If you’re asking the question, “When Should I Buy a New Mattress?” then you probably have a good idea already that it’s nearly time to replace it. In truth, there are multiple contributing factors when trying to figure out when to buy a new mattress, including the type of mattress, the quality and how well you look after it. So, we’ve put together this handy guide to try and help you decern when it’s the magic moment to ditch that old, worn out mattress and get a brand new one.
Different types of mattress
There are a variety of different types of mattresses and they all vary in lifespan. Find your mattress below…
Spring coils help distribute your weight evenly across the mattress and usually last up to 8-10 years maximum, therefore they are a stable choice for most people. However, depending on the quality of the product, this number could vary considerably. So, it’s up to you to notice the tell-tale signs and decide when it’s time to trade it in.
A memory foam mattress, in its nature, has less components that could potentially wear out, therefore they usually last longer. Memory foam mattresses also last longer because they return to their original shape after use. As a result, memory foam mattresses last up to 10-15 years maximum. However, they still need a regular rotation to ensure they last this long.
Similar to memory foam, latex mattresses also have a long life. They have been known to last up to 20-25 years! However, be aware that on average synthetic latex lasts up to 6-8 years, whereas organic latex mattresses, on average last up to 8-10 years.
Hybrid mattresses don’t last as long because comfort relies on the relationship between the springs and the foam working in tandem. Typically they last between 6-7 years.
Although initially a pillowtop mattress sounds and feels like a luxury, the extra layer won’t necessarily increase its lifespan. The cushion layer can break down and leave an uneven sleeping surface, just like any other mattress surface. So, we recommend replacing it after the same time as an innerspring or foam mattress.
No-Turn vs Turnable
There are many advantages to a no-turn mattress, especially if you have back problems or would be unable to lift it. However, compared to a turnable mattress, it will not last as long. Turning your mattress helps spread the effect of wear and tear, elongating the time it will remain comfortable to sleep on.
Why should I replace my mattress?
No-one can deny the physical and mental health benefits of a good night’s sleep. It refreshes us for the day so we can live to our full potential. It is also linked to the longer prevention of health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. Sleep keeps our mental health in check resulting in a happier life. It is difficult to function if you have low-energy levels, you’re not alert or in you are in a bad mood. So, if you are having any doubts about how your mattress is affecting your sleep it might be time to replace your mattress.
It’s even more crucial for allergy sufferers to change your mattress. As time goes on, your mattress collects dust, dead skin cells and even unwanted visitors. Bed bugs and dust mites will aggravate allergic reactions and asthma attacks. So, if you are finding that you have increased allergic reactions while in bed it might be time to change your mattress.
9 Tell-tale signs you need a new mattress
As discussed, your mattress’ lifetime depends drastically on what type it is. So, you will often need to use common sense to work out if it’s time to replace it. Due to the fact that mattresses wear down slowly, you might not have noticed that your mattress was affecting your sleep. Here are a few things to look out for to know if you need to change your mattress.
- Age – Is your bed 7-8 years old? 7-8 years, according to The Sleep Council and the National Bed Federation, is the optimum time to change your mattress. If your mattress gets to this age you might want to start thinking about if it’s still providing you comfort.
- Wear and Tear – Is your mattress sagging, dipping or lumpy in the middle where you sleep or on the edges? If yes, this will be affecting your comfort and the quality of your sleep.
- Spinal Alignment – Your spine should be straight while you sleep. If it is bent, whether you’re on your front, back or side, this is a sign that your mattress has sagged and that it’s time to get a new one.
- Waking up sore – Waking up sore is a sign that your mattress is no longer supporting your pressure points and your muscles have to over-compensate while you sleep, leaving them sore and achy. An unsupportive mattress either means that the fibres have broken down leaving a dip or the springs have given up and it has started to sag.
- Waking up tired – If your bed is uncomfortable or not supporting you properly, you will toss and turn more frequently. This reduces the overall quality of your sleep and therefore will make you tired. If this is happening it’s time to trade in that mattress!
- Gained or lost weight – If you have gained or lost a significant amount of weight your mattress could have become ill-suited for you since the time you bought it. This is because the less you weigh the firmer you need your mattress to be able to support your pressure points and keep your spine aligned.
- Sleeping better elsewhere – If you can’t tell if your mattress is affecting your sleep, a good way to tell is comparing it to another bed. If you’ve slept around a friends house or in a hotel recently and you got a better night’s sleep your mattress is on the way out.
- Disturbed by your partner – If your partner is keeping you awake or if you are keeping them awake, this could be a sign that your mattress is not providing the ultimate sleeping conditions for you both to get the best sleep you could possibly have.
- Noises – Often if the springs are worn out the mattress will creak and ping while you move around on it. This is a sign that your mattress is worn out.
How can you help make your mattress last longer?
Your mattress’ life also depends on how well you take care of it. These remedies will not make your mattress last forever, but it will help elongate its life.
- Use a mattress protector against spills, dust and debris.
- Make sure the correct frame supports your mattress.
- Rotate every 3-6 months and if it’s a turnable mattress, turn every 6-12 months to distribute wear and tear evenly.
- Clean your mattress as specified by the manufacturer.
- Open your windows regularly to air and dry out the mattress.
- Keep pets off the bed to prevent any damage from teeth and claws.
- Don’t jump on the bed! This really does break it.
- Remove sheets and mattress covers regularly to air it out.
- Regularly vacuum to reduce the build-up of dust mites, dust and dead skin cells.
Sleep is crucial for us to live our lives and our mattresses directly affect our sleep quality. 8 years is the average time you should keep your mattress for, but this number varies from mattress to mattress. Look for the tell-tale signs that inform you when your mattress is worn out to ensure that you get the best possible sleep you can.
If you need a new mattress read our helpful Buyer’s Guide “How to Buy a Mattress” to get you on your way.