After sleeping on hotel beds for the past couple of weeks, I have a new appreciation for my mattress at home. My friend had the opposite experience, she was much more comfortable in the hotel than at home. 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. I guess that’s a good indication – if you sleep somewhere else, and are more comfortable, there’s something wrong at home! Most mattresses are only designed to last between eight and ten years, yet many of us keep them for twelve years or more. That means that for at least a quarter of the time, we’re uncomfortable. To me, that’s unacceptable.
Another indication that your mattress needs to be replaced is a sag or dip. This means that inside the bed, there is a malfunction in the support system. A failed support system leads to compromised support for your back.
If your bed is squeaking, it needs to be replaced. 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. The rule of thumb is that if your back pain goes away by the afternoon, it’s from your bed. If it is the same all day, it’s your back. 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. Life is too short to be uncomfortable, especially for eight hours a night for five years. That’s almost 15,000 hours of tossing and turning! Do yourself a favor, go shop for a new mattress, and be comfortable for another eight to ten years!