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When Is It Time to Buy A New Mattress?

Getting a good night’s sleep is important to your health, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. There are a lot of factors that impact the quality of your sleep, but one of the most important is making sure you’re sleeping on the right mattress. After all, you want to actually rise and shine in the morning, right?

If your sleep is suffering, start by taking a look at your mattress. Here are 7 questions you should ask yourself to help determine if your current mattress should be replaced.

1. How old is your mattress?

The average length of time most manufacturers suggests you keep your mattress is eight years. This can vary depending on your bed, so check with your mattress’s manufacturer. Over time, the materials in a mattress settle and become worn. For example, if you have an innerspring mattress, the springs will lose their ability to evenly distribute weight. That can cause discomfort or even pain. If your mattress is more than 8 years old and your back isn’t getting the same support it used to or it’s just not as comfortable, then it’s time to go shopping.

2. Have you had a sudden lifestyle change?

Perhaps you’ve recently moved in with a significant other and now your mattress is holding more weight every night. A mattress should be comfortable for everyone who uses it. A new mattress is a great symbolic purchase for celebrating the beginning of a new life together.

Body changes can also require a new mattress. Have you lost weight, or maybe gained some? Your mattress will know the difference. A mattress that used to hold a heavier body will not support your new lighter one the same way, and visa versa. The bed feels different because you feel different. Your body may need a different bed for the best sleep experience.

3. Does anything hurt?

Believe it or not, that sore back may be a result of an ineffective mattress. Every person’s body has unique mattress needs. Some people prefer a firmer mattress while others want something as soft as a cloud. It doesn’t matter what the age of your mattress is, if it hurts to go to bed, then get rid of it!

4. Does the mattress sag or dip?

An old or heavily used mattress will start to sag over time. If your mattress has a crater-sized dip in it, that’s a sign that it needs replaced. This makes getting a good sleep almost impossible. A sag will suck you in like a black hole and place you in a part of the bed that lacks the support and comfort you need for a good night’s rest.

5. What’s that smell?

There are few things more annoying than a smell you can’t get away from when you’re trying to sleep. It’s very common for older mattresses to start to smell, even if you’ve done a great job cleaning it over the years. Body sweat, bodily fluids (especially from small children), pets, smoke and dust can all eventually become smells you can’t ignore. If your mattress is starting to smell and your attempts to deodorize it aren’t working, it’s time to buy a new mattress.

6. How are your allergies?

Mattresses are prime places for dust, pollen, and mold to settle. Proper upkeep of a mattress can help ease allergies, but older mattresses may be beyond fixing. If you find that your allergies are worse when you go to bed, the mattress may be the problem. If you have asthma, it can be even worse. This is a good sign that you need a new mattress. After all, a bed should be a place where you can rest, not something that makes you miserable.

7. Are you waking up with bug bites?

It doesn’t matter how good of a housekeeper you are; anyone can get bed bugs. If you travel frequently or travel internationally, you may be at higher risk of getting bed bugs. There are ways to treat a small infestation, but at a certain point it might be too much. The best way to keep your peace of mind is to replace the infested mattress and start fresh.

How’d you do?

Depending on your answers to these questions, you might be in the market for a new mattress. If you are, don't worry, Niagara Sleep Therapy is here to help you find the perfect mattress to help you get a great night’s sleep.

We have been serving the Fort Wayne area since 1949 by providing relief from a variety of sleep issues such as sleep apnea, acid reflux and Fibromyalgia. We offer adjustable beds, a variety of mattresses, massage chairs and lift chairs to make your rest more comfortable and effective. To learn more, stop into our store here in Fort Wayne at 4150 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite K-6, or call us today at 1-800-541-0452.

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