Mattresses won't last forever, so there will come a time when you need to replace yours for a new model.

There are, however, a number of signs to look out for that will indicate that it's due for an upgrade. The mattress itself might appear tired and worn, while your body will likely tell you that it's time for a change.

For example, if you often wake up with all sorts of aches and pains, it may be down to the quality of your mattress. These problems generally wear off during the day, suggesting they are not due to a deeper medical problem, but rather the standard of the bed.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is an obvious decline in the quality of the rest you're getting. If you think back to a few months ago and can see a marked difference in how well you doze off, then it might be down to your mattress.

The other thing to do is take a look at the physical appearance of the mattress. If it is starting to sag in the middle, then the springs or memory foam inside the mattress are unlikely to be doing their job properly.

Once you've decided that you need a new mattress, it is essential that you don't compromise on the quality of the product you buy. You're likely to be using it for eight to ten years, so settling for second best simply isn't an option.

The other thing to consider is that a mattress needs to be matched to the bed frame or base, as they are commonly designed to complement one another. Mis-matching the two could mean they don't fit properly, potentially leading to yet more problems when it comes to getting into bed at night.

Posted by Elizabeth Mewes