A question I get asked often by patients - When do I need to change my mattress? So, here is a written guide to help you make the decision and how to choose the right mattress for you.
If you notice that you are waking up with aches and pains - it is definitely time to upgrade to a new mattress! Keep reading to make sure you choose the right one.
The first thing to consider is the age of your mattress. Often the longevity of your mattress is normally dependent on the quality of the mattress you have paid for. Most mattresses will start to show signs of ageing in five - seven years.
Sagging spots or dips in a mattress may be one of the first signs of an ageing mattress. Sagging and dips can result in less support for the spine and the rest of the body, therefore people tense their muscles to compensate for the uneven surface and lack of support.
So, if you are waking up with aches, pains, stiffness and tension it’s more than likely time to replace your mattress.
"Most mattresses will start to show signs of ageing in five - seven years."
CHOOSING A NEW MATTRESS
When choosing a new mattress, the most important thing to consider is the level of firmness. While most people may prefer a soft mattress, they may not always be the best choice for you. Mattresses will soften over time naturally so try not to pick one that already feels soft. Medium-firm mattresses are shown to be more supportive and last longer. Research shows that medium-firm mattresses can reduce back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain and ease stiffness. Reducing these factors will enhance and improve sleep quality.
Keeping a neutral posture is important when choosing a new mattress. Ideally your spine should be in a natural position as much as possible. If you’re a side sleeper, then it’s also important to choose the right pillow to keep the spine in neutral position. To read more about a supportive pillow click here.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR NEW MATTRESS
Turning your mattress every 3-4 months to prevent dips and deep body indentations over time. If your new mattress has a pillow top avoid flipping your mattress, rotation or turning your mattress is the only way to look after your mattress.
With mattresses it’s always important to keep them clean and hygienic so using a mattress protector is key to prevent sweat, moisture and dead skin cells. Without a mattress protector, over time bacteria and mould may build up deep beneath the surface which can effect the quality of the mattress long-term. When changing sheets, air out your mattress and allow sunlight into the bedroom for a few hours to keep it clean and dry.
Ensuring the base of the bed is supportive will also ensure the longevity of your mattress. Uneven or ageing slats will age your new mattress much faster, so replacing old slats is a must with a new mattress.
Please note, every individual may have specific needs and you should seek advice from your chiropractor.
For more information or advice specific for you, contact our clinic.