You’ve had a long and exhausting day, ate nutritious food, put on your favorite pair of comfy pajamas, and banished your phone and other blue-light emitting screens from your bedroom – just like experts say to do for a good night’s sleep. But you’re still left in the morning feeling un-rested.
Have you thought to check your mattress? If not, now may be a good time to do so.
The life-span of your mattress varies wildly, depending on factors such as how old it is, how well you take care of it, how you sleep on it, and other unavoidable factors.
Know When Its Time to Replace Your Old Mattress
If you notice any of the following, then it may be time to replace your mattress:
Your Mattress Age
If your mattress is over 7-10 years old, it may be time to replace it. The lifespan of your mattress can vary by manufacturer, mattress type, whether you sleep alone or with a partner, and how you sleep.
Mattresses were not designed to last forever, and excessive wear and tear will age your mattress faster. Inferior products don’t last as long, yet even the highest-quality mattress has a maximum lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. If your mattress is old, sagging or sinking, that’s the first sign you may need a new one.
If you aren’t sure how old your mattress is, pull off your bed sheets and check the tag. All mattresses are required by law to have one. The tag may also have the date your mattress was made. Check underneath the registry number on the bottom of the tag. The month and year the mattress was approved to be sold should be there.
Aches and Pains
A good mattress usually means a happy body.
Ideally, if you’re sleeping on the right material and getting the right amount of sleep, you should wake up every morning feeling refreshed.
You shouldn’t be left tossing and turning every night in order to get to sleep and you should wake up free of discomfort.
Bad mattresses that leave you in pain is most likely not giving you the support you need while you sleep and could indicate that its time for an upgrade.
Allergies or Asthma
If it’s not allergy season and there’s no alternate explanation for your symptoms, your mattress might be to blame. Slate interviewed an expert on dust mites that said your mattress is a “crime scene in terms of how it gets inoculated with [dust] mites” over time.
The protein in dust mite feces may cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks and so can the dust that lies in your mattress. To ease your symptoms, try vacuuming or steaming your mattress first.. If this doesn’t seem to work, a new mattress might be the solution.
Find The Best Mattress Disposal Near You
If you have decided that it’s time to replace your mattress, you have some options to consider.
We’ve all seen mattresses that have been improperly disposed of. Mattresses don’t belong on the side of the road or in the middle of a field/lot.
Aside from being an eyesore, illegal dumping mattresses wreaks havoc on the environment as many mattresses have flame retardants and other toxic chemicals in them that can end up in the soil and groundwater supply.
Your mattress did a good job for you for many years and now it’s your turn to take care of it. It’s important that you choose to dispose of your mattress in a safe and responsible way.
Plus, up to 80% of used mattress components can be recycled.
If you have the means and prefer to haul your mattress to a nearby facility, you can use Bye Bye Mattresses Facility Locator to find a local recycling center in California.