After sleeping on hotel beds for the past couple of weeks, I have a new appreciation for my Â mattress at home. Â My friend had the opposite experience, she was much more comfortable in the hotel than at home. Â That made me start thinking – when should we start thinking about changing to a new mattress?
My friend obviously needs a new mattress, if the one that she slept on at the hotel was that much more comfortable. Â I guess that’s a good indication – if you sleep somewhere else, and are more comfortable, there’s something wrong at home! Â Most mattresses are only designed to last between eight and ten years, yet many of us keep them for twelve years or more. Â That means that for at least a quarter of the time, we’re uncomfortable. Â To me, that’s unacceptable.
Another indication that your mattress needs to be replaced is a sag or dip. Â This means that inside the bed, there is a malfunction in the support system. Â A failed support system leads to compromised support for your back.
If your bed is squeaking, it needs to be replaced. Â Something has shifted, worn through, or otherwise changed to produce the noise, and that means that things are not working as they should.
Finally, if you’re waking up with a backache, it’s time to change. Â The rule of thumb is that if Â your back pain goes away by the afternoon, it’s from your bed. Â If it is the same all day, it’s your back. Â Either way, you can probably get better support and some relief from a newer, more supportive mattress.
Studies have shown that people complain about their mattress for an average of three to five years before replacing it. Â Life is too short to be uncomfortable, especially for eight hours a night for five years. Â That’s almost 15,000 hours of tossing and turning! Â Do yourself a favor, go shop for a new mattress, and be comfortable for another eight to ten years!