poor quality mattress where the fill is not stiched or tufted very well. However even good quality mattresses may see some lumps as a result of old age.
Lumps on their own are uncomfortable. However they are really a symptom of wear and tear and if you start to get lumps you will also start experiencing some of the other problems.
Roll together happens when there is sagging in the middle of the mattress due to an uneven distribution of weight.
If the mattress cannot provide adequate support it will try and shift your weight by moving you to the middle.
This annoying, uncomfortable and causes you to wake up in the middle of the night.
It is also a key sign that your mattress can't support you and you need a new one.
For the sake of marital harmony this is also a sign that you should get a new mattress.
If you ever get to this point then your mattress is seriously old and urgently needs to go.
When there is so much sagging and a lot of material shifting, it is possible to create a permanent impression in your mattress.
Take this as a sign that you can't wait any longer to get a new one.
A mattress provides support to you and a box spring provides support to the mattress.
If the box spring is sagging or creaking then it means your mattress isn't getting the support it needs.
Chances are if this occurs then your mattress has already suffered and has significant problems of its own.
When you get a new mattress, make sure you get a new box spring as well.
A definitive sign that you need a new mattress is when you sleep better on a bed that is not your own.
This may be at a friends place, at a hotel or even on the couch.
When you wake up feeling properly rested on another mattress, it is a sure sign that your mattress at home is no longer up to scratch.
Over time mattress can build up with mold, mildew and dust mites.
Much of the moisture that you sweat at night is absorbed by your mattress. If it is not adequately aired and cleaned this can become quite unhealthy.
If you have asthma or allergies then your regular mattress could be exacerbating the problem.
Once you start seeing several of these signs then you can be sure that it's time to get a new mattress.
While you may be tempted to make your current mattress last a little bit longer, you have to really ask yourself whether it is worth sacrificing good quality sleep for.
Don't put up with sagging, lumps or tossing and turning.
A good bed will provide a rejuvenating rest with excellent comfort and support.
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