Let’s face it, sometimes it can be tough letting things go. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve held on way too long to your comfiest old t-shirt that is full of holes and stains or that coffee mug that is full of cracks and chips, but we all have things that we cling to for one reason or another. Many people have that same kind of relationship with their mattress.
But let’s face facts. Sometimes your old, lumpy, worn down mattress is doing you more harm than good, and it’s time to let it go. In order to get there, maybe you need a nudge in the right direction.
If you are wondering if it’s time to replace your mattress but aren’t quite sure if you’re ready to make the leap, we thought we’d come up with a list of questions you can ask yourself to help decide if it’s time to replace your mattress.
How are you waking up?
This is a simple enough question with a very telling answer. If you are waking up every morning with pains in your back and the rest of your body, or if you haven’t been able to sink into a deep sleep because you can’t get comfortable, it might be time to replace your mattress.
Another telltale sign based on your restfulness is whether or not you are experiencing allergy symptoms after lying in bed. Mattresses can be a catch-all for dust, mould and allergens so if you wake up every morning with itchy eyes and start your day with a few sneezes, or if your mattress is beginning to smell musty, if might be time for a mattress replacement.
Have you done mattress maintenance?
There’s no way to say exactly how long a mattress should last, it’s different for every mattress, but you can extend the life of your mattress with regular maintenance like rotating it and flipping it. While some mattresses are of the “no flip” variety, all mattresses should be rotated 180 degrees at least twice a year (or more, depending on your height and weight). If you have stuck to a regular rotation schedule, then your mattress should be lasting longer than if you haven’t. If you’ve never done any mattress maintenance and you’ve had it for seven years or more, it might be time for a mattress replacement.
How old are you?
Age can be a sensitive issue but let’s face it, we’re all getting a little older every day. The truth is, the older you get, the more you should be paying attention to your mattress. Your body is a precious thing and if it’s not being cared for during the eight hours a day that you sleep, you’re not doing anyone any favours. The older you get, the firmer your mattress should be in order to give your bones the support they need. If you can see that your mattress is sagging and beginning to break down, it would be a good idea to consider replacing your mattress. Your body will thank you for it.
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What kind of use does it get?
Of course beds are made for sleeping, but some get used in other ways. Perhaps you have young children who love to jump on your bed, or perhaps the mattress sees a little more action in other ways (wink, wink) — all of that can shorten your mattress’ life span. The signs that your mattress is getting worn out include broken springs and sagging sections, and if you see these signs, it might be time to replace your mattress.
At the end of the day, your mattress is a very important investment and arguably one of the most important pieces of furniture you have in your home. It should be regularly maintained and given attention. A good sleep goes a long way in your quality of life while you’re awake, so if it’s time to let your mattress go, be courageous and know that you’re doing the right thing.
To make it easier, come and visit our showrooms in Parksville and Nanaimo to see what kind of exciting new mattresses are on the market. We can assure you, a new mattress can be the beginning of a beautiful new relationship.