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Is it Time for a New Mattress?

A mattress is a long-term purchase, so it’s easy to forget the basics such as the warning signs that you may need a new mattress.  Mattresses can come with warranties that last 10-20 years but sometimes you may need a replacement sooner than that.  So how are you supposed to know if it’s time for a new mattress?

The first sign is how old your mattress is.  If your mattress is between 5-7 years old it could be time for a new mattress.  Since the years have passed when you first purchased your mattress, your body has gone through changes whether they are natural (gain/lose weight, muscle mass, etc) or not (surgery, accident, etc) your mattress may not be properly supporting the recent changes that have happened to you.

If you find that you’re waking up with aches and pains or even more tired than you were before going to bed, that is another sign you may need a new mattress.  A mattress that doesn’t properly support you can cause aches and pains from building pressure points throughout the night.  The increasing pressure points also lead to tossing and turning throughout the night to find some sort of comfortable position which makes you feel exhausted in the morning because you didn’t get any sleep.

Finding a comfortable spot to sleep anywhere but in your bedroom is another possible sign you need to replace your mattress.  Sleeping on your couch, or recliner, or maybe even your car, is not conducive to restful sleep.  These pieces of furniture are not meant to support you for the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep like your mattress is made for.

Examine the surface of your mattress.  If you see the indentation from where you sleep and even if you regularly rotate your mattress it won’t go away, that is another sign you may need a new mattress.  Remember your mattress should always conform to you, not you to it.

We spend one-third of our lives in bed, so always make sure that you are being properly supported each night by your mattress.  Sleep directly affects your quality of life so make sure you invest in your health by getting a mattress that is comfortable and supportive.

I made a video about the signs when you may need a new mattress.  Check it out below!  When do you know it’s time to replace your mattress?  Leave me a comment in the comment section below to get the conversation going.


Contributor: Emily Barrett


  1. Great post Emily.
    So many people don’t know when their mattress is no longer suitable. Even if a mattress looks OK, it may not actually be OK – ie not giving you the support or comfort you need for a really good night’s sleep.

  2. Hi Emily;

    What do you recommend for people that have older (7-8) year mattresses that are of the “no rotate” design. Not meant to be flipped or rotated, and it “seems” fine – I wake up achy, but am sure that’s got more to do with age than the mattress…. How do I measure how “good” this mattress is?


    • Hi Doug – Great question! When it comes to no rotate/flip mattresses, I would go by how long you’ve had your mattress and how you feel in the morning. 7-8 years is towards the end of a mattresses lifespan (typically) but since you’re waking up with aches, that is another warning sign (even if you’ve gotten a little bit older). I suggest visiting your local mattress retailer and testing out some new beds to see if you feel more comfortable on a new mattress. Your mattress comes down to comfort and support. If you’re not feeling comfortable on your current mattress, you may need a new one because it’s not properly supporting you.

      – Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

  3. Here is a question for you. We purchased a brand new mattress from you guys a year ago, 6 months later I started to notice that I wake up more and more during the night, toss and turn, in 4 more months you can see indentations that won’t go away, it s getting worse and worse. We are almost at the warranty replacement but just not there yet. My back doesn’t care about warranty, I can’t sleep on my $2000 mattress that’s what I care about and nobody at Sleepy s wants to work with us about that problem. Any suggestions? I toss and turn less on the couch than I do on my expensive and supposely good mattress.

    • Hi Alena,
      I’m sorry to hear about your issue, but I am here to help you! While I’m not a customer service representative, I am going to forward your issue to the appropriate person and make sure that we can turn this negative into a positive. I see you have provided an email address, so I will have one of our experts from the Customer Care Team reach out to you personally to help you through this. Thanks for reaching out to me!
      – Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

      • Thank Emily for quick respond. I’m really hoping our issue can be resolved some how. I ll keep you posted.

        • You are very welcome! I’m glad to be here for you. One of our experts, Chanda, has reached out to you through email, so hopefully this will be fixed quickly.
          – Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

  4. Sleepy's Follow Up Response

    April 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Dear Alena,
    Our Snooze Director has forwarded your concern to our corporate office as she advised above.Sleepy’s number one goal is customer satisfaction. In order for us to assist you further please reach out to me at and include your invoice number and/or customer code and a telephone number with the best date and time to reach you. We look forward to working with you and resolving your complaint.

    • Haven’t heard from anybody yet. Is there a wait period?

      • I’m going to send you an email at the address you provided now Alena to further investigate this. Thanks for your patience!
        – Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

        • Emily, just wanted to update that Rosalyn contacted me and we set up a plan to resolve our issue. Thank you again for being on top of things.

          • I am thrilled to hear that Alena. You have my email address, so feel free to reach out to me anytime you may need something. We strive to provide the most excellent Customer Service at Sleepy’s and I hope we have met your expectations!
            – Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

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