Almost one-third of your life is spent sleeping on your comfortable mattress. It plays a valuable role in your everyday life and gives you the comfort you needed after a tiring day at work or after binge watching TV series. Sleeping on a comfortable mattress affects your everyday energy and mood. We listed down a few things that will help you determine if you need a change of mattress or not.
Signs that you should Change your Mattress
Do you still have a good night’s sleep?
If sleeping becomes uncomfortable for you and you wake up in the morning with body stiffness, aches, pains and even filled with tick bites all-over your body, your mattress may not be providing the level of support, comfort and protection that your body needs to have. A torn-out mattress will lessen your comfort while sleeping which may affect your day by feeling worn-out and sleep-deprived.
Does it cope with the changes in your body?
Did you a get a couple of pounds heavier or lighter compared to your weight a few years back? If you noticed a certain change on your body, and you think that your mattress is not able to support your body anymore, you might consider getting a new mattress. This can also be applied to a kid’s mattress which they outgrow as they get older. Mattresses can’t adapt by themselves to the growing body of a kid.
Does your mattress have a visible wear and tear?
If you can feel springs when you lie down and there are dips left on the mattress even after you got out of the bed. It is a definitive sign that you should change your mattress. You might also hear a creaking, squeaking sound when you go over the bed then that means that it is not on a sound condition and using it might harm your back.
Does your mattress keep you awake at night?
People age and so is your mattress too. As it ages, its ability to reduce the motion transfer like it previously did before declines. This causes much problem especially when it is a shared bed. It lessens the support it can give to two sleepers.
Is your mattress a home for dust mites or bed bugs?
Ever woke up feeling itchy all-over your body because the bed bugs made you a meal during the night? These bed bugs or dust mites loves to live in a warm and moist place and they also feed on dead skin cells. Also, a worn out and old mattress can accumulate a lot of dirt and allergens which can trigger allergic reactions and even asthmatic attack. There are many ways to remove these unwanted guests on your mattress but most of it doesn’t work when your bed has visible wear and tear.
Is your mattress older than 8 years old?
The sleep council strongly advice to replace mattresses every 8 years. During this time, the original comfort and support that it provided you previously has declined and can no longer maintain it. A mattress may just be hidden under a fitted sheet throughout its life, but we cannot remove the fact that it has become an important part of our daily lives.
If your answer is YES to almost every question above, you might need to consider saying goodbye to your old mattress and welcome a new and ergonomic mattress that will provide you good sleep for the next 8 years.
Tips for a Better Mattress Health
To ensure that your mattress will have a longer life than intended, here are some tips that you should follow:
- Make sure that your bedroom is well-ventilated and always keep the windows open in the morning. This lets the air move in and out of your room with ease while providing a great temperature for your mattress.
- When washing the fitted sheet, comforters and pillowcase, make sure to wash them on a hot temperature (about 60C or more). To make sure that any bacteria or germs living on the sheet will be eradicated.
- You may use a mattress protector, waterproof or not. This will help prevent the mattress from being soiled by liquids or fluids that may seep through the inside of the mattress causing damage to its components. For better hygiene, regularly wash it.
- During summer, where nights are warmer and a lot of sweating may have occurred, do not make your bed right away. Leave the bed uncovered and ideally, the duvet should be hanged somewhere where it will dry fast. In this way, the sweat that the sheet absorbed will dry fast lessening the chances of the bacteria from reproducing on the bed.