When to Say “See Ya” to Your Mattress…

When the burners on your stove don’t light or the oven won’t turn on, you know it’s the end of the road for your old stove and time for a new one!  Mattresses are more difficult to diagnose when it comes to replacing them, although if you think about it, you can tell when they have stopped working because you are no longer getting a good night’s sleep.   A mattress and box spring, also known as a foundation, wear down gradually over time.  Therefore, you don’t really notice the changes, until you do!


A mattress is like your favorite recliner or shoes.  Until a spring in your chair has sprung or your big toe pushes through the tip of your shoe, they feel familiar and comfortable.  Your mattress isn’t always as obvious as that and you may not be able to tell just by looking at your mattress that it has outlived its lifespan.  However, if you wake up with a backache or you haven’t slept well in a while, it’s probably time for a new one.


How long your mattress lasts depends on how often it’s used and what level of quality it is, but in general a mattress set that is seven years old has reached the end of the line and needs to be replaced.  While seven years is a good rule of thumb, everyone’s body changes over time and your need for comfort and support increases as you age.  Your body may be ready for a new mattress before the seven-year mark, so listen to what it’s telling you.  It’s a good idea to compare your mattress and foundation to newer models every few years to see if there is a set that feels better to you and offers features you may not have needed or looked for in the past.


Good sleep is important for your health, productivity, and the ability to feel your best.  Check in with your mattress regularly to find out if you need a replacement.  You may not even be aware your mattress has gotten old and worn until you think about it.  Here are the signs that you may need a new mattress and foundation:

You wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches, and pains

You realize you got a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed (such as at a hotel)

Your mattress shows visible signs of overuse (it sags, has visible tearing, ripping, holes, staining or damage)

You are usually tired despite getting a full night’s sleep

Your mattress is seven years old or older

TIP: Evaluate the condition of your mattress for comfort and support twice a year.  A good time to do this is when you adjust your clocks for seasonal time changes.  Changing the clocks will serve as a reminder since you are already thinking about gaining or losing an hour’s sleep.  Use this to jog your memory.

Home Mattress Center and the Sleep Doctors will walk you through buying the best mattress for your body and sleeping position.  They are located at 4416 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington and at Peoples Plaza, Newark, Delaware.  Go see them now.  Your body will thank you!