A. When was the last time you thought about your bed? Many of us forget that our beds are the most utilised piece of furniture we own. In fact, if you sleep 8 hours a night, in 1 year you'll rack up 3,000 hours on your mattress. After 10 years, you'll have logged 30,000 hours on the same bed. Listed below are a few hints that indicate it's time to start thinking about renewing your sleep surface.
- You bought your current bed over ten years ago.
The average life span of a quality mattress is approximately ten years. Mattresses older than that suffer from deteriorating comfort layers and diminished support capabilities.
- You wake up feeling more tired than when you went to sleep.
Many of those wait too long to replace our beds. If you don't wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, or if you feel any pain or discomfort, you've definitely waited too long.
- The couch feels more comfortable than your bed.
Concentrate on the feel of your bed. Do you feel coils or bumps? Your body needs a smooth comfortable sleep surface to get a regenerative night's sleep. Your bed should enable you to sleep through the night with minimal tossing and turning.
- Your bed looks worn and uneven.
Inspect your bed regularly for sags and imprints. If your mattress appears uneven, worn or frayed, maybe its time to start shopping. The upholstery layers in all mattresses compress over time. For optimal performance, be sure to rotate your mattress to extend its durability and renew its comfort. If you 'inherited' your bed from a family member or friend, chances are you need to replace it.
- You've taken your mattress for granted.
Mattresses are the most used yet most ignored piece of furniture in the house. Pay attention to your mattress. Do you hear creaks? Do you notice the surface sags or indents in certain areas and not in others? The condition of your mattress may come as a surprise, once you take a closer look.