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6 signs it’s time for a new mattress


The telltale signs of an ageing mattress

When you consider that we spend a third of our lives in bed, it makes sense that our mattresses need regular replacing. If you’re experiencing any of these classic signs of an ageing mattress, it’s an offer you should seriously consider.

With a free 100-night trial and free delivery and returns nationwide, a Sleep Republic mattress in a box is the easiest way to explore how a new mattress could change your life.

1. Age

Even the best mattress won’t last forever. Factors such as frequency of use, body weight, and care and cleaning can all make a difference. Consumer advocacy group Choice says the average lifespan of a mattress is eight years.

Can you remember when you bought your current mattress? If not, it might be time to consider replacing it.

2. Aches and pains

Bodily soreness and stiffness are common indicators that your mattress has passed its use-by date. If you find it hard to get into a comfortable position at night, or regularly wake to hip pain, lower back pain or neck pain, your mattress may be the problem.

While some mattresses naturally become softer with age, others get firmer. Either way, over time they lose their ability to support your body’s natural alignment. Old mattresses can push or pull you into unnatural positions as you sleep.

All too often we fail to notice this gradual deterioration, which can develop long before you see any outward signs of wear and tear on your mattress.

3. Smells and stains

Your mattress is porous, and even if you use a protector, over time it will absorb moisture from sweat, spills and other liquids. Together with accumulations of dust, hair and skin cells, this can make older mattresses a perfect breeding ground for:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Bacteria
  • Dust mites

A damp, musty or unpleasant smell or visible stains and discolouration can be warning signs that you’re not alone in your bed. Not as immediately obvious but potentially serious side-effects can include year-round allergies, with tell-tale symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes.

If this sounds like you, your old mattress may be to blame.

4. Sags, lumps and tears

Do you get that sinking feeling every time you climb into bed? Over time mattresses tend to disintegrate under the most heavily used areas, as layers of foam become compressed and springs lose their elasticity.

This may result in sagging in the middle of the mattress, if that’s where couples spoon or snuggle, or further outwards if they tend to nest comfortably on their respective sides of the bed. Either way, the result is a loss of firmness and support in your favourite spot.

Apart from sagging, internal mattress padding can tear inside and shift around, causing uncomfortable lumps and craters. Any of these problems indicate your mattress has reached the end of its useful life.

5. Creaks and squeaks

Few things are more infuriating than a squeaky bed. Don’t ignore this problem. It could be the first sign that the springs in your mattress aren’t compressing the way they are supposed to.

Broken or worn-out box springs can affect your mattress’s comfort, support and shape, interfering with your sleep. Quick fixes will generally prove to be stopgaps that don’t address the underlying problem.

6. You sleep better somewhere else

If you notice that you had a better night’s sleep in a hotel, as an overnight guest at someone else’s house, or even on the couch, it could be a warning sign that there’s something wrong with your mattress.

The symptoms of a lack of quality sleep are not always as obvious as tossing and turning at night or yawning during the day. Poor sleep can result in:

  • Moodiness and poor judgement
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Increased appetite, resulting in weight gain

Feeling more refreshed after a night away from home can be just the wake-up call you need to realise the problem lies with your own bed.

Time to spring into action

At Sleep Republic, we’ve been in the mattress business for over 20 years. We make high-quality pocket-spring mattresses, not glorified pieces of foam rubber. Even our smallest mattress contains over 1000 individual springs, and all our mattresses come with a 12-year warranty.

We create the perfect hybrid foam mattress experience with

  • Gel-infused memory foam
  • Anti-allergenic natural latex
  • Knitted cashmere for comfort

The result is a medium/firm feel that is comfortable yet supportive. Not too soft, not too hard; the best of both worlds.

Don’t just take our word for it. Take us up on our 100-night free trial and if you’re not happy with how you’re sleeping, we’ll collect your mattress at no cost to you and donate it to charity or recycle it.

We offer free same-day delivery for orders received before midday in most major metropolitan areas, and we’ll deliver anywhere in Australia provided one of our freight and courier agencies can reach you.

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