Here’s how you really know you have an ugly mattress
How long does a mattress last?
Mattresses tend to wear out gradually, not suddenly. So it’s no surprise that ugly-mattress syndrome tends to sneak up people.
It’s a common scenario. You find yourself getting used to the sagging center, the discoloration, or any of the other unglamourous indicators that the mattress you’ve slept on for a decade has reached the end of its useful life. But then the neck and backaches start. You begin losing sleep and find yourself wondering what’s causing you to struggle to stay awake during the day.
Here are five indicators that your mattress needs replacing:
- It cries for help. If your mattress squeaks and creaks, it’s a sign that something may be loose or broken in the mattress or box spring. It’s hard to sink into deep sleep with a noisy mattress, and the creaking can wake you up in the middle of the night, too.
- You get that sinking feeling. If you can set something rigid on the bed, and it sinks more than an inch and a half, your mattress is sagging and needs to be replaced. Sometimes, a traditional coil-spring mattress can sag enough for sleepers to feel the coils through the mattress surface — which is obviously uncomfortable, but you’d be stunned to learn how many people sleep on those kinds of mattresses for years after the bed is worn out.
- Your back is telling you something. If you don’t usually have back problems, and they suddenly start, your mattress may be the culprit. Is your back sore in the morning but OK in the evening? There’s your sign.
- You refer to your mattress as an antique. You may think your decade-old mattress is still fine and as supportive as it’s always been. But like we say, mattresses deteriorate gradually, and it can be hard to tell when yours goes past the point where it needs replacing. No matter how good or expensive a mattress is, if it’s more than 10 years old, you ought to look at getting a new one — even if you’re not experiencing backaches or putting up with ominous squeaks at night. Plenty of times, people don’t realize how far they’ve let their mattresses go until they lie on a new one!
- One part doesn’t look like the others. Wear can cause discoloration, something you never want guests to see. (To help prevent such a problem, look into an absorbent and breathable mattress pad.)
Verlo Mattress Factory Stores uses local craftspeople working in local stores to custom-design and build mattresses and sleep sets to customers’ precise specifications — and we’ve been doing it for more than 50 years. We offer numerous lines of traditional coil-spring, gel foam and specialty foam mattresses that conform to the contours of their owners’ bodies but provide enough back and neck support to ensure comfortable sleep, and local construction means reasonable cost to the consumer. Ready for a new mattress? Stop by a store in your area or see www.verlo.com.