The bed is without a doubt the most important piece of furniture in a house; in fact, we could go as far as saying that a whole house’s main purpose is to hold the bed you rest in after a busy, tiresome day. In today’s society, you cannot get ahead unless you’re always on the move, multitasking and taking on multiple chores at a time; all that, if you also want to have some spare time for your hobbies and passions, and the general pursuit of happiness. So, after all is said and done, there remains quite little time for rest and actual sleep; in fact, it has been suggested by specialists that the great majority of people on the planet suffer from some kind of sleep disorder.
This may be linked to stress, too much work, illness (either physical or mental), and the various forms of insomnia, more or less severe. For a proper diagnosis however, you need to go to a specialist, and take medication or undergo some sleep therapy; yet if you feel like your sleep disorders are mild and could be fixed with just a few lifestyle adjustments, we recommend trying to switch to a new mattress. But before we tell you why a mattress should be changed from time to time, other things you can do to make sure your sleep is unencumbered is to eliminate even the smallest noises during the night, get good, heavy drapes or curtains on the bedroom windows, and eliminate all sources of light while sleeping, for even the receiver signal from the TV can disturb sleep.
As for the mattress itself, any retail salesman today will tell you that the best mattress will last you a lifetime; most of the times they are correct, but as enticing as such as promise may sound, it hides a secret face of disadvantages. The most important one is the health risk factors that increase as your mattress gets older. Even if you air and turn it over once or twice a year, a mattress will still collect dust mites, can grow mold and fungus, and even other air contaminants that may lead to asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems.
The second main reason you should change your mattress is because, whether it is an innerspring or memory foam type, after years of use, its original shape gets deformed by your body. Even the best mattress has a limited life span, so you shouldn’t insist on keeping it. This is invariable whether you bought a high quality, expensive mattress, or an average one; moreover, even your body changes shape, or you may change sleeping positions over time, so your initial mattress will not feel comfortable although it seems in perfect shape. As you can see, there are plenty reasons for you to change your mattress, at least every 10-15 years.