New research conducted by the Better Sleep Council indicates that people are slowly but surely coming around to the idea that mattresses need to be replaced more frequently. The latest survey indicates that the number of years people expect to keep their mattresses are inching down when compared to survey results from four years prior.
Unfortunately, according to Bed Times Magazine, those expectations are still met with the same resistance and problems associated with buying new mattresses – particularly a shopping process consumers agree leaves much to be desired.
With this news in mind, though, perhaps it’s a good opportunity to discuss indicators that now is a good time to purchase a new mattress. Not everyone knows the signs, and some people can barely remember where they parked their cars at the shopping mall. The exact date or year when you purchased a mattress, unless it happened to coincide with other major life events (marriage, birth of a child, move, graduation, start of a new job, etc.), can be equally (if not more) difficult to pinpoint.
Signs it’s Time for a New Mattress
Before you commit a laundry list of items indicating your mattress is past its prime, the Better Sleep Foundation warns that some people find old mattresses comfortable long after they stop providing the support they need – kind of like the threadbare but comfortable old pair of jeans or a recliner that has conformed to the form of the person who spends the most time in it.
However, the false sense of comfort aside, these are a few signs that it’s time to replace your old mattress.
- You sleep better in someone else’s bed. If you get a better night’s sleep in hotels, guest rooms, etc., then it’s time to carefully examine your mattress.
- Your mattress is lumpy, bumpy, and sagging in all the wrong places. Make a habit of checking your mattress for signs of wear and tear each year when you adjust your clocks to see if visible signs are beginning to creep in.
- You feel sore and achy upon waking in the morning. Sleep should leave you feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready to face the day; not like you’ve just been tackled by a sumo wrestler.
- You’ve had your mattress for seven years or longer. The average American keeps a car for just under six years, and they spend far less time in their cars than in their beds. Your mattress is critical to the amount of sleep you get at night, which is critical to your overall health and well-being.
Before you make the rounds on foot of all the local mattress shops, consider the benefits of a natural latex mattress for comfort, durability, longevity, unparalleled support, and a simply amazing online mattress shopping experience.
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