If you suffer from back problems and sleepless nights, there is one possibility to consider before making an appointment to see your doctor – you may just need a new mattress. As your mattress ages, it starts to sag and no longer provides proper support for your back. Your muscles then begin to overcompensate for this lack of support – leaving you tired and sore in the morning. However, it takes the average person 2-5 years to decide to buy a new mattress, even if they are experiencing difficulty sleeping. That’s a pretty staggering statistic, and definitely explains why so many people complain of back pain.
In addition to causing sleep and back problems, older mattresses can also provoke an allergy attack. Over time mattresses begin to accumulate oil, moisture and dead skin cells – and the colonies of dust mites that feed on them. Dust mite droppings are a major source of discomfort for allergy sufferers, which might explain why someone might begin to experience more frequent allergy attacks at home without any obvious cause. Mattress covers can help, but the best solution is replacing your mattress once it has reached the end of its functional life span.
If you are questioning whether now is the time to replace your mattress, here are five things you should consider:
- You aren’t sleeping well, and wake up feeling stiff and sore.
- You sleep better when you are away from home, or on the couch.
- You are experiencing allergic reactions.
- The mattress just looks worn out and lumpy.
- You can’t remember how long you’ve owned your mattress.
If you aren’t currently experiencing any health issues, but still aren’t sure how frequently to replace your mattress, a good rule of thumb is that premium mattress should be replaced every 8-11 years, and cheaper mattresses should be replaced every 5 years, and sometimes as quickly as 2 years, depending on the quality of the mattress. This is a great example of why it actually costs less in the long run to purchase the best quality mattress you can. It will cost you more upfront, but will pay off as the mattress will last longer.
A new mattress will help you sleep easier, breathe easier and wake up feeling more refreshed. At the Furniture Superstore, our sales team can explain the many mattress options available, including adjustable, memory foam, hybrid and more.