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Top 10 signs you need a new mattress

Top 10 signs you need a new mattress


Mattress is an essential part of your life as it directly influences your sleep and sleep influences your daily activities, mental health and fitness. Read on to know if you are in need of a new mattress.

As per a survey conducted by National Sleep Foundation, 92 percent of people said a comfortable mattress is important for a good night’s sleep. The function of a mattress is to provide the right amount of support to every part of the body while making sure you feel well rested both physically and mentally. Disadvantages of old mattress include, risk of allergies, orthopedic injuries and breathing problems.

So, how do you know that you need a new mattress? Here are the top 10 signs that are indicative of you sleeping on the wrong mattress:

  • The mattress is more than 8 years old
  • A good quality branded mattress is made to last up 7-10 years, based on your usage and warranty. While most people tend to not pay attention to how old their mattress is, they also assume it to last forever and provide the same comfort even after supporting your body weight every night for years.

    It is highly recommended to switch to a new mattress every 7--8 years to continue getting the same level of comfort and support.

  • You are up all night
  • Too much tossing and turning or waking up frequently to adjust your position isn’t a good sign and can adversely affect your sleep quality and overall health. The culprit is highly likely to be your mattress and you should address the issue immediately, especially if you are not a victim of stress or poor sleep hygiene.

  • You don’t wake up feeling refreshed & relaxed
  • A comfortable mattress will improve your sleep quality and help you get a deep sleep experience. If you wake up feeling tired and lethargic every morning, your mattress might be causing your body to work overtime to find the ideal sleeping position.

  • You wake up with aches and pains
  • A mattress can over time lose its ability to provide the right support. Since sleep is the time your body recovers and rejuvenates after the stress experienced during the day, sleeping on the wrong mattress can lead to waking up with a sore back or stiff neck in the morning. It is best to address the issue right at the beginning.

  • Your mattress has lumps or is sagging
  • Visible lumps and sagging of a mattress are never a good sign and is a clear indication of getting the mattress replaced. A lumpy or sagging mattress will provide uneven pressure on the body and can lead to body pain and aches.

  • Your mattress has signs of wear and tear
  • Common signs of wear and tear include stains, a dip in the middle of the mattress or you sinking more than 2 inches into the mattress. Inferior quality mattresses are more likely to lose shape and age faster and call for a replacement.

  • You have active allergies
  • If your skin is acting up during the night or first thing in the morning, your mattress might be the reason as with time mattresses can lose breathability and also become home to dust mites and allergens. These irritants can trigger allergic reactions and replacing the mattress might be the only solution.

    It is also advised to maintain proper sleep hygiene to keep your mattress fresh and hygienic. Using a mattress protector is also important to protect your mattress from harmful bacteria, fungi and dust mites.

  • You get better sleep elsewhere
  • If you are struggling to fall asleep in your bed but end up getting better sleep on a different mattress, you need to consider upgrading your mattress. It is a way for your body to tell you that you can actually relax and get better sleep on a different mattress.

  • You went through a lifestyle change
  • Often the most ignored sign, lifestyle changes like weight gain, pregnancy and marriage are  contributing factors which call for a mattress upgrade. Weight fluctuation and change in sleep habits can impact the mattress and its layers, making your sleep space incapable of providing adequate comfort.

    An injury or health condition can also be a reason to switch to a certain type of mattress like an orthopedic mattress designed to offer advanced back and spine support. 

  • Your mattress is noisy or smelly
  • If squeaks and creaks are a part of your sleep, then you need to replace your mattress as it indicates damage in the foundation layers of the mattress. A smelly mattress is also a sign of it being toxic or unhygienic for everyday use.

    How to choose the right mattress?

    Now that you have decided your mattress needs to be replaced, the next big step is to find the right one to say goodbye to your sleep problems. Sleep experts recommend choosing a mattress based on your sleep habits and preferences to get the best value for your money and effort. Benefits of a new mattress are many and our easy 7 step guide to buying a mattress can help take the right decision.

    This detailed Mattress Buying Guide developed by our sleep experts can also help you pick the right mattress based on your needs and preferences.

    In a nutshell, the best mattress for back and neck pain are orthopedic mattresses. Our Duropedic range is a good choice as it is tested and recommended by doctors at the National Health Academy for its advanced 5 zoned orthopedic support layer.
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