For most people, going mattress shopping doesn’t inspire excitement, so much as it creates stress. Let’s face it: a mattress is a big, expensive purchase. It is also a very personal purchase and one that can and will have a measurable impact on your daily quality of life for years to come.
But consider this: if you sleep on it eight hours each night for 365 days, you will have logged 2,920 hours on your mattress each year. If your mattress is five years old, that number grows to 14,600. For a 10-year-old mattress, you have now spent 29,200 hours lying on it—likely in the same spot—night after night, year after year.
So when is it time to break up with your old mattress and move on? Below are some quick tips that will help you decide if it’s time to Love it or Toss it!
- Your mattress is more than seven years old
Industry standards suggest that most mattresses have a useful life of 7 to 10 years. Outside of that there is scientific research that shows sleep quality and mattress age are directly linked. If your mattress is passed the 7-year mark and your sleep quality is going downhill, it’s a sign your mattress is the issue.
- Your Mattress has a Permanent Body Imprint
If you can look at your mattress and see a dip, sag or valley in the middle or on the side where you regularly sleep, or if you can feel the same when you are lying down, this is a sign your mattress material has begun to wear out.
- You Wake Up With Aches and Pains
You toss and turn and can’t get comfortable no matter what position you’re in. A worn-out mattress may not have a deep “hammock” in the middle, but micro-sags can still throw your spine out of alignment. Strategically placed pillows can help somewhat, but regular back, shoulder or hip pain is an indication your mattress may need to be replaced.
- You Experience a Serious Case of Mattress Envy
You’re not alone, mattress envy can be an excellent indicator that your own mattress needs to retire. Sometimes this is just the eye-opener you need—sleeping on a new mattress at a hotel or a friend’s home can help you feel the difference for yourself.
- Killer Allergies in the pm or am
Dust mites feed on dead human skin cells (blech!). So, it just makes sense they love mattresses, pillows and bedding. When you go to bed and experience worsening allergies, or you regularly wake up with congestion your mattress may be the culprit.
At the end of the day you know yourself best and what your own sleep goals are. If you have exhausted all other sleep routines and tricks than it might be time to change your mattress. So, our advice is don’t sleep on it take a look at what mattresses are out there too help you get a better nights rest!