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