How Long Should a Good Mattress Last You, and When is it Time to Get a New Mattress?

when to replace your mattressAs a consumer, you pride yourself on keeping your life up to date. You try to embrace new technologies and stay up with what’s going on in the world. If your computer isn’t the getting the job done, you upgrade it, which applies to other essential items you have which includes your mattress.

So when was the last time that you upgraded your mattress?

It’s over a decade old…

Mattress manufacturers generally recommend that you buy a new mattress every ten years or so. That’s because many of them are not designed to maintain maximum quality and comfort after that period of time.

You see rips or tears in it…

Even normal use of a mattress can result in soft spots, rips, or protruding springs. Be sure to look at the underside of the mattress for splits or slits in the fabric as well.

You’re worried about allergies

Another big reason to upgrade is that old mattresses are breeding grounds for allergens, dust mites, and germs – all of which can have an adverse effect on your health. Think about it. You’ve undoubtedly washed your blankets, sheets, and mattress pad many times. But how often have you actually cleaned your mattress?

Why Your Mattress Should Be Comfortable

You’re tired of tossing and turning…

People move around in bed because they have trouble getting comfortable. If you’ve just noticed this bedtime trend but haven’t experienced any health issues which may have caused it, your mattress may be changing shape to the point where it is affecting your comfort.

It sags or bunches…

Again, even normal wear can result in peaks, valleys, bumps, and trenches in your mattress. Some mattresses even droop on a slant, giving you the sensation of sleeping on an incline. The Dreamcloud hybrid mattress with foam and springs is hand-tufted so that no matter how often you sleep in the same position, the materials cannot move laterally and spread thin.

You’re experiencing morning stiffness or back pain…

Because worn out mattresses change their shape, your body may be adjusting to it in an unconstructive way. If you’re waking up with overall stiffness, sore muscles, an aching back, or arms or legs that have “fallen asleep,” it’s very likely being caused by an old mattress.

It’s too small…

When you bought your mattress, you may have lived in an apartment or a house with a smaller bedroom; and now your bed looks too small for the room it’s in. Or perhaps you or your sleeping partner have put on some weight since you purchased your mattress and need to upgrade to a larger size.

It was your sleeping partner’s mattress…

It’s common for couples who marry and/or move in together to choose one of their two mattresses to sleep on and either throw away the other one or keep it in a spare bedroom. There’s a good chance that the mattress you’re sleeping on was originally purchased with only one person in mind.

You’re older now…

You probably tested your mattress before you bought it, and you selected it because it felt good to you – at the time. But your body has aged and changed since then, and there’s a good chance that if you checked out mattresses today, you would prefer a softer or firmer mattress than the one you liked back then.

When to throw out your old mattress- every 10 years

You do a great job of upgrading the items that are essential in your life. But you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of your mattress. After all, you spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping on it, so you need to make sure that it suits your body perfectly.

Because if you’re not sleeping well, it can have all sorts of negative effects on your health and well-being. So why put it off any longer? Upgrade your old mattress now!

No Pull Hands Free Dog Leash Giveaway & Off Leash Dog Training Tips

stop dog from pulling leash training and tipsTired of your dog jerking and tugging on you during walks? A no pull hands free dog leash could be just the solution for you and your pup, and the Good Hound could hook you up with a free one at that in April of 2018.

What started out as an item of necessity for the leash’s producer- making a homemade no-hands dog leash tying a normal black leash to his belt using a carabiner- has come a long way to make your life easier when keeping your dog from running away or tying you up frustratingly the next time you’re out for a walk.

A Hands Free Dog Leash is the Runner’s Best Friend


Before you get your own hands free dog leash for running and hit the fields and trails for a run with your furry dog companion, it will be best to optimize your dog’s behavior by training it for off leash movement first. It sounds harder than what it actually is.

Leash Training Tips for Dogs

First, you will want to do an engaged walk with your dog, rewarding your dog for good behavior and throttling its opportunity to sniff to let it know that it has some autonomy during your walks. This means during your walk, stopping when your dog wants to investigate the surrounding area. Dogs know their world through their sense of smell. They will want to smell and mark shrubs, bushes, trees, light poles, walls, corners, fence posts, and everything else that another dog or small hairy mammal has graced with its presence.

best hands free dog leash for training dogs off leash for runningSimply using both hands to control the leash and gently correct your dog’s tendency to go off course for a few minutes of disciplined walking, followed by a few breaks where you pause and let the dog “stop and smell the roses”, is going to subconsciously show your dog that you 2 are a team, and that sometimes, it’s ok to stop and sniff, and other times, your overall mission to keep moving towards your next destination takes precedence.

Once your dog starts to accept your on-leash commands (remember, commands don’t have to be loud and forceful, let your dog understand your non verbal cues for greatest success long-term), then you’ll be ready to transition to an off-leash outing.

Off Leash Dog Training Tips

Once your dog accepts your on-leash direction, then you can transition to an off leash experience. You will want to practice keeping your dog on track during your off leash walk as much as possible. You may find that your dog is not manageable but for a few minutes of off leash time together before it deviates and gets lost in the bushes smelling what a squirrel left for open public discovery and discussion earlier that day. Off leash activity is a behavior that requires persistent practice and your dog being used to it.

Another great way to get your dog used to off leash commands is to take his or her leash off before you get in the car, and simply tell your dog to jump in the car, and also when you are about to go in the house. You can take your dog’s leash off after a walk right before you enter your house. And then you can tell them to go in the house. Your dog is more likely to listen to you after you’ve been out walking and team building for an evening. It will then get used to taking gentle orders from you and see you as not such a bad guy after all.

Hands free dog walking is like off leash but a little different

Once your dog gets used to off leash/no leash walking and regular leash training, then your hands free dog leash will be a fine balance between the 2, and the bungee cord for the adjustable hands free dog harness will help diminish any sudden tugging or attempts to deviate course.

It’s almost easier to run with your dog on a hands free leash, because often once a dog gets started running with you, it will also understand that it needs to keep going just like you. My dog can run an hour easily and we used to go on runs on California beaches during our camping and road trip days.

If you want to get one of 25 free hands free dog leashes being given out by the Good Hound, visit TrueGritProductions on YouTube and subscribe, where the official giveaway video will be posted in April of 2018. The hands free dog lead by the Good Hound also comes with a free detachable doggie poop bag holder for convenient cleanups of those unexpected doggy messes in public or state parks.

The Good Hound Hands Free Dog Leash with FREE Poop Bag Holder