Replacement Tips for Your Mattress Pt. 2: You Can’t Move!

The second entry in our five-part series aimed at helping you figure out when it’s time to replace your mattress deals with its ins and outs, but we aren’t talking about details.

For previous post in this series, click here:
Replacement Tips for Your Mattress Pt. 1: It’s Too Old!

Tip 2. It’s Difficult To Move

Stay mindful of movement on your memory foam

Stay mindful of movement on your memory foam

Unless you have a proclivity for sleeping in a bean bag chair, most people expect their mattress to be solid enough for them to climb in and out of without issue, while offering enough cushion for a comfortable sleep. But as previously stated, we use our mattresses so often, it’s hard to notice any perceivable change from one night to the next. If you begin to notice you’re having difficulty moving freely in your bed, problems getting out or getting comfortable, or you’re forced into the same spot every night, your mattress isn’t providing the performance it should.

Over months and years, the areas on a mattress that have to support our bodies will receive much more use than unused areas. This will stress those spots more, and cause them to lose support more quickly. This is a particular issue for people who sleep in the same spot in the same position every night, or move very little during the night. It is likely to be even more noticeable if you share a bed with a partner. You may enjoy sleeping close to your partner, but you probably don’t want your bed pressing you together at the bottom of a low spot. Also, if even the slightest movements are enough to wake or disturb your partner, your mattress is losing its resilience. A solid mattress shouldn’t make you feel like you’re on a waterbed when you or your partner moves.

These areas of constant use will eventually lose their resiliency and support. As this happens, the mattress won’t be able to provide the firmness and pressure support you need to roll, turn or prop yourself up and out of bed, instead caving against the slightest amount of pressure. The areas of stronger support around the worn spot will continue to push you into the soft area, as it provides the least resistance against your weight, possibly even forcing you into the same position every night in extreme cases. The inability to find your most comfortable position can lead to uncomfortable pressure points or numbness, the inability to fall asleep, or restless sleep during the night. So if getting out of bed matches your morning workout in terms of exertion, it’s time to get a new mattress.

For the next posts in our series, click here:
Replacement Tips for Your Mattress Pt. 3: Believe Your Eyes
Replacement Tips for Your Mattress Pt. 4: Suffering From Allergies
Replacement Tips for Your Mattress Pt. 5: You’re Not Comfortable

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