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How Do You Know When You Need a New Mattress?

January 2, 2024  ·  9 min read

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You’ve been sleeping on the same mattress for as long as you can remember. You know you’re not getting good enough sleep, but that could be for any number of reasons (stress, an inconsistent sleep schedule, etc.). You never once think that the source of your bad sleep could be your mattress and that it needs to be replaced. 

Why would I replace a mattress that seems to be fine?News flash: if you’re not getting quality sleep, your mattress isn’t fine.

Quality sleep is essential to our overall health, functionality, and well-being, and the key to getting said quality sleep is sleeping on a high-quality, supportive, and comfortable mattress. But how do you know when you need a new mattress? The experts at Texas Mattress Makers are here to discuss the signs that your mattress needs replaced. 

Here are some common signs you need a new mattress:

  • You’re waking up tired every morning
  • You’re tossing and turning throughout the night
  • You wake up with aches and pains
  • Your mattress is sagging or has a dent 
  • Your allergies flare up when you’re in bed
  • Your body has gone through significant changes

Our founder Youval and mattress expert Rachael explain the importance of investing in a quality mattress and how to tell if your current mattress needs to be kicked to the curb.

6 signs you need a new mattress

How do you know when a mattress is bad? There are a few surefire ways to tell if your mattress is bad and needs to be replaced. If you notice that any of the following bad mattress symptoms sound familiar to your experience, it’s time to buy a new mattress. 

1. You’re waking up tired every morning

Waking up tired is one of the key indicators of a bad mattress. Do you still wake up tired even if you get a full 7-9 hours of sleep? Do you wake up feeling just as sleepy as you did when you went to bed? If you’re not feeling well-rested after a full night’s sleep, your mattress could be the problem. 

Most people associate not getting enough sleep with problems falling asleep when they disregard the idea that their mattress could be depriving them of much-needed rest throughout the night. If you’re waking up tired every morning, your current mattress is not doing its job and needs to be replaced with a mattress that can help you get the sleep your body needs.

Man waking up in bed rubbing his eyes, tired.

2. You’re tossing and turning throughout the night

Many think morning tiredness stems from daily stress, but it could actually be due to tossing and turning throughout the night. Even if you fall asleep easily, an uncomfortable mattress might disrupt your sleep, leaving you feeling tired in the morning. That’s why we focus on asking customers if they wake up tired rather than if they have trouble falling asleep.

Simply put, if you’re tossing and turning, then your mattress is uncomfortable. It may not feel that way to you. You may even say, “I like how my mattress feels!” — but your disrupted sleep is a clear sign that the comfort level and/or the components used to make the mattress are not complementing what your body needs to get good sleep. If you’re unsure of what type of mattress you need, our experts will be able to help you find your perfect match.

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3. You wake up with aches and pains

Waking up with soreness and pain is a clear sign that you need a new mattress. If you wake up with aches and pains, it could indicate that your mattress is no longer providing the support your body needs which can have long-term consequences. 

How can a bad mattress affect your body? When you purchase a regular mattress from a large mattress company, over time, the mattress’s components will begin to break down. They lose their ability to support your body properly which can result in pain in your back, neck, hips, shoulders, or other areas when you wake up every morning. 

Depending on what position you sleep in, you want to be sure that your mattress is properly supporting and caressing your pressure points to alleviate pain. For example, if you’re a side sleeper, you need a mattress that will support your shoulders and your hips since those are the areas that make contact with your mattress as you sleep. The right mattress can help alleviate any pain you may be experiencing. At Texas Mattress Makers, we have the best mattresses for back and hip pain or any other discomfort you’re dealing with.

Elderly man on the bed suffering from back pain.

4. Your mattress is sagging or has a dent 

While most of these signs you need a new mattress are based more on how you feel when you sleep on your mattress, a dent in the mattress is a physical sign that you can see. However, it’s important not to confuse a dent or sagging with a body impression. A body impression will be slight indents of where your body lays on the mattress every night. This is a healthy process that allows your mattress to mold to your body over time. 

Your mattress is sagging and will need to be replaced if:

  • The dent is more than two inches deep
  • The dent is more of a crater-shape
  • The mattress is sagging even in an area where you don’t sleep

What causes a mattress to sag? Low-quality mattresses made with low-quality components will not be able to withstand the weight of your body and will break down more quickly over time. Some mattresses may begin to sag prematurely if you happen to purchase the wrong mattress for your body type, sleeping position, and weight. A good quality mattress will have components that will be able to support your body long-term and will not sag even after years of sleeping on it.

Woman lying on her side in bed.

5. Your allergies flare up when you’re in bed

If you suffer from allergies, you know how hard it might be to get a good night’s sleep. But did you know that mattresses can harbor allergens over time, making your allergies worse? If your mattress is old or you’ve never utilized a mattress protector, allergens such as dust mites, mold, or pet dander can trigger allergic reactions, causing nasal congestion, itchy eyes, or even skin irritation. If your allergies tend to flare up every time you get into bed, it may be time to get a new mattress and purchase a mattress protector to help keep those allergens at bay!

To be clear, there is no one best mattress for allergies, rather you should focus on finding a mattress that is made with hypoallergenic materials and can also satisfy the rest of your unique sleep needs. 

Woman blowing her nose in bed.

6. Your body has gone through significant changes

Now this may come as a bit of a surprise but we might feel different about a mattress that once felt comfortable when our bodies go through significant changes. For example, weight fluctuations, surgeries, or physical transformations such as birth can render a once-fitting mattress unsupportive. 

Remember how we spoke about healthy mattress body impressions? If your body changes physically in a drastic way, how you conform to your mattress will change. A mattress that doesn’t adapt to our evolved body needs can significantly impact the quality of our sleep and overall well-being. This can result in tossing and turning, overall discomfort, and leave you feeling achy and sore as you wake up.

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When should you replace your mattress?

There are many questions revolving around when to replace a mattress, especially if you’ve had yours for a couple of years. How often should you replace a mattress? What is the average lifespan of a mattress? 

According to the internet, and most mattress retailers, the average lifespan of a mattress is about 7-10 years with eight being the benchmark to replace the mattress. Here at Texas Mattress Makers, we have a bit of a different opinion.

When you buy a Texas Mattress Makers mattress, the components are constructed to last much longer than the average mattress. If taken good care of, our mattresses can last you a lifetime. Simply put, if you buy a high-quality mattress in the first place, you may never have to replace it again. 

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Need a New Mattress?

Get Your Perfect Mattress for the Best Price at Texas Mattress Makers

How do you know when you need a new mattress? Outside of the signs we provided above, if you are sleeping on a bed that was not made by Texas Mattress Makers, there is a chance that you could use a new mattress. 

Unsure of what to ask when buying a mattress? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our mattress-buying process takes all of your needs and preferences into consideration so that you can sleep on a bed that was made to give you the best night’s sleep possible for as long as possible. Because we are a factory-direct mattress company that handmakes our mattresses in-house, we can set our own fair, low prices to give you the best deal. 

If you need a new mattress, visit any of our mattress stores in Katy, Downtown Houston, The Woodlands, Rosenberg, Humble, or Baybrook, TX in person to try out our top-quality beds before you purchase. 

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