Mattresses are something people spend almost a third of their life on. While you may not remember most of that time, your body will certainly feel it if you don't get a good nights' rest. Mattresses also change over time, and the older one gets, the more likely it is to suffer from structural problems that render it unusable. If you have had your mattress for a while and are considering getting a new one, here are some signs that should push you in that direction.
Divets Not Regenerating
Part of your regular mattress care is flipping them over every so often so that you don't constantly use the same springs to hold up your torso and heavier parts of your body. When you do this, you will notice that the place where you slept for a few months will have a small diver in it from your outline. If, when you flip it back over, you realize these divets are no longer going away, then that is a good sign that your mattress is too old. It will also mean your current mattress is going to get much less comfortable and supportive.
Through regular usage, your mattresses will undergo a lot of contact with your body, even with the bedsheet stopping direct contact. Sweating alone will cause a lot of stains to your mattress and pillows over the years, and often people will drool and occasionally wet the bed as well. While a few small stains are perfectly fine and expected after years of use, if your mattress is covered in large stains, then it can start to become unhygienic. The last thing you want is to be getting sick due to simply sleeping on an unclean mattress.
Broken Internal Supports
Mattresses come in all shapes and sizes, with many different supporting mechanisms being popularised over the years. Of course, springs and spring variants are still the most popular type of support, and when these springs break due to sudden impact or some other manufacturing or environmental problem, they can really hurt. Soft edges can suddenly become very sharp and prodding. When this happens, there is really no recourse as there are not really any mattress repair stores in existence. Instead, it is simply time to buy a new mattress. Perhaps this time you can choose one with a different internal structure and try to see if that solves the problem for you.
If you need a new mattress, look for one at a store near you.