Toss. Turn. Repeat.
Your daily quality of sleep is no longer seen as just a “piece” of health, but the whole honcho. It determines your eating habits, overall mood, fitness, and other choices you make throughout your day. Waking up feeling refreshed and rested leads to better decisions that make up who you are.
Buying a new mattress seems to be about as fun as getting a cavity filled. It’s a big, expensive decision that could affect your sleep for the next ten years. Only 21% of Americans get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night, so most likely you’re hearing co-workers and friends complain about how little sleep they get regularly.
Here are seven signs it may be time to take that next step to take your sleep to the next level.
- Your partner or close friends say you often mention getting poor sleep. Ask the people in your life if you’re talking about not getting much sleep. In our busy day to day, we don’t always notice how often we’re getting less-than-great sleep at night. Chances are the coworker who sits next to you will have the best insight.
- Your mattress is sagging in the middle. When you start rolling toward the center of your mattress in the middle of the night, it’s time to reevaluate your sleeping vessel. Look under the bed to see if there’s a divet drooping closer to the ground. When you toss and turn throughout the night, your body is searching for an impossible position to get a good night’s sleep.
- You can’t remember how old your mattress is. Maybe it was a hand-me-down from your sibling or maybe you bought it sometime in the early 2000s. If you can’t put a date on the year when you bought your mattress, it’s time for something new.
- Pain in your back, neck, or shoulders is incessant. One-half of all Americans reported to regularly experience back pain, and it’s predicted to get worse as more jobs are sedentary. No amount of yoga or Advil can get you out of a painful night’s sleep every night.
- Your allergies are flaring up. Disgusting but true: dust mites could be living in your mattress. If you do have allergies, memory foam and natural latex mattresses without coils are a good choice. If you’re sneezing, itching, or wheezing, there’s an easy solution available for you.
- You get the “best sleep of your life” somewhere else. When you go on vacation or stay at a friend’s hope, oftentimes we don’t get as great of sleep because we’re in an unfamiliar place. If you’re getting amazing sleep in a new place, chances are your current mattress is keeping your life from its spa-like potential. Get the best sleep in your own home!
- Your mattress is over 8 years old. Don’t forget that warranties are for issues with springs, not whether your mattress is comfortable or not. Maybe it’s sagging or maybe there are lumps or maybe there’s discoloring. If your mattress doesn’t look right to you, trust your instincts.