The second entry in our five-part series aimed at helping you identify when it’s time to get a new mattress deals with its ins and outs, but we aren’t talking about details.
For the first post in this series, click here:
When is it Time to Replace Your Mattress? – Part I: It’s too Old!
Tip #2. It’s Difficult to Move in Bed
Unless your idea of a dream bed is a free-form bean bag chair, people generally expect their mattress to be solid enough to effortlessly climb in and out of, while being comfortable enough for relaxing sleep. But as previously stated, we are on our mattresses day in and day out, making it hard to notice any discernible changes between last night, tonight and tomorrow. However, most people have that Ah-Ha! moment when they think back to how something was when they first got it, compared to the experience of using it now. One of these moments can be realizing that you’re having trouble getting out of bed, moving freely in bed, or you wind up in the same spot every night, unintentionally. These are all signs that your mattress isn’t performing the way it should.
Areas of a mattress that have to support our bodies will receive a greater amount of wear than lightly or unused areas. This targeted load stresses areas more than others and, in turn, causes them to lose support and fail more quickly. This can be a particularly troublesome issue for people who have smaller beds where they can’t spread out as much, or for individuals who share a bed. You may enjoy sleeping close to your partner, but you probably don’t want your broken-down bed piling you on top of each other. Another warning sign is the transfer of movement. If even the slightest adjustment is enough to disturb your partner, your mattress is losing its resiliency. A solid, quality mattress shouldn’t send shockwaves through the bed when you roll over.
Areas of constant use will eventually lose their resiliency and become softer, sagging areas. This inability to hold up to pressure means the support you need to turn, prop yourself up, or just get out of bed is not there. The lesser-used areas will remain resilient, making the worn areas progressively worse as you are pushed into the weakened section that provides the least resistance to your body weight. In the most extreme situations, a mattress can potentially force you into the same sleeping position every night, whether or not it’s supportive or even comfortable. The inability to sleep in your most comfortable position can lead to pressure points, poor circulation, or the inability to fall asleep. When you start to notice the effort spent getting out of your bed mirroring your morning workout routine, it’s time to put a little extra effort into finding a new mattress.
For the next posts in our series, click here:
When is it Time to Replace Your Mattress? – Part III: Trust Your Eyes
When is it Time to Replace Your Mattress? – Part IV: Allergies
When is it Time to Replace Your Mattress? – Part V: You’re Uncomfortable