With the holidays quickly approaching, you might be wary of shelling out extra cash to replace your mattress, but neglecting to get a new mattress when yours has outlived its shelf life can be detrimental to your health. Losing out on sleep can contribute to weight gain, memory loss, and even more serious health risks like stroke, heart attack, or cancer.
Here are three ways to tell if you need a new mattress, along with tips for finding fantastic mattress deals, so you can sleep easy this holiday season.
1. Your stress levels are elevated.
You might think your stress is related to your waking hours, but actually sleeping on a bad mattress could be elevating your stress levels. A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine examined the stress levels of a group of people when they slept on old mattresses and when they slept on new ones, and concluded that "new bedding systems increased sleep quality and reduced back discomfort, factors that may be related to abatement of stress-related symptoms."
In other words, a new mattress will increase your sleep quality and make you less prone to stress symptoms like headaches, irritability, and worrying.
2. You toss and turn all night.
Mattresses go bad gradually, so you might not notice that you're tossing and turning more frequently now than you did a few years ago. However, if you are tossing, turning, and just plain uncomfortable when you try to fall asleep, it's probably time for a new mattress. This is especially true if you find you have an easier time sleeping away from home, such as when staying in a hotel.
3. You sneeze while you're in bed but not at any other time.
Over time, your mattress becomes home to dust mites and other allergens, making it more likely that you'll have an allergic reaction just as you're trying to fall asleep. You can try washing linens in hot water and vacuuming your mattress for a little while, but if you're constantly experiencing an allergic reaction and your mattress is more than 5 years old, you should start shopping around for a new one. If you have severe allergies, you might want to consider upgrading to a latex or memory foam mattress.
How to Find a Deal
Once you have determined that it's time to get a new mattress, it's time to tackle the big question: how can you find a great mattress at a low price?
Mattresses go on sale frequently, but often, your best bet is to shop at a mattress outlet. At Baxton Studio Outlet, we buy Serta mattresses straight from Serta at a discounted price, and we pass the savings right down to our customers. The Serta mattresses we sell are still the same high-quality mattresses you would find in any other mattress store, but they are discounted because they have changed fabrics, moved on to a new model, or just weren't able to sell all of their inventory.
Feel free to stop in at one of our two Illinois locations to look around and test a Serta mattress for yourself. To find out more about whether or not it’s time for a new mattress, contact us today.