How often should you replace your mattress?
Table of content
- General recommendations
- Why should you replace your mattress?
- How can I tell it’s time to replace my mattress?
If you’re wondering if it’s time to replace your mattress, it probably is. There’s no universal rule of thumb, but if your mattress has become uncomfortable or is showing obvious signs of wear, it’s probably best to look for a replacement.
On average, a mattress has a lifespan of about eight years. Depending on the quality and type of your model, you may have a little more or less time. What types of mattresses are there?
Sprung. Independent quality springs can last up to 10 years, sometimes longer if the mattress is reversible and can be flipped over for even wear.
Foam, with memory foam effect. The material and density of the foam determine how many nights the mattress will support you. With proper care, you can expect 10 to 15 years.
Latex. Here it depends on whether it’s natural latex or synthetic latex. Some of the former have a warranty of 20 or even 25 years.
Hybrid. Such mattresses are a complex structure of several layers: Foam and springs – and here everything depends on the quality of the components.
With a “pillow” on top. It seems that the extra layer should help, but it deteriorates over time and can make the lying surface lumpy before this would be the case with a conventional mattress.
Waterbed. Although this type of mattress isn’t very popular at the moment, we should mention it: it can last between 5 and 10 years.
Why should you replace your mattress?
Over the years, only the wine gets better. A mattress, no matter how good and expensive it’s, loses its shape over time, and subsidence and bumps don’t contribute to a good night’s sleep.
In addition, over time dust mites and other allergens accumulate in mattresses, which is especially dangerous for people with allergies, asthma and other respiratory diseases.
How can I tell it’s time to replace my mattress?
If you notice any of the following signs (or even more than one), it’s time.
1) Degree of wear and tear. Your mattress isn’t alive if you’re falling into pits, feeling bumps and spring coils in your back.
2) Extraneous noise. The squeaking of the springs when you move means that they’re worn out and no longer provide the necessary support.
3) Physical pain. When the mattress becomes uncomfortable and no longer supports your body as it did in the beginning, you wake up with a stiff neck, back and muscle tension.
4) Allergies or asthma increase. Vacuuming and regular cleaning will help for a while, but if symptoms don’t go away, a change is needed.
5) You wake up when your partner turns over. The old mattress is no longer able to dampen the impulse of foreign movements.
6) The load has changed. Have you gained weight or taken on a steady partner? It’s worth checking the weight limit of the mattress.
You spend about a third of your life in bed, and a good night’s sleep is essential to your health. Keep this in mind if you decide to put up with an uncomfortable mattress for a while longer. A simple change can have a positive impact on your back, nerve and respiratory health. If the pain and other uncomfortable symptoms persist, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Now you know everything about how to make your night’s rest comfortable. You can check out our Mattress ratings.
I wish you a good night’s rest!