Most experts recommend that mattresses be replaced at least once every decade or so. However, many people don't bother doing this. If you've been considering replacing your current mattress but are still on the fence regarding this matter, here are a couple of reasons why it might be worth investing in a new one.
To prevent back pain
Over time, the pressure applied to a mattress by those lying on it can lead to sagging in certain areas. When this happens, it can no longer enable a person to sleep in a neutral position which will protect their back, by allowing for correct spine alignment. Instead, it forces them to assume a potentially harmful posture which will strain their muscles and ligaments, which then either puts them at risk of back pain or worsens their existing back issues.
Chronic back pain can wreak havoc on your physical well-being, your mood and your daily routine; if left untreated, it may impact your ability to exercise, work or even carry out basic household chores. It can also be emotionally and physically draining; coping with relentless aches and pains all day long can leave you with very little energy for anything else.
As such, if you find yourself regularly waking up with an aching lower back, and frequently feel exhausted even after a solid eight hours of sleep, it may be time to splurge on a new, more supportive mattress.
Whilst there is some debate about the best type of mattress for back support, a firm or medium-firm model is what most experts recommend. Make sure to opt for a high-quality model, such as a SleepMaker mattress. Whilst the initial outlay may be higher than that of lower quality model, this should be viewed as an investment, which will provide you with years of pain-free, comfortable sleep.
To avoid triggering your asthma and allergies
Your body sheds dead skin cells continuously - including at night whilst you lie on your bed. Over time, these cells will accumulate on your mattress. Unfortunately, this is precisely the type of 'food' that dust mites thrive on. This is why an older mattress (which has, as a result of the passage of time, amassed a huge amount of dead skin) is likely to be riddled with dust mites and their waste.
Whilst this isn't a very pleasant fact to dwell on, it is important to do so, particularly if you suffer from allergies or respiratory disorders (such as asthma), which could be exacerbated by dust mites. If you have recently found yourself experiencing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, watery eyes or a runny nose, it's possible that your mattress could be infested with these microscopic organisms.
Whilst you could attempt to hoover the surface of the mattress to get rid of some of these insects, the reality is it's unlikely you will be able to remove enough of them, as most will have burrowed into the mattress's interior, where your hoover cannot reach. Given this, it may be wiser to simply invest in a new, clean mattress.