From its immune system to proper hormonal balance, memory or emotional health, the body requires an abundant amount of comfortable sleep to function well.
However, most people pay little attention to the elements that make for a great sleeping environment, most important of all being their mattress. Although there’s a rule of the thumb that mattresses should be replaced every eight years, it can vary depending on the condition.
Ankit Garg, co-founder and CEO, Wakefit.co, and Devrath Vijay, founder of the functional training studio, The Outfit, provide significant pointers to help you identify a mattress nearing the end of its lifespan:
A sudden squeak, an unfamiliar groan or a sustained creak as you heave yourself up from your bed are nothing but the notes of your mattress’s swansong. This is especially true in the case of spring mattresses.
Since they are metal structures, they have their limitations and they will not regain their full shape after a few years. A rubbing sound might mean that your mattress is settling too much, when you first lie on it. Visible worn-out spots or sagging and bunched-up areas are also visual reminders that it’s time to part ways with your mattress.
Feel the fall
The gradual depreciation of a mattress’s quality is most evident in the way its surface feels. Just run your hand slowly over your mattress, and if you are able to feel lumps, sagged edges or sudden hard areas, then, you should definitely consider replacing your mattress.
If you are a sound sleeper generally, but have been tossing and turning in bed more often now, then, you need to change it. Waking up sore and tired, experiencing muscle pain and feeling weak in certain parts of your body like the lower back region are all signs you need to take things seriously.
Seven years or more
Even if you have been one of the most careful mattress users who has taken good mattress hygiene and have not yet had a problem with your sleep, it’s definitely advisable to inspect your mattress for any damages. Being one of those products which can deteriorate without its users being aware, experts suggest that mattresses should ideally be replaced every 7-10 years, before the faults start robbing you off your hard-earned sleep.