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A mattress can be an expensive purchase. However, there could be many cases where a new mattress is a worthy investment. Below are just a few signs that you should replace your mattress.
It’s keeping you awake at night
The sole purpose of a mattress is to provide a comfortable night’s sleep. If you’re spending the whole night tossing and turning because you can’t get comfortable, then you need a better mattress. It’s possible that your mattress may be old, in which case it could be sagging or could have lumps from damage that are making it uncomfortable. A newer mattress could solve these problems. Alternatively, your mattress may simply not be suitable for your sleep preferences – some people prefer a firm mattress, while others prefer a softer mattress. Firm mattresses tend to be better for those that sleep on their back, while front-sleepers and side-sleepers are likely to prefer a softer and springier mattress.
It’s causing you pain
Your mattress shouldn’t be causing you pain. It’s possible that you may have existing back pain or joint pain and your mattress could be making it worse by not providing the support you need. In such cases, you may want to look into an orthopaedic mattress – these are specifically designed for people with chronic pain. Alternatively, there may be ways of using pillows to provide support to parts of your body. Pillows can also be used to stop you rolling over in your sleep.
It’s bringing out allergies
Old mattresses can start to attract lots of potential allergens including dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander. If you regularly wake up with itchy eyes, rashes or a sniffle, consider whether it could be your mattress. Investing in a hypoallergenic mattress may be worthwhile if you have a known dust mite allergy. Such mattresses can help to repel dust mites, reducing the risk of having an allergic reaction.
There are stains that won’t shift
Stains are unsightly and often unhygienic. There are ways of getting rid of stains from your mattress, which are always worth trying before splurging on a new mattress. However, if stains are refusing to shift, it could be time to buy yourself a replacement. In the future, consider using a mattress protector to prevent stains.
Your mattress is over 7 years old
Most mattresses have an average life of about 7 years. Over the years they can start to wear out from repeated use, becoming less springy and more uncomfortable. Even if it’s not affecting your sleep quality, it’s possible that such a mattress could be failing to support your body properly, increasing the risk of developing joint problems. Old mattresses can also start to attract bacteria and fungi. Regularly cleaning your mattress may be able to solve this problem, however if you’ve not cleaned your mattress in 7 years, it’s probably best to just throw it out as it is likely crawling with contaminants.
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