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You, too, can become a mattress professional -- and get a good night's sleep -- with the advice in this Howcast video series.
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- Sags, lumps, or a valley
- Aches and stiffness
- Strange bed
Consider the age
Consider when you got your mattress. Some mattresses can last for 10 years, but five to seven years is the average lifespan for an adult's mattress.
Look at it
Look at the shape of your mattress. If it sags or has lumps, or if it has developed a valley in the area where you sleep, it's time for a new one.
Listen to it
Listen to the sounds your mattress makes when you lay on it. If it's loud and creaky, it's getting worn out.
Consider how you sleep
Consider how well you sleep at night. If you're constantly tossing and turning, are unable to find a comfortable position on your mattress, or if you feel coils pressing into your body, you should think about replacing it.
Consider how you feel
Consider how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If you wake up tired or achy, sore or stiff, your mattress is probably to blame.
Sleep somewhere else
Take a short vacation from your bed. If a couple of nights spent on a different mattress makes a difference in how good you feel in the morning, get a new mattress and get back to peaceful sleep.