4 Signs You Need a New Mattress

There are plenty of reasons that you may have trouble sleeping at night—insomnia, using your laptop or phone just before bed, allergens, and more But what if the problem is in fact the very mattress you are sleeping on? How can you tell if it’s time to invest in a new mattress? Here are 4 common mattress problems that let you know it’s time to replace your mattress.

1. Your Mattress is Hurting You

If you are waking up in the morning stiff, sore, or suffering from back, hip, or joint pain, that could be a sign that your mattress is more trouble than it’s worth. Often, these problems stem from the mattress not being the proper level of support for you. A mattress that is too soft can move your spine into an unnatural position throughout the night. A mattress that is too firm can strain your muscles and foster poor sleeping posture because it doesn’t provide the right kind of support.

Look for tell-tale signs that your mattress is to blame. If you spend a good deal of the night tossing and turning or if you constantly awake to stiffness or pain, that’s a sign that you may need to replace your mattress.

When searching for a replacement, make sure it’s a mattress you feel comfortable on, with the right level of firmness and that supports you properly. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t buy it.

2. Your Mattress is Sagging or Lumpy

Mattress sagging is an unfortunately common problem for factory-made mattresses. Many manufacturers blame the problem on “upholstery settling,” which is code for using low grade foam or polyester fiber in their mattresses. For steel coil mattresses, the sagging could be the result of an inadequate number of coils.

Sagging is doubly common with larger mattresses, as there may be poor support in the center of such mattresses. However, it’s important to distinguish between sagging and body impressions. The latter is your mattress conforming to you, and it can improve your spinal position and provide proper sleeping support.

Lumps are caused by the reverse of sagging—your body is pushing some of the material up as it pushes other parts down. Check your mattress for any sags or lumps—anything more than 2 inches deep is a sign that it’s time to replace your mattress.

3. Your Mattress is Over 7 Years Old

Mattresses don’t live forever. They have a specific lifespan, usually being no more than seven years. You may be able to expand its life if you make sure to regularly rotate and flip your mattress every six months—evenly distributing the pressure of your body across the mattress. However, this is easy to forget and even if you do it regularly, it won’t extend your mattress’ life by a significant margin. If your mattress is nearing the end of its life, there’s a greater chance that you’ll wake up sore or stiff or that the mattress will sag—all signs it’s time to replace it.

4. You Get a Better Night’s Sleep Away from Home

If you find yourself craving a night’s sleep at a friend’s house, a relative’s, or even a hotel, that’s a sign that your mattress is likely the source of your sleepless nights. That should be unacceptable—your bed should be the heart of your relaxation, not something to be avoided or dreaded.

Don’t let that happen to you. Gardner Mattress offers a wide range of affordable handmade mattresses with different levels of firmness for everyone’s comfort. We use a specialized upholstery pre-compression technique to prevent mattress sags or lumps, so you can wake up refreshed, not sore. Contact us today at 978-744-1810.


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