For screen reader problems with this website, please call800-909-92998 0 0 9 0 9 9 2 9 9Standard carrier rates apply to texts.


6 Signs You’re Sleeping on the Wrong Mattress

by Angela Maple

man waking with back pain in bed

Did you know that adults need at least seven or more hours of sleep every night for their health and wellbeing? Did you also know as of 2022, at least 35.2 percent of adults in the U.S. have reported sleeping on average for less than the recommended seven hours per night? This could be for several reasons ranging from sleeping disorders to a bad bed and everything in between. And although we can’t solve every sleep-depriving problem, we do have a solution to a sleep-reducing mattress.

Check out our guide to find out what bad mattress symptoms to look for, how to improve your sleep, when to replace a mattress, or call it quits.

Symptoms of Sleeping on a Bad Mattress

couple with body aches from bad mattress

If you spend the night tossing and turning just to wake up exhausted and uncomfortable, it might be time to say sayonara to your old mattress. In fact, you should replace your mattress every 7–10 years — it varies based on the types of mattresses you like to use. A bad mattress can significantly affect your sleep health, making all the difference in how well-rested you feel when you wake up the next day. Want to know if you’re sleeping on a bad mattress? Read on for signs of a wrong bed.

Experience Better Sleep Today!

Sign #1: Don’t Feel Rested

Have you ever had a full seven hours of sleep and still woke up feeling like you haven’t slept at all? This is a common issue that affects many of us, creating a sense of dread for the morning. When you are going to bed on a bad mattress, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve gotten seven hours of sleep or twelve because your body isn’t getting the optimal rest it needs to feel revitalized and refreshed (even your morning coffee won’t make a difference). If you spend your nights looking for that cozy spot on your bed with no success, it’s time to change your mattress. A sleepless night or two may not sound so bad, but if you are experiencing chronic sleep deprivation, it can lead to more severe health conditions. It can also result in daytime drowsiness, poor judgment, and mood swings that will make your “don’t talk to me before coffee” shirt literal. Also, check if you have bad sleep habits since that may also be ruining your ideal sleep quality:

  • Diet: rich, greasy, heavy, or spicy foods before bed could result in an upset stomach and digestive issues and can affect your trip to dreamland
  • Exercise: moderate daily exercise can help you wind down before going to sleep but avoid doing an intensive workout at night since it would have the opposite effect, overstimulating you before bed.
  • Pre-bedtime routine: Before calling it a night, avoid excessive exposure to blue light (TV, cellphones, laptops, or tablets), caffeinated drinks (coffee, soda, or energy drinks), and an evening glass of alcohol.

Sign #2: Difficulty Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep

We have all had those nights where we have spent an hour or more lying in bed, unable to fall asleep after trying the warm milk and white noise hacks. So, we toss, turn, and twist until we fall asleep just to randomly wake up in the middle of the night and do it all over again. It’s exhausting. And what’s worse is that the average person, in fact, should be falling asleep in about 10–20 minutes. The biggest reason you might struggle to sleep and stay asleep may be your mattress. Your hybrid, traditional, or specialty mattress should provide you, as a sleeper, with enough spinal support to keep your back aligned for a well-rest slumber. So, if you spend the night shifting to get cozy just to wake up feeling stiff and rough, it’s time for a new mattress.

Sign #3: Body Pains

If you have woken up, starting your day complaining about how you feel sore all over, it may be your mattress’s fault. An aging mattress often starts to bow and sag in the middle from constant use, resulting in a steady loss of structure, firmness, and support for a good night’s sleep. It’s also possible your grouchy attitude in the morning isn’t because of a bad mattress but the wrong mattress. How you sleep (back, stomach, or side) can determine where you need the most support while you sleep, and laying on a mattress with the wrong comfort level can make for a very achy night and morning. It’s also best not to put off finding a new bed for too long. Otherwise, your aches and pains can become chronic, increasing your chances of an injury. So, no matter what your sleep position is, make sure your mattress is firm or plush enough in all the right support zones.

Sign #4: Allergies

Have you gone to bed every night with watery, itchy eyes, a runny nose, or a scratchy throat? It may not be a good ol’ airborne allergen. Instead, it may be a cocktail of allergens like pet dander, mildew, or mold collecting in your worn mattress. As a sleeper with severe allergies, being allergic to your bed of all places would be your worst nightmare. The best way to protect yourself from allergen buildup is using a mattress foundation that’ll allow for proper airflow beneath your bed. Also, using a washable mattress protector to reduce the accumulation of allergens may significantly help.

But it could also be something worse than allergens. Dust mites. 10 million microorganisms in your bed. Absolutely horrifying, right? These microscopic creatures are the worst for sleepers with allergies, asthma, and skin rashes. Protect yourself from allergens and dust mites, invest in a mattress protector, wash your sheets in hot water weekly, vacuum your bed’s surface, and keep the temperature and humidity in your bedroom as low as possible.   

Sign #5: Wrong Size Bed

Another sign that you are sleeping on a bad bed is when you’ve outgrown it. Sleeping on a twin size mattress with your feet dangling over the edge guarantees a poor sleep quality. And if you have a partner, the last thing you both want to do is cram yourself onto a twin XL in a sleep position you don’t like. For the best quality sleep, sleeping on the right size mattress is optimal for you, your partner, and your sleep health. A great tip to finding out what length mattress you need is to add at least five to seven inches to your height, so if you are 6’ 2, you need a bed that is 6’ 7 to 6’ 9 ( or 80 to 83 inches), making a full XL, queen, or king mattress the most optimal choices for you.

Sign #6: Creaks and Squeaks

You may not see it, but you’ll definitely hear it if you have a bad mattress. If you have ever sat or laid in bed and it squeaks, creaks, whines, and sounds like it’s on its last legs, it’s time for a new mattress. These noises indicate that your bed springs have lost their tension and can no longer support your spine. A good solution to an irritating, squeaky bed is opting for a durable foam or hybrid mattress that supports you as you sleep and is more resistant to mattress sagging and creaking over the years.

How to Choose the Right Mattress

When it’s time to replace your mattress, let Mattress Land help you find a solution to your sleep problems. Curious how we’re going to do that? With our BedFIT, of course! BedFIT is our exclusive, patented science-based technology that takes the guesswork out of finding the mattress that fits you. The process is simple and easy — shoppers lie down on our diagnostic test bed, and the BedFIT computer takes a precise series of pressure and alignment readings to create a digital map of your body and pressure points. The BedFIT system will then determine the best postural support and pressure relief for your body type. Then all you need to do is choose from the recommended bed and pillows on your BedFIT review!

Why Trust Mattress Land?

Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We’ll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits and so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

Shop Mattresses at Mattress Land

At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you know more about when to replace a mattress. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. More accessible than ever, you can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone’s favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

Learn More: Guide to Mattress Firmness: What Should You Know