Have you checked your mattress lately? If not, maybe now is a good time to do so. Mattresses — just like sneakers, tires, or anything else we use — are affected by wear and tear. And an old mattress can be detrimental to your sleep. If you find yourself waking up stiff or tired in the morning, your mattress may be to blame.
Consumer Reports Magazine recommends replacing your mattress every 7 to 10 years. Because every mattress is different, it’s important to feel for yourself if you really need a new one. Generally, a mattress with a noticeable sag in the middle means it’s time for an upgrade. This means that your old mattress has lost foundation and support, which can lead to back pain and disrupted sleep.
You can do a simple test at home to see if it’s time for your mattress to go:
The body impression ruler measures the amount of sag in your mattress. If the impression is in the yellow zone, it’s definitely time to start looking for a new mattress. If it’s in the red zone, you are probably long past due for a new bed.