Buying a mattress can be a daunting task, the wide range of options available can be overwhelming. But having selected your perfect mattress, how long should it be before you need to change it again?
How Long Before You Should Change Your Mattress Again
As a general rule mattresses typically last somewhere between eight and ten years, but there are many factors that can influence whether you get this many years from your mattress, a lot more or a lot less.
What Factors Influence the Lifespan of Your Mattress
Mattress Quality – Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Invest in a good quality mattress and it’s more like to stand the test of time.
What It’s Made From – Mattresses are made from a wide range of materials; latex, memory foam, sprung mattress and so on. What your mattress is made from and how long it will last are linked. Latex mattresses tend to be very long lasting, but perhaps not the most popular, lasting up to twenty five years. Waterbeds, again perhaps not the most popular, in contrast tend to have a much shorter lifespan, lasting as little as five years.
How Much It’s Used - Whilst perhaps stating the obvious, the more a mattress is used, the more it is going to deteriorate with age. As it is the usage rather than the age of the mattress per se that will influence how long it lasts. The mattress on the bed in your guest room is likely to outlive the mattress on your own bed if you sleep on it every night.
Mattress Care - How your mattress is cared for will naturally impact how many years you get to enjoy it for. Avoid eating in bed, avoid letting pets in your bed, use a mattress protector and clean and vacuum your mattress regularly.
Wear and Tear – Despite your best efforts, if your mattress begins to show signs of wear and tear this is likely to bring forward your decision to replace it.
You’ve Changed Your Bed – Perhaps you’ve changed your bed frame and as a result your mattress may no longer be suitable. Should you be changing your bed frame, that your existing mattress will continue to fit is certainly something to check. Unless of course you’re deliberately decided on a whole new bed.
You Rotate Your Mattress – Rotating or flipping your mattress over to the other side every few months can be a great strategy for prolonging its life. But unfortunately these days mattresses are mostly designed to be slept on one side only.
Medical Reasons – At the onset of long-term aches and pains, a bad back or a dodgy hip maybe, changing your mattress can contribute to improved circumstances and sleep quality.
Good quality sleep can be very beneficial to overall good health. The considerations listed above will hopefully serve as a helpful guide to mattress lifespan. One thing we know for sure however – if you’re not waking up each morning feeling refreshed, energised and ready to take on the day, maybe it’s time to consider a mattress change.