When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, the mattress you sleep on plays a crucial role. However, mattresses don’t last forever. In fact, most people cling to their mattresses for nearly a decade — well past the average ‘life expectancy’ for most mattresses. Not sure when you got your mattress? Here are several signs that it may be time for you to get a new one.
You’re adding to your household
Sometimes, you simply need more mattresses! Guest rooms can be especially tricky to find a right mattress for. Kids’ bedrooms go through mattresses left and right. Sometimes, mattresses can add comfort to a daybed. These mattresses are easy to find and often relatively inexpensive.
You’ve had your mattress for more than 7-10 years
Mattresses are designed to last for a certain number of years, and the average lifespan of a mattress is 7-10 years. (Think of it like a runner retiring a pair of shoes once they’re worn out.) If your mattress is older than this, it may no longer be providing the support and comfort that you need.
You’ve noticed visible signs of wear and tear
If you notice visible signs of wear and tear on your mattress, such as sagging or lumpiness, it could be a sign that it is no longer providing the support that you need. These issues can be caused by a variety of factors, including age, weight, and even the type of bedding you use.
You’re constantly tossing and turning
If you find yourself constantly tossing and turning throughout the night, it could be a sign that your mattress is no longer comfortable. Old mattresses can also lead to what’s called “sleep debt,” or compounding sleep issues that can compromise other areas of your health. A comfortable mattress should provide the right amount of support and pressure relief to help you sleep soundly through the night.
You sleep better elsewhere
Do you get better sleep anywhere but your own home? It could be a sign that it’s time to get a new mattress. Whether you’re sleeping in a hotel or at a friend’s house, if you find that you sleep better elsewhere, your mattress is no longer providing the comfort and support that you need.
Any of these signs can be a red flag that it’s time for a new mattress. Along with that new mattress, consider upgrading your bed frame! Those purchases often go hand-in-hand, and when you buy furniture secondhand, you can likely get both a new mattress and a new-to-you bedframe for a reasonable price!