We spend much of our time and energy each day trying to find that special something extra that helps our body feel that little bit better. Pilates, yoga, exercise, stretching, lumbar supports, pillows …the list goes on. Yet, with up to one third of our lives spent in bed, it is seemingly so easy for us to ignore what could be the most important, our mattress.
We generally recommend that you replace your mattress every 10-12 years. This obviously depends largely on the type of mattress and the care taken with it, such as turning and rotating it. There are some obvious signs that your mattress may need replacing. Peaks and dips in the contour, lumps and bumps between the springs or even waking up feeling fatigued or stiff could all indicate that it may be time to move on.
Could it be your mattress?
A simple “hardness” test could also provide some hints as to the quality of your mattress.
- Laying on your back, slide your hand under the small of your back. If it’s very easy to do so and your hips and shoulders are uncomfortable, your mattress is probably too hard. If there’s no space between your back and the bed, it’s probably too soft.
- Lying on one side, try to roll over. If it’s a lot of effort, your bed is probably too soft; if it’s uncomfortable for your hips and shoulders, it’s probably too hard
Unfortunately there is no science to picking a new mattress other than trying it out. It’s up to you to decide what feels comfortable and what is in your price range. Our advice is to try as many out as you can. With each option:
- Lie down for 5-10 minutes. You might get some strange looks but if you are going to spend the money you want to make sure you are comfortable.
- Try a number of sleeping positions.
- If the bed is for two people, go together and make sure it is suitable for both of you.
- Try the hardness test (above)
- Test the mattress on the type of base you plan to use it on
There are a wide variety of options out there and whilst the prices may be enough to scare you away, if you are looking at keeping it for ten years (of which you will spend up to three and a half years in it sleeping!), it may be justified.