3 Signs That It’s Time for a New Mattress

May 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

When it comes to comfort and health, your mattress is easily the most important piece of furniture in your home.

If you sleep at least the recommended eight hours a night, you’re spending a third of your life in bed—and that doesn’t count the time spent there while reading, watching TV or otherwise relaxing. When it comes to comfort and health, your mattress is easily the most important piece of furniture in your home.

Unfortunately, not even the best mattresses can last forever. They all need to be replaced around every 10 years or major health problems can ensue. Are you starting to suspect that it’s time for a new mattress? Here are some signs that your old mattress is at the end of its life:

1. You wake up with aches and pains: Waking up with a sore back, a stiff neck or numb and tingling extremities is a sure sign of problems with your sleeping surface. If you’ve recently begun to feel more tired than usual when you wake up in the morning, your mattress might be to blame. Similarly, if you start raving about the mattress in your uncle’s RV or a cheap roadside motel, your own bed might be lacking.

2. Your allergies worsen overnight: Like all soft home furnishings, mattresses are a safe harbor for dust mites, pollen and other allergens that can lead to or exacerbate asthma, congestion, coughing, skin rashes and a host of other unpleasant conditions. And this is no minor problem. According to WebMD, over the course of 10 years, your mattress may double in weight as it fills up with dead dust mites and their droppings.

You can protect yourself from allergens by washing your bedding frequently, cleaning your mattress twice a year and using a hypoallergenic, easy-to-clean mattress cover made of plastic or vinyl. But eventually, all mattresses need to be replaced—your health is at stake!

3. Your mattress is visibly damaged: A mattress stops providing optimal support long before it looks worn out. So if your mattress is saggy, lumpy or misshapen, it’s a safe bet that it is overdue for replacement. The edges are usually the first part of a mattress to break down, so check those out to test your mattress’s health. And if your mattress has started creaking, sighing or otherwise trying to join in your bedroom conversations, you know what that means: it’s got to go!

If any of the conditions above apply, it’s probably time to invest in a new mattress. No matter how well you care for them, mattresses don’t stay in good condition for more than 10 years. So, don’t delay! Head down to Cardi’s furniture and mattress stores in MA and RI for a mattress that will leave you feeling well rested and ready to start the next day.

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