Although purchasing a new bed has become significantly less expensive with the introduction of online retailers, a mattress purchase still involves a significant financial investment. Chances are, you’re not a mattress expert, and–between the research and shopping time you’ll spend before making an ultimate decision–no one wants to make extra work for themselves. With a life full of incessant to-do lists, why not be sure you really need a new mattress before diving into an unnecessary purchase?

How do you know when it’s time for a brand new bed? Well, here are 10 ways to tell if it’s truly time for an upgrade:

You wake up in pain.

Mornings for you are simply awful. You wake up with pain in your back, shoulders, hips and knees….and after a few hours of being awake, the pain seems to dissipate almost entirely. Chances are, it’s time for a new bed.

Your mattress has stopped bouncing back.

When you wake up and roll out of bed, you notice a body-shaped indentation left behind. Instead of your foam layers bouncing back resiliently, it simply stays squished.

You prefer sleeping in a hotel.

Nights spent away from home once resulted in dreams of being back in your nice, cozy bed. Instead of a restless night’s sleep, you’ve noticed yourself looking forward to sleepovers…and not just in fancy hotel rooms. Even your sister’s basement/bedroom feels like an upgrade.

You feel like you’re sleeping in a hammock.

More common with foam mattresses than innersprings, softening of the inner core of your mattress can result in improper spinal support. Sometimes, even without visible sagging, a mattress’ core can lose its ability to properly support your body weight.

You keep rolling into the center.

You start by lying down near the edge of the bed, but in just a few moments, you realize that you’re rolling right into the middle. If you’re sleeping alone, you’re probably not getting proper support…and if you’re sleeping with a partner, things can get hot and heavy in a less than ideal manner.

Your allergies are worst just after waking up.

When you wake up, your eyes are watering, your nose is stuffy, and you can already feel a sneeze coming on. Not only are dust mites one of the leading causes of allergies, but they also thrive in mattresses and bedding!

You can feel sharp, metal springs poking through.

If you can feel anything sharp sticking through your mattress cover, it’s a sure sign that your old mattress is just that….old.

You’ve been sleeping on the same mattress since college.

Speaking of old mattresses, if you’ve been sleeping on your mattress for more than a decade, it’s high time to investigate whether your mattress is past its prime. While you could still be okay if your mattress has had very limited use, most mattresses have a lifespan of 8-10 years…some much less.

Your family has expanded past the full-sized bed stage.

When it was just you and your partner, snuggling up together in a full bed may have been incredibly romantic. Now that you’re family has expanded, a child’s unwelcome nightmare can result in disastrous sleep for the entire family.

Your partner wakes you up all night with their tossing and turning.

While sharing a bed with someone can be an intimate experience and a surefire way to keep your bond strong, it can also result in diminishing shuteye if your beloved is up all night. If your partner’s restless sleep is beginning to wreak havoc on your sleep quality, it may be time to invest in a new mattress with motion isolation technology. That way, you can enjoy uninterrupted sleep even when your partner isn’t quite as fortunate.  

Think you’re ready for a new bed? Tell us how you knew it was time to upgrade!