How Often You Should Replace Your Mattress

It’s such a drag replacing your mattress. A good mattress isn’t cheap, so if you can stretch out your mattress life, why wouldn’t you? Disposing of a mattress is another thing to think about too. What could it hurt?

Well, your spine for starters. Your bed should be supporting your spine to keep it straight through the night, but with years of wear and tear, foams and springs will lose their strength and structure. The result is a sagging mattress. As the foams and springs go, so does your back. With that sore back come sore muscles, stiffness, fatigue and that’s your whole day affected by your old bed that cannot give you pressure relief.

And just think about the sweat, dead skin cells, bodily fluids, bacteria, dust mites and just all round grossness accumulated over the years. You can deep clean it using the method outlined here, and definitely keep up a habit of cleaning your mattress thoroughly every 6 – 12 months. However,  when it’s been that long, all the cleaning in the world won’t keep you from breathing in all that funky goodness.

Ultimately, given that you’re trusting your mattress to support your whole body for 8 hours a day for years on end, then yes, I would agree that it is worth it to take the time to replace it when it’s at the end of its lifespan.

So when is it time? You’re in the right place to find that out.

And as for that pesky problem of disposing of your bed, check out this article here

Signs Your Old Mattress Is Done

The main thing to check for is if you are, in fact, rested. If you’re waking up sore or in pain, if your mattress doesn’t feel right, then it’s not right.

There are also some obvious signs to look for, such as:

  • visible sagging;
  • Imprints of your body;
  • holes and tears;
  • stains and odours that just persist despite airing it out in sunlight; and
  • noisy coils in your innerspring mattress.

You’re simply not going to get the sleep quality you need if you’re sleeping on such a mattress every night. Check your mattress periodically for these signs, especially sagging in the middle and corners of the bed, because a saggy mattress is not a supportive mattress.

The Mattress Lifespan

The period of time that your mattress lasts you will vary depending on the mattress type, but as a rule of thumb you’re looking at between 7 to 10 years. The types of mattresses and their general lifespans are as follows:

  • Pillowtop mattresses will probably make it to 7 years, as they’re more prone to sagging.
  • A simple innerspring mattress will last between 5 to 8 years depending on the quality of your bed. If your spring mattress has a high spring count and thicker coil gauge, then your mattress should be longer lasting.
  • Memory foam mattresses will be slightly more long-lived at 8 to ten years. True memory foam mattresses such as Ergoflex should easily last a decade due to the high density of the memory foam.
  • A hybrid mattress usually will also be good for 8 to ten years.
  • Your mileage with a polyfoam mattress is highly dependent on the quality of the foam. That said, a decent polyfoam mattress should be good for 10 years.
  • Latex mattresses tend to be the longest lasting at 12 years. Natural latex rubber is both hypoallergenic and extremely durable.

Check your mattress warranty. If you’re still within the warranty period and it’s sagging or there’s a serious imprint of your body (particularly in a memory foam mattress), contact the bed manufacturer and see what they can do for you.

How to Stretch Out That Lifespan

Naturally, you’ll want your bed to last as long as possible given that they’re an expensive investment in your health and lifestyle. What can you do to maximise the good times you’ll get with your bed?

First and foremost, use a mattress protector. I can’t emphasise this enough. A mattress cover is easy to pull off and throw in the washing machine regularly, and using it will protect your mattress from dust and dirt, spills, sweat stains, and other stains.

Secondly, make sure that the bed base you’re sitting the mattress on is appropriate for your bed. Don’t use an adjustable bed base on mattresses that don’t specifically say you can. If you want to use a slatted bed base, make sure the slats are close enough to each other so that it can support both the weight of the mattress and yourself.

Third, maintain your mattress. Flip as directed by the manufacturer, or if not flip, then rotate. Clean your mattress regularly. After all, how else can you prevent dust mites? You can find out how to look after your bed in this post. If you can afford it, have your mattress cleaned professionally once a year.

If you know you need to get a new mattress but can’t afford one just yet, a stop gap measure can be a mattress topper or mattress pad to give your body a bit more cushion and support. It’s not ideal, so keep in mind that this isn’t a forever solution.

Oh, and one last thing, if you have small children, try to avoid letting them jump on your bed. Of course, that’s not always possible so…. good luck.

Finding Your Perfect Mattress

So now that you know it’s time to go mattress shopping, what should you do? My suggestion is to start here, or here if you want to learn more generally about what type of mattress you might prefer.

There is a saying that anything that separates you from the ground, you should make sure is doing its job well. This includes tyres, shoes, and yes, beds. Go forth, therefore, and I wish you restful sleep all the days of your life!

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