How Do I Know If I Need a New Mattress?

Your body does some incredible things while you sleep. Your muscles and joints rest after a long day and your entire body is in re-charge mode. While you’re sleeping, your body is doing much more than just resting! In fact, many bodily functions are more active when you are asleep! While in deep sleep, your brain is hard at work laying down new memories learned that day. People who get proper recuperative sleep generally exhibit better decision-making skills and have better attention spans. Deep sleep has also been known to help the body fight off infections, and to contribute to proper growth in children. Adults recovering from injury receive generous healing benefits from proper sleep as well.

With all these vital functions taking place at night, shouldn’t you provide your body with the best support and comfort possible? If your mattress is inadequate, you may be robbing your body of its key recuperating time at night.

Sometimes it is very obvious that it’s time for a new mattress. The mattress may squeak or rattle when you sit on it. There may also be visible signs, such as a protruding spring or border rod, that let you know it needs to be replaced. Without some of these physical signs, though, it can be a little confusing to know when it is time to purchase a new bed. If you are unsure whether or not it is time for a new mattress, consider the following factors:

Age. Is your mattress 8-10 years old? If your answer is yes, then it is probably time for a new bed. The average old mattress has about 2 million dust mites living in it. They feed off your perspiration and dead skin cells and can be a common trigger for people suffering from asthma and allergies. If this isn’t reason enough to switch your bed, go on to number two.

Comfort. Have you been waking up slightly stiff or sore and can’t figure out why? Your old mattress may be to blame. Has your concentration or memory recall during the day diminished? This, again, may indicate it is time for a change.

Personal Changes. Since mattresses are a household item that we do not purchase often, it is entirely possible that your personal needs have changed since your last purchase. As we age, our bodies may require a different kind of bed than what we needed before. On the other hand, if you and your partner feel like you are disturbing each other’s sleep, consider upgrading to a king-sized bed. Generally speaking, if you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, do yourself a favor and go mattress shopping.

Mattress shopping can be a difficult and frustrating experience – especially if you fall into the wrong hands. Don’t let the “Big Box” shops try to sell you the cheapest mattress out there! In the long run, it will only cost you MORE money and rob you of important rest for your body. Come to Furnitureland South and work with our educated Sleep Specialists to find the bed that’s right for both your body and your budget! Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to the best, most recuperative sleep your body can receive! Sweet dreams!

{Image Courtesy of Sealy}
{Image Courtesy of Sealy}

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