Is your mattress still doing its job? Learn how to avoid aches and pains with the right support.

Sleep is vital to your health and having the right bed helps. So, how’s your mattress holding up? It’s important to recognize when your mattress no longer provides the support your body needs, which can lead to loss of sleep along with backaches.

Try these two tests:

  • Lay a rigid object, like a yardstick, across your bed. If you can fit your hand in the gap between the object and your mattress, your mattress is sagging.
  • Place a marble in various places on your bed. If it rolls toward the center of your mattress every time, this also indicates sagging, meaning it’s time to look for a new one.

Here are some physical signs you might be in the market for a new mattress:

  • You’re waking up every morning feeling sore and stiff.
  • You find that you sleep better in a hotel bed than you do at home.
  • Your mattress is older than seven years.

If you need a new mattress, look for one that:

  • Is made of dense memory foam, or a good-quality spring mattress with a pillow topper.
  • Is firm enough to support you, but soft enough that you are comfortable.
  • Supports your body in its neutral position. Your shoulders and hips should sink into the mattress a little while keeping your spine properly aligned.

In the meantime, consider reinforcing your current mattress by placing plywood underneath it while you save and shop. Remember, more expensive does not always mean better. If you are wondering if your sleep issues, backaches and pain could be mattress-related, talk to your Bronston healthcare professional.