Should I buy a new bed? For many people, the answer to that question will be a resounding yes! Let’s be clear. What do we mean by a bed? A bed comprises two components, a frame (or base) and a mattress. Usually, although not exclusively, they are sold separately. A sturdy bed frame should last you many years and see out a number of different mattresses. It will be more common for you to replace your mattress. Below, we explain some of the main reasons you might want to buy a new bed.
1) Your Bed Frame Is Unsuitable
If your bed frame is damaged and no longer provides appropriate support for the mattress, it’s probably time to change it. It might also be that you have given your bedroom an overhaul by decorating, installing fitted units or making other changes that mean your bed frame, often the focal point of any bedroom, no longer blends in with the décor and needs to be changed.
2) Mattress No Longer Provides Proper Support
Obvious signs that your mattress needs replacing includes sagging, dents, unevenness, and coils you shouldn’t be able to feel but can. Don’t be fooled though, sometimes a mattress can be crying out for replacement but show no signs of wear and tear. Your mattress should be able to support your body and give you the best quality of sleep possible.
3) Mattress Isn’t Comfortable
We spend about a third of our day in bed, so if your mattress has become defective it’s likely robbing you of important, rejuvenating sleep. You are likely to wake up with aches and pains, especially in the back and the neck area and notice general stiffness. These are signs your mattress is no longer up to its job.
4) Poor Quality Sleep
Disturbed sleep, such as waking up often during the night and attempting to get comfortable by constantly shifting position, tossing and turning can all be caused by a worn mattress. One consequence of this could be that you feel tired during the day, which can carry serious consequences, particularly if you drive long distances or operate machinery. If you find that you enjoy a better quality of sleep outside your own bed, in a hotel, for example, changing your mattress will likely solve your problem.
5) Your Partner Can’t Sleep
As mattresses get older, they lose their ability to properly cope with motion transfer and become unable to properly support two people. This means that not only is your own sleep going to be disturbed, but that of your partner as well. If you both wake up irritable and tired on a regular basis, this can soon lead to further problems, such as relationship troubles, so you need to replace your mattress before things get to that stage.
6) Health Implications of Sleeping on an Old Mattress
Are you worried about the health implications of sleeping on an old mattress? And so you should be, particularly if you suffer from asthma or other allergies. Even a well-cared for mattress over-time gathers dirt and dust. A typical mattress can harbour between 100,000 and 10 million mites, just 2 micrograms per gram of dust mites can cause hypersensitivity in asthma sufferers and 10 micrograms per gram can pose a serious risk to health. A correlation between the age and condition of mattresses and other problems, such as recurring colds, flu, depression and heart disease has also been noted by scientists. If you are suffering from health problems, a new mattress should provide a new start and you may experience an improvement in your condition.
7) You Have Changed
Have you lost weight, gained weight, developed a medical condition or suffering from a persistent injury? If so, you may need to change your mattress. If you suffer from back problems, remember, the old saying regarding a bad back requiring a hard mattress. This has been discredited, with experts now recommending a medium to firm mattress.
The best mattress for you is the one you feel most comfortable on, so be sure to test a mattress before purchasing it. The Better Sleep Council advocates you must spend at least 15 minutes relaxing on the mattress before you can make a proper assessment. For further help and to also see our range of beds with mattresses, get in touch today!