That isn’t a trick question or the first line of a funny joke- seriously, when did you buy your mattress?
The average mattress lasts for 8-10 years. So, if you bought your mattress in 2003, it is time for a new mattress.
Here are a few tips when mattress shopping:
1. Check the return policy. This is the most important piece of advice- laying on the bed in the store for 5-10 minutes does not give you a good idea of its suitability for you. Many stores have a thirty day money back guarantee- confirm this before you purchase the mattress, including who is responsible for returning it to the store.
2. Err on the firm side. Every new bed will feel more firm than your current one, so keep an open mind (this also goes back to #1, 5-10 minutes in the store is not a good indicator). Try to hit that happy medium; too firm, you can’t relax into the bed and you won’t sleep well. If the mattress is too soft, your body will be working too hard to give you the support you need and you will wake up sore.
3. Keep it simple. The fancy toppings, endorsements, etc are worthless if it’s not the right bed for you, so ignore all the extras. All you need are individual coils- anything else is gravy- if you like it, great, but it is not necessary.