We’ve heard it a million times, “But my mattress is still so comfortable! I don’t need a new one.” It may be the case that your mattress still feels like heaven, but under all those foamy layers could be a bed that’s been betraying you for years! You know better than to judge a book by its cover, so forget about how nice and cosy your mattress is ask yourself: Is it time to part ways? Let’s find out.
#10 - You can’t stop tossing and turning
It’s not just an over-active mind that keeps us up tossing and turning at night. According to a recent survey of over 2,400 Australians, 70% of people said an uncomfortable mattress kept them awake. If you’re part of the 70% who spend most of the night trying to find a comfortable position, it’s an indication that your mattress has the wrong firmness and it’s time for a new one.
#9 - You hear creaking noises
Although often mistaken as a prop to elevate the mattress, your box spring has a pretty important job of it’s own and that is to support the mattress. If you lie awake at night listening to it squeak, creak or moan, it’s trying to tell you that it can no longer support your mattress and it’s about to start sagging. Time for a replacement.
#8 - There is an imprint of your body
If you can see the outline of your own body in your mattress then it’s a horrible sign that your mattress gave up on supporting you a long, long time ago. Permanent impressions such as the imprint of your body only occurs when the mattress experiences traumatic sagging. If this happens to you, run.
#7 - You don’t wake up refreshed.
While there are certainly morning people amongst us, 1 in 10 Australians wake up feeling “like death warmed up” each morning, according to a National Slumber Survey commissioned by Ikea. Whether you wake up feeling like death or you wake up just feeling blah, the bottom line is unless you’re waking up totally refreshed, your mattress is letting you down. This could be do to a variety of reasons, such as sagging or pressure points that leave you feeling sleep deprived when you wake.
#6 - You’re waking up in pain
Since your body goes into repair mode each night, there is no reason why you should ever wake up with more aches and pains than you went to sleep with - unless your mattress isn’t supporting you. This is often the case when your mattress is too soft.
#5 - Lumps and bumps in the night
Nothing says “I give up” like a lumpy, bumpy mattress that’s tired of supporting you. Lumps occur when the padding inside the mattress shifts around often due to old age, and this results in an uneven density that is really uncomfortable to sleep on. It also happens in poor quality mattresses where the filling isn’t stitched or tufted accordingly. Don’t put up with things that go bump in the night. Get yourself a quality lump-bump-free mattress.
#4 - Springs are popping up everywhere
Unless it’s September, there’s no need for Springs to be popping up. If, like 36% of Australians, you wait until Springs are literally poking out of your old mattress before shopping for a new one, you’ve likely already done some damage to your body and sleeping behaviour. Don’t wait until the springs give out, invest in a new mattress as soon as your sleep quality starts to diminish. With a foam layered mattress, you will never have to worry about any wires poking into you over time.
#3 - You’re getting older
One thing to look forward to as you age is getting a new mattress. It’s a fact that the older you get, the more supportive your mattress should be so it can combat back pain associated with aging. If it’s not on there already, add “mattress” to your birthday wishlist.
#2 - it’s been 7 years or more
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but all great relationships have to come to an end, specifically after 7 years. At this point, your mattress simply can’t do it’s job due to wear and tear, nor can it keep up with your body’s increased need for comfort and support as you age. We know it’s hard but if it’s been 7 years or more, then it’s time to say goodbye. Remember to recycle your old mattress to save the environment.
#1 You’ve fallen out of love
Ah, you've done it again. You were meant to hit the sack hours ago but you couldn't stop binge-watching Netflix, checking your emails and/or catching up on housework. Or maybe you just couldn't say no to that evening caffeine fix and now you're tossing and turning, with your precious sleep window slowly closing.
You may not realise it when you wake up in the morning, but over time our favourite positions are causing everything from back and neck pain to stomach problems and even wrinkles. So is it time to kick your bad sleep position?