Aaaah! My bed. A place where I feel safe and secure, warm and comfortable. I can honestly say that if I was asked, I would class sleep as one of my hobbies, and my bed would be in my top five places in the whole world. And, I think this is due in no small part to the fact that I changed my mattress last year for a new one after more than 10 years of using the old one. I think it was not a day too soon.
Some people are very reluctant to change their mattress. They feel that it has become molded for their body and so this ensures they get a good night’s sleep. They love the familiarity of their old mattress, and worry they would not be as comfortable, and therefore sleep as well with a new model, particularly if you feel you will have to break a new one in – a bit like a pair of shoes. I have even heard people who didn’t want to change their mattress because of the trouble it would take to get it down the stairs and to get the new one up again. Thankfully, this at least can be addressed if you are tight for space with Rolled mattresses – one which is vacuum packed in order to get it up the stairs, it can then be rolled out as a normal mattress.
So, why should you be changing your mattress and how often? It has been suggested that, on average, your mattress should be changed every eight years. However, if you suddenly find you are not getting a good night’s sleep, or wake up feeling stiff and achy, then you may need to change it sooner. You also need to look at the state of the mattress – any rips, exposed springs, or odd dips in the middle (or anywhere else for that matter) may mean your mattress has come to the end of it’s days.
And then, of course, we have the bed bugs. We spend so much time in our beds, losing hair, dry skin, dead cells and these can all be absorbed by our mattress. If you think about it, we change our sheets regularly, but the mattress stays the same and is not washed (Febreeze doesn’t count!). Bed bugs and germs can all be there, unseen, and so it makes sense to change your mattress as suggested.
Ultimately, a good night’s sleep helps improve the quality of our life, improving our moods and productively. So if you are not sleeping as well as you could be, it might just be worth changing your mattress.