If you haven’t been sleeping well lately, you might have begun to notice the ominous signs of an aging mattress. You might be waking more often through the night, rising in the morning with a sore body, or you might have noticed unsightly and uncomfortable lumps appearing.

Regardless of your mattress type, it’s fairly safe to say you’re going to need to replace it once it’s seen the better part of a decade. There’s no hard and fast rule to follow, but there are some distinct signs that tell you when it’s time for a new one—and when it’s time to invest in a better night’s sleep.

You’re waking up tired

Waking up tired is one of the most important signs that it’s time to buy a new mattress. It’s inevitable that if you’re restless and uncomfortable enough to toss and turn during the night, you’re interrupting the normal stages of your sleep, which results in a much poorer quality sleep—if you’re getting any at all—and you’ll feel tired throughout the day.

But waking up tired is also significant another reason: you could be suffering from problems like snoring and sleep apnoea.

Many people don’t know that good mattress and pillow support is essential for supporting your neck and spine to keep your airways open, and an aging mattress can cause or exacerbate snoring and sleep apnoea, particularly in people with high body weight or existing breathing issues.

These conditions reduce the amount of oxygen you get throughout the night, leading to fatigue, headaches, and poor concentration. If you or your partner have noticed an onset or worsening of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to consider investing in a new mattress.

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You might be surprised to find that you feel a whole lot fresher in the mornings.

You can feel lumps

If your mattress feels saggy or lumpy, or it’s visibly misshapen, it’s time to say goodbye to it. Because you use your mattress for a significant portion of every day, it’s inevitable that over time the components inside it age and deteriorate under constant pressure, and you should start looking for a replacement.

Lumpiness and lopsidedness occur when the supportive materials inside your mattress are worn or shifted from holding up against your body weight, particularly in high-pressure zones where your hips and shoulders rest.

 

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When you no longer feel comfortable on your mattress, it’s past its use-by date, and you’ll start waking up tired from the lack of support—or even sore where the uneven density has caused pressure points on your body.

It might also be important to consider whether your mattress was the right type for your body in the first place: if it seems to have failed prematurely, it’s probably worth your time to look at finding mattresses that are designed using new technology, and have a better chance of helping you get a good night’s sleep.

 

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You’re sneezing

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There are a few less obvious indicators of when to upgrade your mattress, but they’re very important for your health. Over time, it’s natural that your mattress will collect microscopic organisms like dust mites.

While you can’t see them, you’ll certainly notice their effect on your sinuses and immune system, so if you’re sneezing and itching more than usual in your bedroom, it’s probably an indication that it’s time to invest in a fresh mattress—and preferably one crafted from hypoallergenic materials like latex and memory foam to reduce the chances of infestations and your exposure to allergens.

When you’re an allergy sufferer, it’s also a good idea to invest in mattresses that can be turned, or mattresses with removable toppers that can be washed.

Rotating your mattress and regularly washing the components that are most exposed to your body’s natural flora reduces the opportunity for bacteria, viruses and parasites to gather—which helps you to breathe easier while you sleep more comfortably.

You’re waking up sore

If you’re suffering worse back pain than usual, or you’re waking up with diffuse aches and pains throughout your body.

There’s a very good chance your mattress is due to be replaced.

When the integrity of your mattress is compromised by its age and years of use.

It can no longer deliver the support you need to keep your spine aligned while you sleep.

 

 

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Over time, your mattress’s springs and foams deteriorate, and they can no longer maintain a comfortable pressure against your body weight, leading to you sleep in all sorts of curled up and strenuous positions.

If you’re waking up stiff and sore—especially if you didn’t go to sleep that way—your mattress is either on its last legs, or it’s not right for you.

It’s a good idea to listen to your body: poor sleep will infiltrate your waking hours, but a new mattress is an easy fix for it.

 

You haven’t had a new one for a long time

Your mattress doesn’t come with a fixed expiry date. But it’s probably the most used furniture item in your life, so even if it seems like you only just bought a new one, there’s a good chance that it’s showing signs of a respectable mileage.

The average lifespan of a decent mattress is about a decade, but this is affected by many factors, including whether the mattress was right for you in the first place.

If yours wasn’t supportive enough for your body weight, or it was designed for people who sleep in a different position than you do, you’ll start to feel discomfort earlier from premature wear or incorrect support for your body.

And, unfortunately, you need to change your mattress more often as you get older, and you develop age-related complaints like joint and back pain. But there’s an even better reason to buy a new mattress if you haven’t had one in a while: getting a good night’s sleep using new technology.

Galligans’ Executive Mattress range uses the latest in premium materials, including Dunlop Fusion Gel enhanced memory foam, and features individually pocketed spring units and fully removable pillow tops.

Setting them among the market’s most technologically advanced and supportive mattresses.

Adelaide customers can use our mattress products as a guide for a good night’s sleep, or contact our friendly staff for professional support in choosing the right mattress.

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