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Ouch! Can an Old Mattress Cause Body Aches & Pains?

Ouch! Can an Old Mattress Cause Body Aches & Pains?

Man in white room sitting on bed while clutching his back in pain.Do you feel more tired than rested when you wake up? It’s hard to rise and shine when you wake up feeling achy and uncomfortable — and it might be due to your mattress. Here’s how to tell if your mattress is leaving you sore and tired every morning and what you can do about it.

Lifespan of a Mattress

If you’re hobbling to get your cup of coffee every morning, you probably need to replace your mattress. But can an old mattress cause back pain? Yes, it can! But what exactly qualifies as old? The exact life expectancy of a mattress depends a little bit on who you ask, but most experts say a good mattress should last about 7 to 10 years. However, there are a few factors that can affect this.

Naturally, the amount of “wear and tear” a mattress receives can add or subtract years off its life. A well-loved mattress that’s been cared for by following the manufacturer’s guidelines and used only for sleeping will outlive one regularly used as a trampoline for toddlers.

Like most things in life, the mattress’s original quality will also affect how many good years it has. A high-quality mattress, like a pillow top or memory foam mattress, made from quality materials can outlive a “base model” mattress made from cheaper materials.

Common Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Mattress

1. It’s sagging.

You probably wouldn’t be too comfortable snoozing in a hammock overnight, and a sagging mattress isn’t much better! Take a look at your mattress, and check if it’s noticeably sagging or dipping in places where you put most of your body weight. You may be able to alleviate some of the sagging by turning your mattress over (or adding a foam topper) if your mattress is two-sided. But you may need to start shopping for a new mattress soon.

2. It’s got very noticeable lumps, grooves, and indentations.

In order to provide adequate support for your body, your mattress shouldn’t have any lumps, grooves, or permanent indentations. No one wants to sleep on a lumpy bed! If your hands move up and down when you run them over your mattress, that’s a good indication that you need a new one.

If your bed looks like a 3D map of the Rocky Mountains, it’s time to purchase a new one. Shop new mattresses and bed frames from Rent-A-Center to build your dream bedroom set. Then, top your new mattress with quality, high-thread-count sheets to help make your bed feel more like a hotel bed for a luxurious night’s sleep!

3. You’re tossing and turning throughout the night.

Nothing disrupts a good night’s sleep like being unable to find that sweet spot of comfort! If you find yourself dealing with insomnia night after night, a deformed and worn-down mattress is likely to blame.

4. You’re waking up sore.

Feeling sore after a brutal kickboxing class or a fast 5K is satisfying. Feeling sore after lying in bed is not! If you’re finding it difficult to get comfortable at night only to wake up with aching joints and a sore back, it’s time to reevaluate what you’re sleeping on. Considering we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, all those hours must be spent on a comfortable, supportive mattress.

Even if you aren’t sleeping, you may be spending even more time in bed as your favorite TV-watching spot! Make sure you’re maintaining the correct TV-watching posture in bed with a new mattress that gives you the support you need whether you’re sitting or sleeping.

A New Mattress Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

Is it officially time to retire your old mattress? At Rent-A-Center, we understand buying a new, high-quality mattress can be a big decision. But you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your sleep because you’re scared of the price tag! When you shop at Rent-A-Center, nothing is out of reach!

With budget-friendly prices and realistic payment plans, a brand new mattress (and better sleep) is within reach! Shop rent-to-own mattresses at Rent-A-Center today, and we’ll include delivery and set-up of your rent-to-own furniture at no additional charge.

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