It is easy to forget about how long you have had your bed or your mattress. After a while, we stop paying attention to it because we see them every day and sleep on them every night. However, did you know that your bed and your mattress have a shelf life? If you are noticing that your sleep quality or the amount of time you spend asleep is diminishing, then it may be time to consider an update. Whether it’s because of spring cleaning, necessity, or a desire to give your space a “facelift”, here is everything you need to know about replacing your bed and mattress.
When to let go of your mattress…
As a rule of thumb, mattresses usually last for about ten years. After this, their quality can start to deteriorate, and the quality of your sleep becomes compromised. If you are unsure whether your aging mattress is showing any signs of aging, there are a few different things that you can to determine if it’s time to get rid of old faithful and upgrade to a newer model.
You are waking up in pain
Sleep is a time for your body to rest and recover from the mental and physical stress it undergoes throughout the day. If you are waking up in the morning with aches and pains, especially in more vulnerable areas such as the neck, hips, shoulders, and back, then your old mattress might be the culprit. Cushions and foam don’t last forever, and when they begin to decrease in quality your body suffers.
You are tossing and turning
Now, we all have those nights when we just can’t seem to fall asleep. However, if this is a regular occurrence for you, it may be time to start thinking about when you purchased your mattress. Waking up frequently during the night, or not being able to fall asleep at all is a good indication that your mattress is no longer comfortable or supportive.
It is starting to look worn down
Sagging, lumps, and lasting impressions are all tell-tale signs of a mattress that is on its last leg. If you are guilty of not rotating your mattress yearly, then it is likely that you will see this before the ten-year-mark. You sleep on your mattress almost every night, and some of us share a bed with our partner, so you can imagine the constant stress that is put on a mattress. If yours is starting to lose shape or support, then it is time for a new one!
Replacing beds is much different…
There is no set expiration date for a bed frame, their lifespan varies greatly. However, there are usually a few unmistakable signs of a bed that is ready to retire. If your bed is displaying any of these signs, then it is time to start shopping!
Does your bed creak every time you change positions? We tend to think that noisy beds are acceptable, but this is usually a sign that your bed’s condition has become compromised. If you are hearing a lot of creaking from your frame, inspect your bed and see if anything needs to be tightened-up, otherwise, it is likely time for a replacement.
If your mattress isn’t saggy but it is still sinking, then this is usually an indication of an issue with the frame. Because most frames have wooden slats that are easy to bend or break, this can cause a decrease in the frame’s support of your mattress. This results in poor sleep quality and should be addressed sooner rather than later.
If the frame of your bed is splitting, cracking, or showing any other signs of structural damage, then it is most definitely time for a new bed. There is no telling how long your damaged frame will hold up, and continuing use could potentially result in injury. To avoid a risky situation, replace your frame as soon as possible.