Your mattress is an incredibly important piece of bedroom furniture and part of your life. After all, it’s where you’ll spend close to a third of your life, or more if it’s your go-to for your Netflix binge sessions.
No matter how much you may love your mattress, though, at some point in time you will have to replace it. It can be very easy to think that you and your mattress will be together forever, but this is a relationship that you must part ways with at some point in time — usually after 7-10 years. This is how long a premium mattress will normally last before it begins succumbing to wear and tear from supporting your body night after night.
While this may be a sad realization, it can be an exciting one too as there are certainly plenty of other fish in the sea when it comes to mattresses, and the odds are they’ve improved immensely in comfort and quality since your last mattress purchase.
But how exactly do you know when the time has come to move on from your old mattress to something new and improved? Here at NashCo Furniture — your go-to for affordable bedroom furniture in Nashville of all sorts, including mattresses — we have outlined ten of the telltale signs that it’s time to kick your old mattress to the curb:
Mattresses, much like humans, will show their age over time, and sagging is the most visible indication that it’s time for one to be replaced. This is a symptom that every mattress will experience over time, no matter the quality or type of mattress. Springs will break down, memory foam will soften up, and fibers will compress — all which lead to your mattress sagging. So don’t wait until your bed turns into a fully formed crater to decide to get a new mattress, as this can potentially lead to back issues over time if simply ignored. Even sagging of one or two inches is enough to impact you, as you are losing support for some of the most vulnerable areas of your body while you sleep.
Leaves An Impression
This sign that a mattress replacement is in order applies specifically to those with memory foam mattresses. Overall, your memory foam mattress is supposed to “remember” and form to your body shape as your body presses upon it, but it is only supposed to do this to a certain degree. Once you get out of bed, your memory foam mattress should return to its original (flat) shape. Over time, though, the cellular structure of the memory foam will begin to break down, making it softer and less able to “bounce back” to its original form. So if your memory foam mattress still leaves the impression of your body long after you get out of bed — especially if it’s still there when you go to bed the next night — it’s time to replace your mattress. Another telltale sign is if the impression of your body sinks the mattress two inches or even deeper, because at this point it is no longer fully supporting your body as you sleep.
Another factor that many memory foam mattress owners will experience over time is their mattress becoming too hard or too soft. This is caused by the temperature of your room and the overall climate of where you live. In Nashville, for example, we can have some surprisingly hot summers, which can lead to mattresses becoming too soft over time. This also can lead to poor quality nights of sleep from “sleeping hot.” On the other side of the spectrum is when a mattress hardens over time due to being in a consistently colder climate, which also can wreak havoc on your comfort and quality of sleep.
If you find that you succumb to allergies more often than you may have used to, this could be due to the condition of your mattress. Over time, many types of mattresses can accumulate a variety of allergens like mold, mildew, and dust mites. So if you find yourself feeling stuffy or sneezing when going to bed or waking up in the morning, especially during times of the year where this is uncommon for you, then this could be a sign of an old mattress that needs to be replaced. When you go about choosing a new mattress, you should consider one that’s made from hypoallergenic materials like wool or latex to avoid this in the future.
Lumps And Bumps
After years of sleeping on your mattress, tossing and turning and rolling around, you may notice lumps begin to appear. This is a sign of uneven density occurring in your mattress which can mean you’re not getting support in areas that you used to be. Lumps can also lead to uncomfortable pressure points, similar to sleeping on the sand dunes at the beach. While these lumps and bumps are more common with lower-quality mattresses, they can also occur with high-end mattresses if they are kept for a long enough time. So inspect your mattress to see if lumps are occurring and how frequent and extreme they are, as this can be an easy sign that it’s time to look for a new replacement mattress.
This should be a more apparent sign, but it is worth noting nonetheless. If you are waking up in the mornings and experiencing more pain than when you went to bed, this is not okay — and your mattress is more than likely to blame! Sleep is meant to be a time for your body to recover, meaning you should wake up with your body feeling more refreshed than it did the night before.
When a mattress begins to age, it begins to degrade and lose its ability to provide crucial support for vulnerable areas of your body, such as your neck, lower back, and hips. On top of this, it can also create some painful pressure points when your back begins sagging and springs begin jabbing into your hips and shoulders. So stop putting up with painful mornings, and find your new mattress as soon as possible!
Most of us have long, busy days in today’s day and age. So if you’re laying down at night and it’s taking you more than a matter of minutes to be fast asleep, your mattress could be the culprit. There are certainly other factors that can play a role in this, such as stress or poor sleeping patterns. But if you’re tossing and turning into the morning hours or waking up constantly throughout the night, the chances are good that your mattress is playing a role. If you are sleeping through the night yet waking up still feeling groggy and tired throughout the day, this can also be a sign of a mattress that needs to be replaced.
Sleeping For Two
One of the more exciting reasons to opt for a new mattress is when you’re either becoming pregnant or going to begin sharing a bed with your significant other!
In terms of pregnancy, your body is undergoing a multitude of changes throughout these nine months and long after. This means that custom support may be needed for each stage of the journey. Having a mattress with custom support for side sleeping will help support your belly and prevent back pain during pregnancy, and it can be easily modified back to your usual sleeping preferences afterward. Overall, it just makes life easier when pregnant to have a new, customizable mattress.
In terms of adding a new partner to your bed, since your bed has already become accustomed to your body and normal sleeping position, it can become incredibly uncomfortable once another person is added into the mix. This is especially true if your mattress features sagging, lumps, or any other aforementioned problems that come with an aging mattress. Starting off your new chapter with a new bed partner can be the perfect time for a new mattress so that you both can get a more comfortable night’s sleep.
It’s Not You, It’s Me
Sometimes replacing a mattress doesn’t mean that the mattress needs to be the one to blame. Sleeping preferences tend to change over time, so perhaps you’ve just grown tired of how your old mattress feels as you’ve grown older. Maybe you’re a back sleeper now instead of a side sleeper, or perhaps you’ve gained or lost a considerable amount of weight since you first purchased your mattress. Whatever the case may be, there’s no harm in wanting to upgrade to a new mattress! Don’t feel guilty about letting it go, as there are plenty of places where you can sell or donate your mattress to someone else who will appreciate it more!
Whether or not your mattress is showing any of the above signs, if it is more than seven years old, you should begin to consider looking for your next option. As we mentioned in the beginning of this blog, most mattresses are meant to be replaced after roughly 7-10 years. Even if you feel that you get “good enough” sleep, you could be getting accustomed to a sub-par sleeping experience. So don’t hesitate to stop in your local furniture warehouse to test out some new mattresses and see what you might be missing out on!
Is your mattress showing some (or all) of these signs? We hope that if you find this to be true that you won’t hesitate to start looking for your next new mattress! If you’re in the Nashville area, be sure to stop by our furniture warehouse at NashCo to see the incredible selection of Cal King, King, Queen, Full, and Twin mattresses we have to offer you.