Do You Need a New Mattress

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How do you know it’s time to buy a new mattress? There are a couple of things to think about.

One, how do you feel when you wake up? Two, what does your mattress look like when you observe its surface?

And finally, how long has it been since you bought a new one?

These are all the questions I’m going to address in this article. This is based on my own experience as well as advice from experts.

king sized bed with mattress in guest room

Time to buy a new mattress

One of the reasons that I’m writing this article now is because May is a great time to buy a new mattress. It turns out that Memorial Day weekend is when you should be aware that you can find a good price on them. 

You see, manufacturers release new “models” in June. So, they’ll be looking to clear out the older models by marking down prices. 

Who knew there were mattress “models”?

How long since you’ve replaced your mattress

Let’s start with the third question first. And that is, when was the last time you bought a new one? Or how long has it been since you got a new one?

If you can’t remember, then I can say with confidence that it’s time. 

At one point my husband and I realized that 20 years had come and gone with us sleeping on the same mattress.

moving a rolled up mattress

Most experts agree that the average mattress lasts between seven to 10 years. Obviously, we were long overdue for a new one.

What does your mattress look like

Take off all the blankets and sheets from your bed, and give it a good look. Are there dents and divots where you sleep? Or, is there a bump in the center, like the middle seat in the backseat of a car?

These are all signs that you need a new mattress. Here are additional things to look for that show it’s time for a new one. These are courtesy of Raymour & Flanigan:

  • Lumps forming in padding
  • Allergies worsening
  • Taking longer to fall asleep
  • Waking up frequently during the night
  • Morning back pain

How do you feel when you wake up

Besides realizing how long it had been since we bought a new one, it was morning back pain that tipped my husband and me off that it was time to go mattress shopping.

That and the fact that we were waking up feeling like we hadn’t gotten a good night’s sleep. This despite going to bed at a decent hour and allowing for seven to eight hours of sleep.

Now, of course menopause makes me hot at night all the time. However, even accounting for those factors, my sleep was suffering. 

Where to buy a new mattress

These days there are many ways to shop for this essential sleep aid. One, you can buy a mattress in a box and have it shipped to you.

This is what we did with our Tuft and Needle mattress from Amazon. We slept on that one while living in New Jersey and then Western Pennsylvania.

Here are tips for putting a rug under your bed.

You can also buy one in a box at Costco. I snapped this picture at my local Costco to show the different brands you can get there. They include Casper, Simmons and Tempurpedic.

Or, two, you can buy from a traditional retailer like Mattress Firm or Raymour and Flanigan. The benefit of this option is you can try them out before buying them.

Final thoughts on buying a new mattress

So, to recap, you know it’s time to replace your mattress if it’s been more than 10 years since you bought it. Also, if you’re waking up feeling unwell (sore, tired, etc.), you may need a new one.

Finally, if your mattress’ appearance has changed–lumps, divots, worn spots, etc.–then it’s definitely time to go shopping.

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