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5 Signs You Urgently Need To Replace Your Mattress


Whenever we crawl into bed in hopes to have good night's rest, there's one crucial item we all have to rely on - a quality mattress.

While there may be other aspects that factor into your nightly rest, nothing can replace the significance the bed has on our beauty sleep.  

So, when you realize your mattress isn't as good as it used to be, it's imperative to have it replaced, rather than just accepting the inevitable until it reaches its seven to 10 year lifespan.

Although it may be difficult to catch the signs of a deteriorating box spring, we have you covered.

Here are five signs that'll tell you when you need to swap out your mattress.

When is it time to buy a new mattress?

1. You don't feel rested when you wake up

If you've had a full eight hours of beauty sleep, but still feel tired when you wake up, it's a sign your mattress has got to go.

Unless you have a sleeping condition, your tossing and turning will typically be attributed to your body being unable to find a comfortable position to rest in.  

2. There's a significant change in your weight

Whether you've gained or lost several pounds or have decide to become bed buddies with your partner, your mattress which supported you once may no longer be able to throughout its lifespan.

When a heavier weight is placed on the mattress, along with triggering faster wear and tear, it will no longer be able to uphold the original comfort it once offered.

Although a mattress topper may be a short-term fix, it won't help your poor sleeping conditions in the long run.

3. Your allergies have worsened

If it's not allergy season and you wake up with a running nose, sneezing, and an itchy nose, mouth, and throat, don't be surprised if your mattress is the culprit.

Chances are a buildup of dust mites have made its way into your bed, which thrives on the bedding.

While vacuuming, steaming, and flipping your mattress could reduce the amount of dust mites holing up in your bed, if you don't see a decrease in your allergy symptoms, it's time to buy a new one.

4. It takes more than an hour to fall asleep

One way to measure your sleep quality is by how long it takes you to doze off.

If you're spending an hour or more in bed before you fall asleep, it could be because of your mattress.

Although there could be other contributors to your inability to catch some zzz's, a too firm mattress could be the problem.

According to a 2015 study in Sleep Science, when a group of seniors switched from a "high firm" mattress to a "medium firm" mattress, the average time it took for them to fall asleep dramatically fell by an average of 46 minutes.

5. It's noisy

When most people lay in bed, they prefer to drift off to sleep with the sound of silence, not with a noisy mattress.

It's not normal to hear your mattress squeaking or your springs creaking, something is amiss.

If your bed's foundation isn't in good condition, it could negatively affect your mattress' comfort, support, and shape.

[H/T: Reader's Digest, Prevention, Foamite]

When was the last time you bought a new mattress? Let us know in the comments!

Maya has been working at Shared for a year. She just begrudgingly spent $200 on a gym membership. Contact her at maya@shared.com