How Often Should You Replace a Mattress?

The Main Question: Is It Comfortable?

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How often you replace your mattress does not really have a timetable. More than anything, it depends on whether you still have a comfortable sleeping surface or not. Many health issues can stem from a mattress that is long past its prime or is not suitable for the sleeper.

If you have been using a good support for the mattress it might last longer. And whether you use a boxspring or a bed frame make sure the mattress is getting enough support.

A center support on a bed frame gives the mattress extra support and helps prevent early sagging.

Durability Guidelines for Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses generally last for at least seven to 10 years, but they can and often do last longer. How soon your mattress wears out depends on many factors. Maybe the foremost consideration is the quality of the mattress you bought to begin with.

Better-quality mattresses are made from better materials. The coils are more resilient and the padding is more dense as compared to lesser-quality mattresses. Many innerspring mattresses are two-sided, which means you can flip them over to distribute the wear and tear. If you do that regularly, you can make your mattress last longer.

The weight of those sleeping on the mattress is also a consideration. Heavier users wear out their mattresses sooner.

Durability Guidelines for Foam Mattresses

There are many different types of foam and combinations, so as with innerspring mattresses, there are no hard and fast rules.

A good memory foam mattress might last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Buying a quality foam mattress might let you keep it longer. It helps to check out mattress reviews and to buy a reputable brand.

You don't need to turn over your foam mattress, but you might need to turn it around on the bed, so that the head is where the foot used to be, from time to time to reduce chances of depressions from body weight.

Durability Guidelines for Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses are comparatively new to the market so there's not enough information yet to know what their longevity is yet. Most hybrid mattresses have coils in their core with different combinations of foam, latex, and gel in the thick padding that is wrapped around the coils.

It is thought that these will last at least as long or a little longer than innerspring mattresses.

Signs of Wear and Tear

You should not take anyone's word for how long your mattress should last. Buying a mattress is a big investment, but it is also an investment in your health. A reputable brand might be worth the extra money.

Check your mattress every now and then to see how it feels. You should definitely look into replacing yours when any one of these happens:

  • You are uncomfortable when you lie down and wake up tired and achy.
  • You see visible signs of wear and tear in your mattress. There is sagging or you notice lumps. You can hear the bed springs when you lie down.
  • You've tried rotating it or flipping it, but to no avail. It still doesn't feel more comfortable.
  • You suffer from allergies and have had the mattress for a long time. If you have not been using protective, allergy-reducing covers, dust mites could pose a problem. Even the cleanest of beds can have dust mites. There are other ways of addressing the dust mite problem, but it helps to start with a clean, mite-free mattress.
  • You are older than 40 and have been sleeping on the same sleep surface for around 10 years. Your body becomes more sensitive to pressure points with age. Pressure points can lead to tossing and turning and disturbed sleep, which can be bad for your overall health.