A number of commercials and ads say that you need to buy a new mattress every eight years, but when should you really replace your mattress?
Honestly, it depends.
The lifespan of a mattress depends on a few factors: the type of mattress, the quality of the mattress, and how it’s been taken care of and used.
While there’s not a single, clear-cut answer to this question, these nine signs will tell you when it’s time to replace your mattress.
1. Your mattress is uncomfortable.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but your mattress should be comfortable! Having a comfortable mattress isn’t only important for a good night’s sleep but for your overall health as well.
A mattress can be uncomfortable to sleep on if it’s broken-down due to age or simply just not the right mattress for you; in either case, you should consider replacing your mattress.
2. You wake up with aches, pains, or numbness.
If your mattress doesn’t provide the support and comfort your body needs, then you’re guaranteed to wake up with aches and pains (especially in your neck and back).
You might even wake up to find your arms and legs asleep; this results from a mattress that’s too firm and doesn’t contour to the body, restricting blood circulation and causing numbness.
Sleeping in your bed should make you feel better, not worse. If your mattress is causing you undue pain, then you should replace it.
3. You find sleeping in other places to be more comfortable.
Do you often fall asleep in your recliner or on the couch? Or does returning from vacation mean coming back to sleepless nights?
Sleeping in other places is fine, but you shouldn’t be avoiding or dreading your own bed. If you do, then you’re probably long overdue to replace your mattress.
4. Your mattress is sagging or has indentations.
A mattress that sags or has indentations is more than an eye sore- it’s uncomfortable and annoying!
Rolling into the middle or lying on a lumpy bed makes it difficult to sleep and is a sign that you definitely need to replace your mattress.
5. Your mattress shows signs of wear and tear.
If your mattress looks worn and torn on the outside, then the internal structure of the mattress could also be damaged.
A damaged mattress won’t be able to fully provide the support and comfort your body needs, so you might want to replace your mattress before it starts causing problems.
6. Your allergies or asthma are getting worse.
Dust mites will naturally accumulate in your mattress overtime, so the older your mattress is, the more dust mites it has.
Dust mites aggravate conditions such as allergies and asthma, so if your symptoms are getting worse despite medical treatment, it could be time to replace your mattress.
7. You gained or lost weight.
If you’ve gained or lost a significant amount of weight, you might find that your mattress has suddenly become uncomfortable.
As your body changes, so will your support and comfort needs. You can try putting a topper on your mattress to see if that helps, but you’ll need to replace your mattress if there’s a structural issue.
8. You can feel the other person moving around in bed.
You’re going to feel a certain amount of motion transfer if you share your bed with someone, but older beds are going to be worse about that than those in better condition.
If the motion transfer has gotten worse or is causing you to lose sleep, then it’s time for you to replace your mattress.
9. Your mattress is squeaky.
Your bed can be squeaky due to your bed frame or foundation, but, more often than not, the squeaking is caused by worn-out coiled springs in your mattress.
In addition to being noisy, a mattress with a compromised coil system won’t properly support your back and neck, so it’s likely that your mattress needs to be replaced if you hear squeaks in the night.
10. You can’t remember how old the mattress is.
If you can’t remember when you bought your mattress, that’s a sign that you might need to replace it.
You especially might need to replace your mattress if it’s causing you one or more of these other problems and you can’t remember how old it is.
We hope our list has helped you decide whether or not you need to replace your mattress. When did you know it was time to replace your last mattress? Tell us in the comments below!