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How to Know When to Buy a New Mattress

by Katie Duzan

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Getting a good night's sleep on a quality mattress is important if you want to function at an optimal level throughout the day. When in good condition, mattresses provide support and comfort. As they start to wear, however, their level of support decreases, and they become more and more uncomfortable. This results in a variety of problems, from sleep loss to daily aches and pains. To prevent problems, it is imperative to replace mattresses when they age. Look below to learn how to know when to buy a new mattress.

When to Buy a New Mattress:

  1. Note the age of the mattress. The more weight that is placed on a mattress, the shorter its lifespan. Weight causes mattresses to feel softer or less supportive in common sleeping positions. Before you purchase a new mattress, try flipping it first. Remember that memory foam mattresses can be rotated but not flipped over.

  2. Consider the weight placed on it. The more weight placed on mattresses, the less time they last. Weight causes mattresses to feel softer or less supportive in common sleeping positions.

  3. Watch for aches and pains. As mattresses age, they provide less support. This causes various aches and pains throughout the body, especially in the back and neck. A good mattress helps you sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed. Consider replacing your mattress when it becomes more difficult for you to get up and around in the morning.

  4. Check sleep quality. Tossing and turning can be a sign of a mattress problem. When getting comfortable to go to sleep becomes a problem, it's time to replace your mattress.

  5. Look out for sneezing. Mattresses accumulate dust, pollen, animal dander and dust mites inside them constantly. As the levels of these allergens increase, so does the risk for problems with allergies and asthma. Replace your mattress if sneezing and asthma problems become common, especially if it's during the night or first thing in the morning.

  6. Do a visual assessment. The easiest way to determine if your mattress needs replacing to simply examine it without the bedding. If your mattress is visibly sagging, it's time to get a new one.

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