People spend a huge chunk of their time lounging on their precious bed to de-stress. Sleeping is as crucial as breathing (okay, almost) so you should take the time to regularly inspect your mattress. In general, most manufacturers recommend buying a new mattress every 5 to 10 years. But, since your mattress is hidden under layers of blankets and sheets, it’s fairly difficult to determine its general condition. You can follow the tips below to check if it’s time to retire your old mattress:
Thoroughly inspect your mattress
When changing your bedding, take the time to inspect your mattress and look for indications of significant wear and tear. If it looks tired, well-worn, lumpy, sagging, or has an unpleasant smell that you can’t get rid of, it’s time to purchase a new one.
Check your sleep
Do you feel any aches, numbness, or pain before you even open your eyes in the morning? Do you feel more rested and comfortable in other beds? If yes, these could indicate that you’re not getting the proper comfort and support your mattress should provide when sleeping.
Check with the person you’re sharing your bed with
Does your partner toss and turn while sleeping? Chances are, both of you are not getting sufficient sleep. This could indicate that your mattress is no longer effective at distributing weight and motion.
How long have you had your mattress?
Have you had the same mattress for more than 5 or 7 years now? A new mattress may be in order. Also, have you had significant body or lifestyle changes since you first bought your mattress? In the event that you’re now sharing your bed with another person, lost or gained considerable weight, or had back problems along the way, among others, maybe your mattress isn’t the best fit for your current self.
Once you’ve decided to reward yourself with a brand new mattress, keep in mind that the warranty is not a determinant of how long you should use the mattress before replacing it. Its use is merely to protect you against any defects that the product may have. In this light, make sure to inspect your mattress every two years or so.