With most products, it's fairly obvious when a replacement is needed. If it no longer works or has signs of wear and tear that impair its ability, you know its time for a new one. However, realizing that it is time for a new mattress and foundation isnât always so obvious. Similar to your favorite old chair or worn pair of shoes, your mattress can still feel comfortable long after it has lost its ability to provide your body with the proper support and comfort it needs. Because sleep is so critical to our ability to function and feel our best, it is important to evaluate your sleep set on a regular basis.
Signs That You May Need a New Mattress & Foundation (Boxspring):
You wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains. You had a better night's sleep somewhere other than your own bed (such as a hotel).
Your mattress shows visible signs of overuse (it sags, has lumps, the interior is exposed, etc.)
Your mattress is 5 to 7 years old.
How long a mattress will last depends on several factors, such as amount of use and original quality, but in general, a mattress set that has been in use 5-7 years is no longer providing you with the best comfort and support. Keep in mind that people's bodies change over time, and the need for good comfort and support only increases with age. That's why it's a good idea to compare the mattress and foundation you are sleeping on now to newer models every few years.
A good night's sleep, just like proper diet and exercise, is essential to your mental, emotional and physical health. Yet many people just do not get the seven to eight hours of sleep each night recommended by sleep experts. It doesn't have to be this way.
Better sleep can be as simple as sleeping on a better mattress!
AMERICANS GET PHYSICAL AFTER A GOOD NIGHT IN BED
New findings show better sleep linked to improved physical performance
While weary, overextended Americans are turning to "quick fixes" like caffeine and performance-enhancing supplements, which claim to improve everything from their daily workout to their sex lives, they are losing sight of what experts say is essential to improved performance: a good night's sleep.
In fact, according to the 2008 Better Sleep Month (BSM) national survey, sponsored by the Better Sleep Council (BSC):
* Respondents getting nine hours of sleep or more are more likely to engage in higher-intensity workouts (biking, running, weight lifting, etc.). * Seven in 10 (70 percent) report that they are not getting the recommended amount of sleep needed each night (7.5 hours or more) to perform at their best each day.
"Sleep deprivation impacts us physically, which can negatively affect our coordination, agility, mood and energy," says Dr. Bert Jacobson, professor and head of the School of Educational Studies at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the lead author of the new study Grouped Comparisons of Sleep Quality for New and Personal Bedding Systems. "Research shows that sleeping better and longer leads to improvements in athletic performance, including faster sprint time, better endurance, lower heart rate, and even improved mood and higher levels of energy during a workout."
One out of three survey respondents agrees, stating that the best thing about getting a good night's sleep is improved physical performance.