When to Replace Your Mattress
Have you ever wondered if that mattress you bought back in 1999 is still good? Does foam have an expiration date? Is it even hygienic to keep a mattress for that long? Well, you are not the only one to have old mattress musings. Let’s go through some telltale signs of when it might be a good idea to shop for a new quality mattress.
Your Mattress Feels Too Hard or Too Soft
One major issue with all-foam mattresses is that while being cost effective, it can also break down over time. This usually leads to the mattress becoming too soft or caving in around sections where most of the body’s weight is allocated. You might even see a visible indention in the middle of the bed, which is a clear sign that your mattress needs to be updated. Memory foam typically lasts much longer than regular foam since the materials are of higher quality, and mattresses such as the Emma Mattress are made up of several layers of foam, making it even more durable.
Mattresses can also start to feel too hard after many years since our bodies grow and change over time. You might recall how you felt when you first purchased your mattress and how the new bed gave you a wonderful, pleasant night’s sleep for many years. The experience might be quite a bit different now and maybe you’ve even noticed that you sleep better on softer surfaces when you are on vacation or visiting family. This is perfectly natural; our tastes change over time. No reason to keep dealing with a hard mattress just because it’s there.
You Are Having Aches and Pains
You may have realized that every morning you wake up with a stiff neck or pain in your lower back or shoulders. This could be a sign that your mattress needs to be replaced since spinal alignment is a crucial factor for a great night’s rest. Pay attention and see if your pain subsides by mid-afternoon or earlier. If it does, this is a pretty clear indication that the mattress is probably the culprit. Besides the materials breaking down over time and causing sagging issues, mattress springs can also move out of place causing discomfort and keeping the spine from aligning properly. Be especially cautious if you have an old spring mattress for this reason.
Another reason people experience aches and pains apart from having an old mattress is using an old or the wrong type of pillow. It is easy to select a pillow that is too soft or too hard since trying one out at a store is usually not permitted. Then you also have to factor in the height of the pillow because having one that is too thick or too thin can also move your neck out of alignment. For these reasons it’s a no-brainer to recommend a pillow like the Emma Pillow which can be customized for each individual type of sleeper with its three different layers of foam. You can easily remove layers to make the pillow thinner or add more for a thicker pillow, if that’s your preference.
You’re Having an Allergy Attack
Allergies are common for a lot of people, and we can be guilty of accepting them as just part of everyday life when in fact there may be ways to reduce the number of flare-ups. One way to alleviate this is to replace an old mattress. This will be especially true if you are constantly waking up with watery eyes or feeling congested in the morning. Dust mites as well as other allergens can easily build up over time in an old mattress if you do not have some kind of mattress protector. The Emma Mattress Protector is one such product that guards against dust mites and the like in order to keep your mattress allergy-free. It is very important that you keep your old mattress from becoming a health hazard, so this might be one of the most important reasons for updating when you realize that this is an issue for you.
As a general rule of thumb, you will probably want to update your mattress every 6 to 10 years. Mattresses are unfortunately not meant to last forever and neglecting an update could impact your sleep and even your health. Take note of how your sleep pattern has changed recently and try to pinpoint the cause if it has been negatively impacted. If you can’t decisively identify the problem as stress, anxiety, or a health issue, then it very well could be your mattress. Examine to see if there are any lumps, sagging areas, or other physical defects that you may have not yet noticed. Something as simple as a mattress being too noisy could also be a justifiable reason to replace your mattress. We all deserve a satisfying night’s sleep; it’s important not only for our physical health but to also make sure we are able to give our best in both our professional and personal lives. A mattress should be benefit and not a hindrance, so do yourself a favor and upgrade when the time is right. You won’t regret it!