Your mattress is susceptible to a considerable amount of wear and tear over time. Most people don’t realize it, but a good mattress is essential to a good life.
This is the surface that you lay down on in order to get a good night’s rest. If your mattress is old and is in need of a replacement, you should look for the absolute best quality that you can afford.
Skimping out on the mattress is a terrible idea and you will never be able to get a good rest. If your body does not get to sleep comfortably in the night, your entire will be ruined. You will feel lethargic when you wake up and that feeling of being fresh first thing in the morning will continue to elude you.
Most importantly, you need to check your mattress on a regular basis. As with all other things in your house, your mattress is also susceptible to a considerable amount of wear and tear.
Most people generally use the warranty that their mattress comes with as a benchmark to determine when it needs to be replaced.
But you should know that it primarily depends on how you use the mattress. In some cases, the mattress might wear out much earlier than the warranty is supposed to run out.
In other cases, it may last even longer than the warranty period. One of the telltale signs of an aging mattress is when you can feel the springs inside of it when you lay down.
Spring mattresses are incredibly popular and they have all but replaced the conventional foam mattresses. Spring mattresses are able to conform to the contours of your body in a better manner and they are also much more comfortable.
More importantly, they are breathable so you won’t wake up sweating profusely during those hot summer days and nights.
It’s also important to note that mattress technology has come a long way in the past couple of decades. There are now mattresses that come infused with cool gel technology as well, which is further designed to enhance comfort and give you a good night’s sleep.
Some mattresses also contain memory foam that automatically adjusts based on your body shape and size. Keep in mind that feeling the spiky springs in your mattress is never a good sign.
Any decent mattress is likely to have a considerable amount of filling that is designed to make sure that you never get to feel the springs.
What Is Spring Count?
As the name suggests, the spring count is the number of springs that are installed within the mattress.
Now, many people focus on the spring count, whereas you should actually focus on the number of fillings in the mattress. The number of fillings determine your level of comfort, not the amount of springs.
In fact, that is one of the reasons why most companies do not construct mattresses with a spring count over 2500 or 3000. Any more than that is simply not required.
Why Are the Springs So Prominent?
This usually happens when the mattress gets old. As the mattress grows old, some of the springs are likely to pop out in areas that are put under lots of stress and pressure. It’s a standard occurrence caused by wear and tear, and there’s really not a lot that you can do about it.
Basically, this is your mattress’s way of telling you that it needs to be replaced. Feeling the springs in your mattress is never a comfortable thing, mainly because it’s going to disrupt the level of comfort.
Depending upon which parts of the mattress have springs that are protruding out, you will have to change your sleeping style considerably.
You might have to switch positions and look for a more comfortable spot on the mattress. But if you can feel the springs in your mattress, you should know that it is just one of the signs that your mattress is in need of an upgrade.
There are several other signs that you need to look out for.
Aches and Back Pain
Your body goes through a whole lot of sensations when you are asleep. Unfortunately, while you sleep, your brain remains up; while your body is resting, your brain is still working and processing everything. That is why you might wake up in the morning with lots of aches in your back or your neck.
If this begins to happen all of a sudden and you notice that your sleep patterns are also disturbed, it’s another clear sign that a new mattress is now due.
If you don’t feel rested when you wake, it’s just because you are not able to get that good night’s sleep due to an uncomfortable mattress. It could derail your life very quickly if you are not too careful.
What Can You Do About it?
If you can barely feel the springs and don’t want to spend big on replacing the mattress all of a sudden, one of the options available to you is to purchase a mattress topper.
A mattress topper is simply a topper that you put on your current mattress. The topper is designed to add an extra layer of comfort and is usually made from cool gel technology, or even memory foam.
Even though its original purpose is to offer greater comfort, adding a topper will create a layer between your back and the mattress, and this could prevent the springs from jutting into your body. Adding a mattress topper is perhaps the easiest and the most effective way to deal with springs protruding out from the mattress.
However, you have to understand that this is not a long-term solution. With the passage of time, the mattress topper is also going to wear out and these springs will start jutting into your back within a few months.
The mattress topper is designed to be laid out on a flat surface; the unevenness caused by the springs is not going to be able to support the topper properly.
Replacing the Mattress
Simply put, the best option available to you is to replace the mattress altogether. As mentioned, the fact that you can feel the springs in your mattress simply means that the mattress has run its course. If your mattress is over eight years old, you should consider replacing it regardless.
If you are in the market for a new mattress, it is important to understand that there is a vast distinction between the cheaper varieties and the more expensive variants.
Spending big on your mattress might seem to be a foolish thought at first but this is the surface that you are going to spend at least eight hours of your day on.
It is critical that you purchase a decent, comfortable mattress that will not just last you a few years but will also offer unparalleled comfort and peace of mind. You can further supplement the comfort levels by adding a mattress topper on the mattress too.
It’s an excellent investment that is going to yield dividends and completely change your life once you understand just how important a good night’s sleep is.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Film/Video/Media Studies, as well as an associates degree in Communications. I began producing videos and musical recordings nearly 15 years ago. I am a guitarist and bassist in Southwest MI and have been in a few different bands since 2009, and in 2012 I began building custom guitars and basses in my home workshop as well. When I’m home, I love spending time with my three pets (a dog, cat, and snake) and gardening in my backyard.