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How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress?

Having a great mattress is critical for getting good sleep, and we all know how vital sleep is to our overall health and wellbeing. Even so, millions of Americans suffer from poor sleep. In fact, according to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep each night. But what if part of the problem is the mattress? We’re here to tell you that sometimes that IS the sum and substance of sleep problems. Here are a few signs that it is probably time to replace the mattress you’re sleeping on.

SIGN 1: Your Mattress is More than 7 Years Old

So how often should you replace your mattress? This will depend somewhat on the mattress quality and type, but generally speaking you should replace your mattress at least every 7 to 10 years. Certain factors can contribute to wear and tear on a mattress, including how you sleep, if you sleep alone or with a partner, and your size and weight. Regardless, mattresses are not manufactured to last forever, and if your mattress is older than 7 years, well then it’s time to replace that thing.

How often should you replace your mattress? Well, waking up with back pain could be a sign that it's time.

SIGN 2: Your Mattress is Uncomfortable

Mattresses are meant to be supportive and comfortable. You may be fully aware that your mattress is no longer doing the trick, or offering the support and spinal alignment necessary for a comfortable night’s sleep. Conversely, you may have just adapted to sleeping on a subpar mattress simply because it’s what you’re accustomed to. Either way, if you stay in a hotel or at a family member’s home and wake up thinking, “WOW! That was the best night’s sleep of my life!”– that may be a good indication that your old mattress could use an upgrade. If you’re not comfortable, you’re not going to sleep your best. Period.

 

SIGN 3: You’re Experiencing Soreness and Back Pain

Did you know that poor sleep can contribute to chronic back pain and other problems? If you consistently wake up sore and stiff, that could be an indicator that your mattress is a problem. One great way to assess this is see if your soreness and pain persists throughout the day, or if it is more isolated to when you first rise, and tends to subside after you get up and get moving.

SIGN 4: Your Mattress Sags

If you can visibly detect wear and tear, dents, and irregularities in your mattress, the time is nigh to replace that bad boy. If your mattress has springs, you can check those for sagging and signs of breaking down. Pay close attention to the area where you sleep, looking for sagging, as well as the edges of the mattress for obvious wear and tear. Foam and pillow top materials– as most things– break down over time, and become less supportive. These factors will tell you when it’s time to go mattress shopping. (Side note: we can totally help with that!)

SIGN 5: You’re Sneezin’ Not Sleepin’

None of us like to think about it, but the truth is– you’re not the only thing resting in your bed. Your mattress is home to all sorts of things from sweat and skin particles to dust and a whole host of other allergens. According to a study conducted at Ohio State University, a typical used mattress can have anywhere from 100,000 to one million dust mites inside. YIKES! Yet another reason to replace your mattress periodically.

If you're wondering how often should you replace your mattress, it may be time! Choose a Flexabed, and enjoy luxurious comfort and a limited lifetime warranty.

Have you ever thought about the fact that we spend approximately one third of our lives in bed? Not only is good, healthy, and restful sleep imperative for proper brain function and overall wellness, but also, it’s something we spend a great deal of our time doing. So if it’s time for you to replace that mattress, our team at Flexabed would love to help you upgrade to one of our handcrafted adjustable mattresses. And the way we see it, there was never a better time to start getting the best sleep of your life. Contact our incredible team today, and start reaping the benefits of incredible sleep.

What’s more is, our Flexabed Hi-Low SL and Premier beds boast a Limited Lifetime Warranty. That means when it’s time for a new mattress, you can ship your mattress back to us or bring it by the factory, and for $100, we will recover and refurbish the mattress or adjustable foundation.

You can also customize your mattress, and know it’s backed by our industry-leading warranty for total peace of mind. Find your perfect mattress today.

World Sleep Day is Flexabed's favorite holiday!

Never underestimate the power of a great night’s sleep! Today happens to be Flexabed’s favorite holiday– World Sleep Day. The goal of this holiday, organized by the World Sleep Society, is to celebrate the incredible benefits of good and healthy sleep, and to draw attention to the burden of sleep problems as well as the adverse effects they can have on us physically, psychologically, and even socially. World Sleep Day also exists to help promote the prevention and management of sleep disorders, which can really take a toll on the body and the mind.

Benefits of Healthy Sleep

Not only does establishing healthy sleep patterns have a rather obvious effects on how we feel and function throughout the day, but it has some other benefits you may not even be aware of. It’s actually paramount to overall health and wellbeing, and here is why.

1- Sleep Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Good sleep actually helps to promote heart health, who knew? Lack of sleep or generally poor sleep habits have been associated with high blood pressure and cholesterol, both of which are big risk factors when it comes to heart disease and stroke. So make it a goal to get between seven and nine hours of restful sleep each night.

2- Sleep Reduces Stress

We are all stressed out creatures a lot of the time, just trying to make it all happen and keep those plates in the air. Stress hormones produced within the body make it hard to fall asleep and to sleep soundly through the night. Lack of sleep can also send our bodies into a state of stress! This puts the body’s functions on high alert, resulting in elevated blood pressure, which of course– puts us at higher risk of heart attack and stroke. For this reason, things like mindfulness, yoga, and other relaxation techniques can really help with stress management and overall better sleep.

3- Sleep May Promote Weight Loss

Research shows that people who sleep fewer hours per night are more likely to have issues with being overweight or obese. Poor sleep can increase your appetite by impacting two important hunger hormones, ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is released in the stomach signaling hunger within the brain, and levels of this hormone are high before you eat, and low after. Leptin, on the other hand, is a hormone released from fat cells that actually suppresses hunger.
When you don’t get adequate sleep, your body makes more ghrelin and less leptin, leading to an increase in appetite and less accurate feelings of fullness after eating.

4- Sleep Is When the Body Repairs Itself

They don’t call it rest for nothing, folks. While you sleep your blood pressure drops, and your heart gets to take a much-needed break. Breathing slows, the muscles throughout your body relax, and the entire process can serve to reduce inflammation while promoting healing. While sleeping, the brain triggers the release of hormones that promote tissue growth that repairs blood vessels, restoring damaged muscles, and even helping wounds heal more quickly. Your body also produces more white blood cells while you sleep, and these cells work hard attacking viruses and other bacteria that can make you sick. Conversely, when you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system is weakened making you more susceptible to illness.

5- Sleep Improves Learning & Memory

Even though during sleep your body is in a state of rest, your mind is still active. Though sleep and memory may never be completely understood, many studies suggest that getting healthy sleep regularly is closely linked to success in the areas of both learning and memory. It stands to reason that if a person is deprived of adequate rest, he or she will likely struggle with focus and therefore not be able to efficiently learn. What’s more is that sleep plays an important role in the consolidation of memories, something that’s essential for learning things and retaining new information. Consolidation is the process of one’s memories becoming stable, and healthy sleep patterns help to make possible this important step in the memory process.

So today, on World Sleep Day, and really everyday, we want to stress how important it is to get great sleep each night. In order to achieve this, you have to set yourself up for success. Be proactive about winding down each evening before bed. Turn off your screens, read a book, try some meditation, and give your body and your brain a chance to prepare itself for that important rest it needs. Beyond that, make sure you have the best possible bed for you to promote the restful sleep you need to stay healthy. Check out our line of luxury adjustable beds here, and as always, be sure to reach out to our team with any questions you may have. We want you to have a good night, every night. Sweet dreams, friends.

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