by Paige Jirsa
There can be many signs that you need a new mattress which should not be ignored. Delaying purchasing that new mattress could be detrimental to your health. Most mattresses last 7 to 10 years, but don't let that time frame, or the warranty, be your guide. You may slowly become accustomed to sleeping on a deteriorating mattress and not realize the harm it is doing to your posture and overall health.
One sign you may not recognize is if you sleep much better elsewhere. That could be a motel room or you own sofa.
First, look at the appearance of your mattress. Obvious sagging and sunken spots are a sure indication this mattress is not good enough for your spine or restful sleep, especially if you have rotated or flipped the mattress several times.
The padding in some mattresses may actually shift around over time. This creates lumps resulting in painful pressure points.
The cellular structure of memory foam mattresses breaks down after time and therefore no longer supports you properly. If the impression from your body is two inches deep, it is time to start shopping.
Mattress springs can begin to lean or become displaced. A spring mattress shouldn't make noise so if you hear metal grinding or squeakiness, this is not a quality mattress anymore.
Since our bodies change with time, the type of mattress we need may change too.
Waking up with numbness, stiffness, or back pain can be a sign your mattress is no longer providing adequate support. You may have tossed and turned during the night and not realize it.
If you experience a significant change in body weight, the mattress that once provided proper support may no longer do so.
Without deep sleep, you will be less efficient and less productive during your day.
One function of sleep is memory consolidation. Information retention is boosted by the REM sleep stage, so if this stage is interrupted your recall the next day may be impaired. Over time, it may worsen.
Do you smell something funny in your bedroom? Since mattresses accumulate moisture and body oil, that could be the source. These substances can host mold, a potentially dangerous situation. You may become lethargic and not understand why.
Mattresses accumulate allergens over time, especially dust mites which live on dead skin cells. You may wake up with a stuffed up head or watery nose and not make the connection. It is unpleasant to remember that dust mites also deposit their feces on your mattress for years. According to experts at Ohio State University, as many as 10 million of these microscopic pests may be alive and well in your mattress.
If you begin to notice that allergies are worse in the morning, then it may be because you were "breathing" your mattress all night.
Most people spend close to one-third of their lives on their bed, so the investment in a mattress should be considered a serious one. The right investment may reduce or eliminate related medical expenses.
Author Bio: Paige Jirsa- I work with Top10.Today, a shopping comparison site, where we strive to help consumers find the best quality and priced products.