Since we all spend thousands of hours on our mattresses, it is not uncommon to wonder, “when should I change my mattress?” Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Instead, how long a mattress lasts depends on its type, the quality of its materials, and its use. As a general rule of thumb, the Better Sleep Council recommends that consumers change their mattress if it is seven years or older.
Signs you need to change your mattress
- Allergies worsening: Your mattress might be causing issues if you notice an uptick in symptoms and it is not allergy season. If not kept thoroughly cleaned, an older mattress can attract a build-up of allergy-aggravating dust mites.
- Coil problems or other damage: When you move around on your bed, does it make squeaking sounds? If so, that could mean there are coil problems or other damage. Coils in innerspring mattresses sag, squeak, and poke through the top layer of the mattress as they age. If you notice this or any other visible signs of use, it is probably time for a replacement.
- Muscle pain: Sleep Science reports mattresses featuring layers of foam and medium firmness could reduce muscle pain. If you wake up sore, and if the pain subsides after stretching a bit, that could mean it is time for a new or different type of mattress.
- Sagging: If you find a dent that is the same shape as your body, that is a sign that your mattress is experiencing too much wear. Sagging can occur in just about any type of mattress.
How to prolong the life of a mattress
- Avoid jumping: Kids love jumping on beds, especially innerspring mattresses featuring bouncy coils. However, that causes unnecessary pressure and weight on the coils that could cause them to break down.
- Keep your mattress clean: Vacuum your mattress at least twice annually to prevent the build-up of allergens, dust and sweat. A good way to vacuum is to do it seasonally when rotating your mattress. It is also a good idea to spot clean as soon as you see any dirt on the mattress.
- Use mattress protection: Using waterproof mattress protection, like a zippered cover, keeps it resistant to spills and other mishaps.
- Ensure proper support: If your mattress is not on a box spring, foundation, or solid platform, it is unable to wear evenly. Check with the mattress manufacturer to make sure yare using the right type of support for your mattress type.
Stop by Custom Furniture and Flooring to look and experience how a new mattress will help you catch more ZZZs and less aches and pains. Remember that a good night’s rest is vital to your overall health and happiness!