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Bad Mattress Symptoms: 7 Signs You May Have a Bad Mattress

November 11, 2020  ·  7 min read

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If you’re not sure whether your sleep issues are caused by your bed or another issue, it can be helpful to be able to identify bad mattress symptoms. After all, sleeping on a bad mattress can affect your overall health by weakening your immune system, causing you to develop respiratory issues, and increasing your likelihood of developing depression or other mental health disorders.

What follows are seven bad mattress symptoms that are signs you could be sleeping on a bad mattress. If you experience any combination of these symptoms, it could be time to replace your old mattress with a new one. 

Don’t feel like reading? Check out our Snooze News on when to replace your mattress.

1. You wake up tired

Ever wondered, “How can a bad mattress affect you?” The most crucial way a bad mattress can affect your day-to-day life is by depriving you of much needed sleep. However, most people associate not getting enough sleep with problems falling asleep. The result of this understanding is that it’s easy to miss out on the fact that your mattress is depriving you of sleep. 

Most people blame waking up tired on the stresses of their day when, in reality, you may be waking up tired because you are tossing and turning during the night. In other words, even though you are falling asleep with ease, your mattress is causing you discomfort throughout the night, and you’re waking up tired as a result. All of this is why we prefer to ask our customers whether or not they wake up tired instead of whether or not they have trouble falling asleep. 

Waking up tired is one of the key indicators of a bad mattress and is one of our top bad mattress symptoms. 

A night or two of bad sleep is one thing, but sleep deprivation can cause a lot of problems to your overall health. After all, we need sleep to function. If you find that you’re constantly waking up tired even after a “full night’s sleep,” it could be a sign that you’re sleeping on a bad mattress.

2. You wake up with aches and pains 

Can a bad mattress cause body aches? Yes. Aches and pains are another one of the top bad mattress symptoms to watch for. If you’re waking up with aches and pains in places like your lower back, neck, and shoulders, it’s possible that your mattress is not providing the support you need while sleeping. 

It could be that your mattress is too soft, that you’re sleeping on a component that makes you hot, or any other variety of factors. Finding the best mattress for your body type is an essential part of getting a good night’s sleep. Texas Mattress Makers works with you to find the best fit for your body type and sleep habits and needs. 

3. Your mattress is sagging 

How comfortable you are while lying in your bed is a crucial factor in getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re experiencing discomfort, your mattress could be lumpy, sagging, or uneven in areas, causing it to not be as supportive.  

How can you tell if your mattress is sagging? If you see indentations where your body usually lies while sleeping, then it’s likely that that is a natural body impression. However, if you’re noticing sagging or dips in areas throughout your mattress where you don’t sleep, that is most likely mattress sag, and you should consider investing in a new mattress. 

To make more sense of this issue, which is admittedly one of the more confusing bad mattress symptoms, simply check out our blog regarding sagging mattresses vs. body impressions

4. You have trouble falling asleep

If you have trouble falling and staying asleep or find yourself tossing and turning, that is another bad mattress symptom which may indicate that your mattress isn’t right for your body type. While the average person changes their sleeping position around 50 times per night, that isn’t necessarily a good thing. All of that moving during the night can lead to aches, soreness, and sleep deprivation. A deep, good night’s sleep should not be interrupted so frequently.  

5. Your mattress is making noises

If you hear creaking or unfamiliar noises coming from your mattress, it is a likely indicator that the components of your mattress are breaking down and that you need a replacement mattress.  

Mattress noises may also be an indication of a bad box spring. And can a bad box spring ruin a mattress? Absolutely. A broken, uneven, or poorly mad box spring can allow your mattress to settle in weird positions, reducing the integrity of your mattress. Choosing the right box spring for your mattress can play a huge part in whether your mattress lasts. (Because of this issue, try to refrain from jumping on your bed, no matter how fun it looks!) 

6. Your mattress is over 8 years old

Less of a “bad mattress symptom” and more of a fact, this ubiquitous “lifespan” recommendation does bear some truth to it. Different mattresses have different lifespans depending on how they’re made, the components used in the mattress, and how it is being taken care of. High-quality components can last around 20 years while more budget-friendly options can last around 8 years. It all depends on you and what you need in a mattress. You can check out the Texas Mattress Mattress article on how often to buy a new mattress to better understand when you should replace your mattress based on the mattress you invested in originally.

7. You sleep better when you’re not sleeping on your mattress

While many of us sleep better on vacation because… well… we’re on vacation. But realizing that your vacation is also a “vacation” from your regular mattress is another one of the bad mattress symptoms that should not go overlooked. These mattress vacations don’t have to take place in a 5 star hotel either. If you notice that you sleep better on your couch, on a guest bed, or in a recliner than you do on your own mattress, then it may be high time for you to start looking at new mattresses. 

Experiencing one or more of these bad mattress symptoms? Texas Mattress Makers is here to help. 

It’s a sad day when your couch is more comfortable than your mattress, but with the help of the sleep experts at Texas Mattress Makers, you can overcome bad mattress symptoms with ease and get back to getting a full night’s sleep in your own bed.   

Again, your mattress is an investment for your physical and mental health, so it’s important to do research and speak to the experts at Texas Mattress Makers about finding the right mattress for you. If, after reading this article, you believe your mattress is showing the signs and symptoms of being a bad mattress, it may be time to replace it. 

If you’re looking into replacing your mattress, look no further than Texas Mattress Makers. All of our mattresses are handmade in Texas with top-of-the-line components that can help you get the best quality sleep for years to come. Contact us to chat with a mattress expert today.

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