While it is often hidden under sheets and a comforter, your mattress receives nightly wear and tear. Most people will spend at least 2,555 hours in bed every year (averaging 7 hours per night). If you multiple that by 7 years, you will spend 17,885 hours in bed. Over the years, this constant use will break down the foams and support system, leading you to not get a good night’s sleep.
Here are some common signs that it is time to replace your mattress:
Waking up Tired or Sore
Do you often wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep? Or is your body stiff or sore in the morning? These are signs that your mattress is no longer providing the support your body needs to fully relax and rest all night. When your mattress stops providing comfort and support, you will toss and turn more often leading to a poor night’s sleep.
Worn, Saggy or Lumpy Mattress
Next time you are changing your sheets, inspect your mattress. If your mattress looks worn, lumpy or has visible sags in the mattress, it is most likely time to replace it.
You’ve Resorted to Sleeping on the Couch or Recliner
Whether you want to sleep sitting up or you find the couch more comfortable than your bed, this is a sure sign that you need to go mattress shopping. Many people who prefer sleeping in a recliner might benefit from an adjustable bed where they can benefit from the support of a mattress while sleeping slightly upright.
You don’t remember the last time you bought a mattress
If your mattress is 7 years or older, then a new mattress will likely improve your sleep. Technology advances have changed the foams and support used in today’s mattresses. Plus, your body has most likely changed within that time. If you have gained or lost weight, started having health issues or even gotten married, it is time to purchase a new mattress.
Your Partner Isn’t Sleeping
If your partner is tossing and turning all night, there is a good chance your mattress isn’t providing adequate support. Plus, a partner who is tossing and turning all night can interrupt your sleep if your mattress no longer reduces motion transfer.
5 BENEFITS OF NOT SLEEPING FLAT
Adjustable bases have gained major popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Today’s adjustable bases are attractive and well designed, boasting stylish upholstery, state-of-the-art technology and bonus features like USB ports, wireless remote and full-body massage — plus they offer of lifestyle and health benefits that anyone can enjoy.
Adjustable beds allow the user to achieve “zero gravity,” a semi-seated position where the feet are raised to the same level as the heart. This position mimics the posture astronauts assume during take-off and is said to create a feeling of weightlessness, easing pressure on the back and spine and temporarily relieving back pain.
If you or your partner snores, you know how dramatically this condition can impact your quality of sleep. Not only does the noise keep you awake, but the snorer often wakes himself up, too. By lifting the head of the mattress five to ten degrees, you can help banish this common sleep-snatcher.
An elevated head and torso can help you avoid the stinging pain of heartburn, which occurs when acid from the stomach moves it way into the esophagus. Heartburn sufferers often stack pillows behind their head for relief, but an adjustable bed offers a far comfier, ergonomically friendly alternative.
Raising the feet slightly above the heart allows blood to pump more freely throughout the body, improving circulation and reducing swelling. For those who suffer from edema, or swelling of the limbs, the ability to quickly and comfortably raise the foot of the bed is one of the most valuable features of an adjustable base.
Those with respiratory difficulties such as asthma or allergies may benefit from the breath-boosting powers of an adjustable base. Elevating the torso at a slight angle takes pressure off the lungs and airway and may make it easier to take fuller, more relaxed breaths.