It’s no secret that sleep is an important factor if you’re trying to stay healthy. It’s also no secret that if your mattress isn’t up to par, you won’t be achieving the maximum benefits from a snooze.
Industry standards say you should replace your mattress every ten years. Sometimes though, ten years might be just too long to wait before upgrading the surface you’re sleeping on. So what should you be looking for when you think its time to make a change? We asked our mattress expert, Aaron, for some tips on when to replace your mattress, and what to look for when you’re searching for ‘the one’.
Is it time for a new mattress?
Pain: If you wake up with pain in your back and neck or you’re simply feeling sore and achy when you wake in the morning, its probably time to consider replacing your mattress. Mattresses that are past their prime can cause tossing and turning, leading to sore muscles, less REM cycles, and just general fatigue.
You’ve Had it Forever : While sometimes a mattress will need replacing before the 10 year mark, other times you simply need a new mattress because, well, yours is old. If it was fantastic when you bought it, you may be hesitant to go to a newer model. Over time, though, body composition can change. When it does, your mattress should be able to support any variations.
What kinds of mattresses are available?
There many mattress types available , each claiming their own unique traits. These are a few of the most common that you’ll see on a showroom floor:
Innerspring : The most commonly used in households across the country. According to furniture.com, an estimated 80 percent of of homes are using innerspring mattresses. These types of mattresses are constructed using steel coils to support body weight.
Latex : These mattresses constructed of either organic, blended or fully synthetic latex material are popular with shoppers today, and are typically hailed for their firmness and high durability.
Memory Foam : Memory foam mattresses are another popular mattress model on the market today. These mattresses are constructed from polyurethane molding that allows for conformity to the shape of the body.
Hybrid : Hybrid mattresses typically combine both memory foam and innerspring mattress technology. They allow for the body hugging feel of a memory foam mattress with the sturdiness and support of innerspring.
Something each of these mattress types will have in common are variations of firmness and style.
What's Right for Me?
It’s difficult to pin point pros and cons for each material without actually laying on the mattress itself. Mattress comfort depends so much on the individual, its difficult to know what's best without a trial. While one person may need the support of a firm latex model, another person may sleep best on a plush memory foam or hybrid.
We asked Aaron what to avoid when you venture out to buy your next mattress - he suggested staying away from pushy sales people. While no one likes to be in a pressure situation, if your mattress salesperson is steering you towards a model that isn’t right for you, you may find yourself in the market for another mattress sooner than you’d like.
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