You’ve probably heard that old cliché about how every mattress should be retired after seven years, right? Well, that’s not entirely true. While there may certainly be some mattresses that need replacing at the seven-year mark, others may need replacement after four, five, or even 10 years! It all depends on the condition of the mattress, the patterns of use, and the quality/durability of the materials.

Though there is no hard and fast formula for determining when a mattress needs replacing, there are a number of signs and red flags you can look for – signs that indicate a mattress is on its last leg. Do you have a feeling that your Vancouver mattress has seen better days? Here are the signs you should be looking out for:

  1. It’s lumpy. Lumps indicate that the stuffing or padding inside your mattress has shifted. While this might seem like a minor inconvenience, the truth is that it can greatly impact your ability to get a good night’s sleep. After all, that padding was placed extremely thoughtfully in order to provide the most support and comfort possible. Once that padding changes, the overall effectiveness of the mattress shifts, too. It can mean discomfort, aches, pains, stiffness, numbness, or even pins and needles while you sleep.
  2. There are big indentations or dips. Rotating and flipping your mattress can only take you so far. After a few years, dips and indentations from your body will inevitably start to show. While at first these won’t affect your mattress’ ability that much, over time, they will slowly but surely start to impact your sleeping patterns. You’ll start by being unable to get comfortable. Then you’ll find yourself tossing, turning, and waking multiple times in the night. Finally, you’ll have cricks in your neck or joint pain from sleeping at awkward angles.
  3. You toss and turn a lot. Tossing and turning is never a good sign. If you’re finding yourself waking up often or readjusting your position throughout the night, it means you’re uncomfortable. Maybe the mattress has lost some of its support, maybe the padding has thinned, or maybe there’s some other issue. Regardless of the problem, it’s time to get a replacement, before your sleeping issues worsen.
  4. You’re getting sick often. Mattresses, like any fabric, hold in dirt, dust, allergens, and bacteria. Unfortunately, you can’t just throw them in the washer like you can a T-shirt. That means, over time, mattresses can acquire quite a bit of nasty stuff. If you’re not careful to vacuum out the fabrics on a regular basis, it could lead to allergies, colds, and other sicknesses. And once that starts to happen, all hope is lost. You’ll want to replace your mattress as soon as possible.
  5. You wake up with aches and pains. Waking up more uncomfortable than when you went to sleep is a major red flag. It means something is amiss with your mattress, and it’s no longer doing its job to support your body. You want a mattress that fully supports your spine, back, arms, and legs, and encourages good circulation the whole night through. If your mattress is no longer doing that, it’s time to move on.

If you’ve spotted any of these red flags, it may be time to replace that Vancouver mattress of yours. Come by a Parklane Mattresses Location near you, and our experts can help you find an appropriate replacement mattress today. We’ll take into consideration your budget, your sleeping style, and any other factors that are important to you. Come in today to get started.