How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress?

How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress?

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Last Updated on Jan 08, 2022

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    There is no thumb rule on how often to change a mattress, but generally, you should replace your mattress every 6 to 8 years under ideal conditions. Many factors influence the lifespan of your mattress and the time required to replace it.

    Read on to know how often you need to replace your mattress and when.

    Why Replace a Mattress?

    There are many reasons to replace a mattress, the most common being the loss of comfort. With time, the mattress begins to lose its shape and starts sagging. It makes the mattress uncomfortable and leads to inadequate and insufficient sleep.

    Insufficient sleep leads to many health disorders such as:

    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • Kidney disease

    Dust mites, dirt, and other allergens worsen allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. According to a study, mattresses accumulate large numbers of dust mites in a household.

    Factors Affecting the Lifespan of a Mattress

    Many factors affect the lifespan of a mattress. Cheap mattresses degrade much faster compared to luxurious beds. Few significant factors that impact the longevity of a mattress include:

    Mattress Material

    You can predict the durability of the mattress by checking out some specific features in the mattresses. You can check out the lower coil gauge (thicker coils) for innerspring and hybrid mattresses. You can look for higher foam density (5+ PCF for memory foam) for foam mattresses. 

    The material used to manufacture the mattress has a significant impact on the longevity of your mattress. Foam mattresses and lower-quality innerspring mattresses have a shorter lifespan than other mattresses, as they tend to sag. Hybrid mattresses also have similar issues but have more lifespan because of the high-quality materials used in their composition. Latex mattresses have the most extended lifespan of all mattresses.

    Maintenance & Care

    Just like any other product, your mattress also needs utmost care and maintenance. You can rotate the mattress after every three months and use a mattress protector. Checking the manufacturer guidelines beforehand will help in proper maintenance and care of your mattress.

    Sleeper Size & Weight

    Another significant factor affecting the longevity of your mattress is the size and weight of the sleeper. The mattress sags quickly for heavy sleepers, while lightweight sleepers have a lesser impact on the mattress. Similarly, couples will find that their mattresses sag much quicker than that of a single person.

    Children & Pets

    Sleepers who share their mattress with kids or pets may need to change their mattresses more frequently compared to others. Pets and children burden the bed with extra weight and cause stains and damage to the mattress.

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    Mattress Types and Their Lifespans

    It all comes down to this! The lifespan of your mattress depends mainly on the material your bed is made up of.

    Memory Foam Mattress

    In normal conditions, a quality memory foam mattress lasts between 10-15 years.

    Memory foam mattresses easily conform to the shape of the sleeper’s body and help relieve the sleeper’s pressure relief. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for any sleep position. They come in different materials and densities, which determine the lifespan of memory foam mattresses. 

    Latex Mattress

    According to the sleep health institute, the average lifespan of latex mattresses is between 20 – 25 years and even more in some cases. The lifespan of a latex mattress depends on whether you buy a natural latex mattress or a synthetic latex mattress.

    Hybrid Mattress

    The average lifespan of a hybrid mattress is six years.

    Hybrid mattresses are a combination of foam and innerspring mattresses. They come up in three layers, the bottom layer of the foam, the coil support system, and the top layer of foam. The durability of hybrid mattresses depends on the quality of the base layer of foam and the type of coil support system.

    Waterbed

    The average lifespan of a waterbed is around 5-10 years.

    There are two types of waterbed mattresses; the hard side waterbed and the soft side waterbed. The hard side waterbed mattresses are conventional vinyl-type mattresses, while the soft side waterbeds are made of foam boxes similar to the other beds.

    Innerspring Mattress

    The durability of an innerspring mattress is up to ten years and, in a few cases, even more than that if they are two-sided as you can rotate them to distribute the wear and tear. The innerspring mattresses are made of coil support systems. It helps in distributing the weight evenly all over the mattress.

    Tips to Make Your Mattress Last Longer

    Here are a few expert tips that will help you increase the lifespan of your mattress.

    • Use a mattress protector to protect the mattress from dirt, dust mites, sweat, and debris.
    • Support your mattress correctly with the right box spring or foundation.
    • Flip the mattress every 4 to 6 months to promote even wear and tear.
    • Clean your mattress according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Allow proper ventilation in your bedroom to reduce dust, dirt, and moisture buildup.
    • Move your mattress in an upright position to prevent damage to the inner structure of the mattress.
    • Don’t allow children to jump on the bed as this can damage the internal springs and coil structure of the mattress.
    • Replace the sheets and mattress covers occasionally to remove the air out of your mattress.

    Signs You Need a New Mattress

    Here are some of the signs that will ascertain that it’s time to replace the mattress.

    1. Wear and Tear

    If your mattress shows signs of sagging, lumping of the mattress fabric, then it may be the right time to replace your mattress.

    2. Noisy Springs

    If the springs of your mattress produce a sound, it indicates that they are worn out and need to be replaced.

    3. Symptoms of Allergies and Asthma

    If you are getting symptoms of asthma and allergies, it indicates that your mattress has caught up dust mites, dirt, and debris and needs to be replaced immediately.

    4. Symptoms of Muscle Stiffness

    If you wake up in the morning with stiffness and sore back, it indicates that the mattress is no longer comfortable as earlier.

    5. Easily Feel Your Partner Moving

    As the mattress gets older, it loses the ability to transfer motion, and you can quickly feel the movement of your mattress during the night and when your partner moves in and out of bed.

    Conclusion

    You spend roughly one-third of your life in bed, and the best way to do so is by constantly taking care of your mattress quality by replacing it at the right time. You can start by asking all the questions mentioned above and then determine whether your mattress needs replacement or not. If your mattress is older than five years, use the tips mentioned above to monitor your mattress health regularly.

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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