How to Know When You Need a New Mattress
How old is your current mattress?
If you’re unsure, you’re not alone — it’s not something people usually think about replacing unless they’re moving, or they’ve noticed telltale signs it’s time for a new one. You’ve logged tens of thousands of hours on your mattress, sleeping on it every night (and napping every once in awhile), so it’s no surprise that it will eventually need to be replaced
While the saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” can apply to a number of household items, you shouldn’t wait for a giant hole or a visible spring to replace your mattress. There are some other signs in addition to age that are essential to watch out for when asking, “How long is a mattress good for?”
How long does a mattress last?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a mattress lasts 7-10 years. There are other signs to watch out for: waking up achy or in pain after a night of sleep, deep sags or dips in the mattress, if you sleep better away from home, or if there is visible wear and tear. If you notice any of these, it’s probably time to replace your mattress.
A number of factors determine when to buy a new mattress, including the age of the mattress, the type you purchased, and how you care for it. Some of these are out of your control, while others are absolutely in your hands. Either way, these signs are how to know when you need a new mattress.
Mattress Lifespan Varies by Type
There are three common types of mattresses: innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid. Innerspring mattresses are the most common in households and range in firmness from extra firm to pillow top. These mattresses usually need to be replaced more often because after nearly a decade of use, the springs can begin to cause pressure points as you sleep, making you uncomfortable and your sleep quality lower.
Memory foam mattresses are made up of several layers of dense foam and are designed to conform to your body contour. This type of mattress tends to last up to 10 years but owners can notice permanent divits in the mattress as you continue to sleep in the same position night after night.
Hybrid mattresses are just that — a hybrid of the other two, a combination of memory foam and coils. Hybrid mattresses retain the classic supportive feel of an innerspring mattress with the pressure relieving benefits that memory foam offers. These hold a spot with memory foam at the upper cusp of the 7-10 year standard. Don’t guess which mattress is best for you, try bedMATCH and know for sure.
Worn-Out Mattress Can Disturb Your Sleep
Your mattress supports you for approximately eight hours a night — double that if you have a partner sleeping a few inches away from you. But if you’re finding that you toss and turn to get comfortable and your sleep quality isn’t great, those are signs.
- If you find you sleep much better in hotels — your home mattress may not be giving your body the support it needs at night.
- If you wake up stiff and sore, you could be experiencing pressure points from your mattress’s coils, or maybe your standard sleep position has worn down foam in certain areas, resulting in minimal support for your body contour.
- If you feel movement when your partner shifts normally in the night, your mattress quality may be compromised.
Wondering when to replace your mattress? Do the math.
The general rule of thumb is to replace your mattress every seven to ten years. But, other factors than age can play a role. Your mattress needs to match you, and your lifestyle. As you get older or go through a major lifestyle shift, you may want to consider a new mattress.
How do you make a mattress last longer?
Because of the constant pressure your mattress endures each night, it will naturally age and experience wear and tear. But there are steps you can take to extend the longevity of your mattress:
- Rotate your mattress (and flip it if you can)
- Use a mattress protector to extend the life of your mattress
- Clean it regularly — vacuum, handheld steamer and no crumbs or spills
- Keep it dry — use baking soda to absorb moisture and then vacuum
- Clean your bedding roughly once a week
There are really two categories of mattress protection: things to help it keep its shape and steps to keep it free of odor and stains. By rotating your mattress at least every three months, avoiding jumping on the bed, and being thoughtful about pets on the bed, you’ll keep the shape of the bed in much better condition. Keeping your mattress free of spills, crumbs, and dirt will not only extend its life but will decrease the risk of bed bugs or dust mites holing up in the crevices.
How to Choose a New Mattress
If some of these warning signs resonated with you, or you knew the age of your mattress and it was closer to two decades than one, how do you choose a new mattress?
Luckily, when shopping for a new mattress, it’s not a guessing game. There’s a scientific approach to finding out which mattress is best for you. BedMATCH uses a combination of height, weight, pressure points, and your sleep preferences to make choosing a mattress that’s personalized for you much easier.
Let’s say your average mattress lasts you eight years. A lot can change in that amount of time — physical data, your sleep preferences and the size of the bed you’re sleeping in. We spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping, so it’s important to think seriously about the best mattress for you.
- Mattress Warehouse