- Mental Health:
When your sleep is disrupted every night by an uncomfortable mattress, this can cause fatigue, which may negatively affect your mental health. Fatigue results in less mental energy to perform everyday activities. A good night’s rest is crucial in the maintenance of your mental health.
If your mattress is 6-8+ years old, you may notice it beginning to damage or wear out. It is recommended to replace your mattress at least every 6 to 8 years to prevent yourself from overusing a mattress.
- Impact on sleep:
As mentioned before, sleeping on an old or damaged mattress can cause fatigue. This is because sleeping on an old or damaged mattress affects a person’s sleep. Interruptions to your sleep are a liability to your well-being. It’s important that you get your beauty sleep every night to ensure that you can take on the next day with a fresh attitude.
Another noticeable sign that you may need a new mattress is if your mattress is saggy or damaged in some areas. If a mattress is damaged, getting the rest you need every day can be difficult. A stray spring in your back is never a pleasant experience while sleeping.
A clear sign that your mattress needs replacing is if it is making a large amount of noise when it is laid on. This is a sign that your mattress’s springs or other parts are wearing out. Much like damage, noise can also disrupt your sleep if you are sensitive to sound when sleeping.
- Do you sleep better elsewhere?
When you visit a hotel or a friend’s house and notice that you sleep better, it may be because your mattress is either old, saggy, or damaged. If you find yourself more rested after sleeping at another location, you may want to consider replacing your mattress.
If you notice an increase in allergies or asthma, it may be so because your mattress is old or dirty. Dirty mattresses can cause mould to develop, which can cause the onset of allergies or asthma. If your mattress is unable to be cleaned, then it may be a good time to replace it.
If you regularly wake up with joint or muscle stiffness, it could be a sign that your mattress is old or damaged and needs replacing. Waking up with pains in your body is an unpleasant experience and can affect your physical and mental well-being in the long term.
Buying a new mattress. Is it worth it?
Improved Sleep – Research has shown that new mattresses significantly improve sleep quality and reduce back pain. Most new mattress owners are likely to have their sleep quality improved after purchasing a new bed.
Reduced Aches & Pains – If you wake up with pain or stiffness in your back, shoulders, hip or neck, it’s quite possible that your mattress may be part of the problem. Older beds tend to sag in places, reducing support and making your spine less likely to be properly aligned. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that whatever you are sleeping on, it is comfortable. As mentioned before, mattress-induced pain can have a detrimental effect on your physical and mental well-being.
Reduced Motion Transfer – Older mattresses tend to transfer more motion from one side of the bed to the other. This means that a partner changing positions in the night can disrupt your sleep. A new mattress – and particularly an all-foam or hybrid bed – will transfer less motion, helping couples get better rest together.
Reduced Allergies/Asthma – Old mattresses accumulate dust mites, mould, bacteria and other allergens at an alarming rate. Research has shown that mattresses have the highest concentration of dust mites out of any household item, and other allergens are also very common in older mattresses. If you’ve found that your allergies or asthma symptoms have worsened, your mattress may be partially to blame.
While it can be tempting to stick with your existing mattress and save some money, it will be worthwhile for most people to upgrade. Remember that you will spend roughly 1/3rd of your life in bed – and there’s no better way to invest in your well-being than to do all you can to ensure quality sleep. Come to The Bed Centre today, and see what we can do to help you get the rest you deserve.