Signs of a bad mattress
A worn mattress tends to sag in the centre. When you lie down, you’ll feel dents in your hip and back areas.
You may also wake up with lower back pain or stiff muscles. It is likely that your mattress no longer provides enough support to keep your spine aligned. A good mattress should help maintain healthy alignment of the spine by keeping it in a relatively straight, natural line. When your mattress ages, the material will sag and you’ll sink in more deeply, which misaligns your spine. If you’re feeling this so-called hammock effect, then it’s time to change your mattress to avoid pains and sleepless nights.
Another sign of a bad mattress is visible distortion. To find out if your mattress has lost its shape, you can use a measuring tape to check for visible sagging areas.
Older mattresses also cause more severe allergies. Dust, dust mites, pollen, and mould accumulate in your mattress over the years, and this is more pronounced in older mattresses. As a result, you may experience itchy eyes, rashes, and even difficulty breathing. Even if you have a mattress that’s specifically designed for allergy sufferers, you’ll risk reacting if the mattress is too old.
Why and when should you change your mattress?
A new mattress can do wonders for your sleep. A high-quality mattress will be comfortable to lie on but firm enough to support your body, keep your spine straight, and release pressure points. You’ll get a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
If you’ve noticed any of the previously mentioned signs of a bad mattress, then it may be time to invest in a new one. Also, pay attention to the following:
- Do you feel the springs of your spring mattress?
- Do you feel the slats of your box spring?
- Does your mattress contain bumps and dents?
- Is your mattress squeaky?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then your mattress (and possibly box spring) are worn out.
Need another way of telling if it’s your box spring? Press down on a part of the box spring that is normally under pressure (like where your hips or shoulders lie). Then press down on another part that is usually under less pressure (like where your feet are). If there is a difference in flexibility and resistance, then you need to change your box spring.
Can a bad mattress cause sciatica?
Sciatica is very painful. You’ll experience tingling and numbness on the side or back of your legs, which moves down the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the feet.
Sleeping on the wrong mattress can worsen the symptoms of sciatica but it cannot in and of itself cause sciatica.
What to pay attention to when buying a new mattress
Buying a new mattress is not an easy task. Before making a choice, we strongly advise that you consider your needs, sleeping preferences, and your budget. Not all mattresses are created equal, and mattresses of different materials will have vastly different properties.
One of the most important aspects when buying a new mattress is your budget. The price of a mattress can vary greatly, and a high-quality mattress can be a costly investment. The price of a mattress will depend on the brand, materials it is made of, and the size of the mattress. But if you’re sleeping on a bad mattress, then you have to make that investment. We can help you choose the right mattress. You can also read all our mattress reviews, where we feature the best mattresses available online.
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