Mattress Intervention: out with the Old and in with the New
There comes a time in the life of every mattress when it becomes unusable and even unhealthy. If you are like most consumers, however, identifying the signs that your mattress has reached the end of its usable life expectancy can be difficult to spot. Well, I’m here to show you some of the telltale signs that your mattress has seen its better days.
If you’re wondering if a change is needed, then following these simple steps can help you be out with the old and in the new.
How was your mattress used over its lifetime?
For example, was your mattress in the guest room for your jumping grandchildren or was it in your master bedroom? The age of your mattress surely affects its effectiveness, but so does its use.
Do you wake up feeling sore and unrested?
If you answered yes, it could be a sign that your mattress is no longer providing adequate support. Over time bed springs sag and pillow tops become worn affecting your quality of sleep. Do yourself a favour and toss it! So much depends on a restful night’s sleep!
How has your mattress changed over the years?
Can you identify any sagging across the middle? Do you see any holes, bumps, worn out seams? Staying proactive can prevent major problems down the line. It is well worth it to catch these defects in your mattress early, before you pay the price of sleepless nights and morning pain.
Germs, germs and more germs
Like it or not, your mattress is a natural incubator for germs and microscopic pests! Kinda gross just thinking about, right? And neglecting to clean your mattress regularly will only worsen the problem. If you’re feeling a bit queasy right now, maybe it’s because you just realized that it’s already too late. Your mattress has been lost to a horde of microscopic invaders who have been having a party while you sleep for perhaps years. Send these unwelcome (and unhealthy) pests packing! It’s time to start fresh with a new mattress!
Listen to your mattress
How does it sound when you get in? Squeaks and creaks are a sure sign that your mattress is ready for the trash heap. These sounds typically come from your box spring which is an integral part of your total sleep system (mattress, pillow, room environment), and must also be in good shape for your mattress to perform effectively.
Now that you are armed with the tools to liberate yourself from a squeaky, uncomfortable, germ-infested bed, here are the next steps to take:
- Gather information on your sleeping habits and health condition.
- Go on-line to learn about different mattress technologies or visit a mattress specialist who can advise and guide you to the mattress that fits your comfort needs.
- Make sure you actually try different types of mattresses before making a selection.
Science is discovering more and more about the detrimental effects to our health from the chronic lack and quality of sleep. Plus, we spend about a third of our life in bed! Why not make the most of it?