Buying a Mattress — Is It Time Yet?

Thinking about buying a mattress? Is it the right time now or should you wait until the year-end clearance sales? How do you know for certain? Here is a checklist to determine if you need to consider buying a new mattress now or if you can put it off.

Do you wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed?

Yes, there may be other reasons for this besides a worn-out mattress, but it’s still evident that you are not getting deep, restful sleep.

One of the main reasons people can’t get good solid sleep is discomfort during the night. Trying to find a comfortable spot on a too-hard, too-soft, lumpy or sagging mattress — even if you never wake up during the process — can cause this side effect. So don’t ignore the morning blahs. If buying a mattress allows you to wake up feeling rested and refreshed, it’s worth every penny. Consider it priceless!

Do you experience muscular aches and pains and/or stiffness when you get out of bed in the morning?

Sleeping on a mattress without proper support is a major cause of this morning suffering. As we get older, we tend to assume that waking up stiff and sore is just another sign of aging we have to put up with. Not so! Your mattress could be what’s really aging, and bringing you down right along with it. If a new bed saves you money on medical or chiropractic bills, it can pay for itself in a couple of weeks!

Maybe when you were a younger, you could sleep on the same mattress for 15 years, but those days are gone if you’re over 40 (see above).

Your mattress buying guide encourages you to respect your body.

Do you experience any numbness or tingling in your legs or arms when you wake up in the morning or during the night?

Do your limbs have a tendency to “fall asleep” after you lie down in bed for a while and you have to move them around wildly to “wake them up?” This happens because of poor blood circulation due to compression of key capillaries in your body. It CAN be caused by a mattress that is either worn out or too soft. If it’s not providing you with the support your body needs, saying goodbye to that old bed makes sense, doesn’t it?

Do you sleep better away from home than you do in your own bedroom?

Now, it could be that when you’re away from home your dogs and cats aren’t hogging your bed, pushing you into a hard little corner while they stretch out in luxurious comfort. Or maybe being in a posh hotel in different city just agrees with you. But I bet it’s really your mattress. Especially if, as soon as you spend a night in your own bed, that old sore and tired feeling comes back. A new mattress might be the answer and will save you big bucks on hotel bills.

Are you over the age of 45?

If so, your needs have changed. You are no longer at the “anything goes” age where you throw a couple of couch cushions on the floor and you’re fine for the night. If you haven’t bought a mattress recently, this is an excellent time to finally give yourself the gift of a comfortable and healthy sleeping surface.

Have you put on some weight recently?

You may have the best intentions in the world of losing those excess pounds, but it’s going to take a while, and meanwhile you deserve better support. And don’t worry, if you do lose weight, you still deserve the best mattress.

Are there any noticeable slopes or gradients? Sagging in the middle?

When you lie on the edge, do you have a tendency to roll towards the center? These can all be very subtle effects, hardly noticeable to the eye but insulting to the body. Most modern mattresses have such thick padding and coverings that wear and tear is pretty well hidden unless it gets really severe. But you don’t want to wait that long before buying a mattress!

Is your mattress older than six or seven years?

A mattress ages on the inside, so even if it looks and smells great, things are happening within its hidden depths that are not beneficial to your body’s health and comfort.

And it’s also quite possible that your present mattress was purchased mainly to save money — which is fine, but cheap mattresses do not last as long as the better quality ones. They just don’t have the infrastructure to support long term wear.

If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions, it’s time to seriously consider making that purchase to better support your body and your health. I suggest you head over to the How to Buy a Mattress article and get started!

To find out how the best mattresses are constructed, try this article
If you have back pain or some other musculoskeletal condition, be sure to check out the articles on what is the best mattress for back pain and other conditons.

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