The condition of your mattress can make or break your sleep habits. And how well you sleep can have drastic consequences that reverberate throughout the rest of your life. The difference between being well-rested and not rested enough can affect job performance, relationships, and even your health and wellbeing.
Having a mattress that is the right size and material for your body is important. Just as important is what condition your mattress is in. You may have heard that your mattress should be replaced every 5-10 years, but that’s a fairly big window, and some mattress lifespans don’t even fall within it. So, how often should you change your mattress?
Your mattress lifespan depends on a few factors, so let’s break that down. Plus we’ll give you some advice on how to maintain your mattress and how to know when it’s time to replace it.
3 Signs When Your Mattress Time to Replace
1. Check Your Sleep
Analyze how you are feeling when you wake up every day for a month. If you find that you are achy and sore for an extended period, it may be due to your mattress. You might also find that you sleep better elsewhere, which means that your mattress might be nearing the end of its lifespan, or that it’s not the right material or firmness for you.
2. Watch for Signs
Depending on the mattress material, there are some signs that might be pointing to the need for replacement. That might be noisy springs, an increase in allergy symptoms when you lay down at night, your partner’s movements are waking you up more than they used to, or there is more sagging or lumps or a general lack of firmness like there used to be.
3. Check the Material
Some mattresses will last longer than others. Innerspring mattresses last around 10 years, and their lifespan can either be increased or decreased with maintenance (or lack thereof). Latex mattresses, especially organic latex, can last as long as 25 years, and some even come with a warranty to prove it. Hybrid mattresses are popular these days and consist of an innerspring lower part and a layer of dense memory foam (usually). These mattresses last somewhere around 6-8 years, depending on the user.
How to Maintain Your Mattress?
As mentioned, a mattress’s lifespan can be extended with a little maintenance. Here are some things you can do to keep your mattress lasting longer.
- Rotate — from foot to head, every six months or so. If your mattress can be flipped over, from front to back, doing that will help, too.
- Clean — vacuuming, keeping jumping kids and animals off of it, cleaning up spills and liquids asap, getting it into the fresh air and sun every so often will help it stay in good shape.
- Support — having a proper frame beneath the mattress will ensure that it doesn’t sag and pull and get damaged before its time.
Finally, if it is time to replace your mattress, well that’s exciting! Please contact MN Mattress when you purchase a new mattress. A new mattress can be life-changing. But do remember that it is your responsibility to properly dispose of your old mattress. You can either recycle it, donate it, sell it, or pay a company to take it away so that you can sleep with a clear conscience on your brand new mattress.