How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

Did you know that on average a person will sleep for 229,961 hours in their lifetime, which is an astonishing one third of their entire existence in bed! That is a long, long time, so it makes sense that we would want our bed to be as comfortable and cosy as possible! However, for many of us, whilst we spend a lot of time deciding on the style and design of our bedframe, changing it as frequently as our tastes evolve and to keep up with the latest trends, we often forget about the heart of our bed, the mattress!

How often should you change your mattress?

So, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you should change your mattress roughly every 8 years. After a while a mattress will begin to lose its shape and start to sag, creating not just an uncomfortable sleeping experience, but also an unhealthy sleeping environment for you, which will start to impact on your physical health.

What are the signs you need to replace your mattress?

There are a number of signifiers that may start to show that you need to replace your mattress before the 8-year mark is up. These are:

Wear and Tear – Including lumps, sagging and coils poking through the fabric.

Increase in Allergies – Mattresses attract dust mites and other allergens that live in your home. After a while you may start to notice that your allergies or asthma have worsened, which may be associated with an accumulation of these dust mites in your mattress. Regular cleaning of your mattress can help, but if your symptoms don’t improve then you will need to change your mattress.

Bad Back – Waking up with achy bones and/or a bad back can be a sign that your mattress is no longer supporting your body properly as you sleep. A new mattress will help you get a comfortable night’s sleep, waking up feeling rested rather than sore.

Noisy Bed – A squeaky bed can indicate that the coils and springs in your mattress have started to become worn.

Feel Your Partner Moving – A good mattress will reduce motion transfer, meaning that you are able to sleep soundlessly regardless of the tossing and turning next to you. If you start to be able to feel the person next to you moving, then it is likely that your mattress has begun to lose its structural integrity and needs to be replaced.

How can you make your mattress last longer?

Whilst mattresses should be replaced if you start to experience any of the above, you can help reduce these happening too early on in your mattresses life with some of the following:

  • Rotate the mattress every 3 to 6 months - Some mattresses are two-sided, so these can be flipped, however, more and more mattresses are made one-sided. If this is the case, then simply spinning the mattress will do.
  • Use a mattress protector
  • Ventilate your bedroom – open your windows regularly to help keep your room ventilated and reduce dust and moisture build-up.
  • Clean your vacuum and clean your mattress

If your mattress is starting to feel like it is past its best then take a look at our fabulous range, from memory pocket to Viscbreathe pocket, and for all sizes of beds, from single to super-king size.

Sleep well!

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