Your mattress is starting to sagiStock/funwithfood
While visible rips and tears might tip anyone off, a totally intact—yet still sagging—foundation is at risk for replacement too. Drooping brought on by an uneven wear of the innerspring could be enough for you to need a new mattress. “Mattresses should not have visible sagging of more than one inch at any point on their surface,” says Neil Kline, MD, of the American Sleep Association. While flipping your mattress might help initially, there’s no coming back from body impressions or center sinking. Aim to maximize the life of your mattress by sleeping in different positions and places so that the entire surface compresses evenly. Rotating your mattress monthly for the first six months and quarterly thereafter could also help. Here’s how to have the best night’s sleep ever.
You fall asleep to squeaksiStock/grinvalds
When it’s time to hit the hay, all should be silent—even when you’re tossing and turning. “When you’re shifting from side to side, your mattress shouldn’t make ‘squeaking’ noises,” says Dr. Kline. The creaking of grinding metal, loose bolts and screws, or displaced springs could all be signs that you should go mattress shopping and trade in your old mattress in for a stronger foundation. (Find out the secrets to better sleep that doctors want you to know.)