Most people will strip their bed and change their sheets every 10 to 14 days (although every week is recommended), and you should replace a plain-old pillow every 6 months or so, but have you ever thought about the base you sleep on?
As it’s under a sheet, it can be easy to assume a mattress stays clean and damage-free, but that isn’t the case. A mattress needs to be cared for, too.
So, let’s look at the facts and find out when to change your mattress.
How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?
Many people recommend changing your mattress every eight years; however, this may not always be the ideal time. Mattresses can last longer or could need replacing sooner, depending on the material they are made of and how they have been used. A high-quality mattress can last up to 10 years if well cared for.
Although this is the recommended timeframe, there are instances when outside circumstances may force your hand, and you may have to invest a little ahead of schedule. For example, if:
- You damage the mattress or it smells
- You are having trouble sleeping
- You sneeze a lot while in bed (likely caused by dust or allergens)
- It makes a loud noise when you move on it
- You have back or neck pain
- It has significantly sunken in areas or has lumps
- You need a different sized bed
How to Look After Your Mattress
For Happy Beds’ top tips for looking after your mattress and ensuring it stays its best for longer, take a look at our Care Guide.
Here, you’ll find helpful advice such as how to air your mattress, when to flip or rotate it, and how to remove stains.
What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Mattress?
I understand that a mattress can be a major expense, and therefore it can be tempting to put off purchasing a replacement, but can you put a price on a good night’s sleep?
A recent study at the Oklahoma State University found that people slept much better on new mattresses rather than on their own (all of which were at least 5 years old). And a better night’s sleep has a direct influence on both your physical and mental health.
For example, did you know that allergens and dust particles can build up in the fibres of your mattress? If it’s not regularly cleaned, you could find yourself having sneezing fits or itchy eyes in the night, which will surely fragment your sleep and cause you to be tired the following day.
Plus, as you age, your body becomes more sensitive to pressure. Therefore, if you’re an older adult, you may suffer from mattress related issues (pain or poor sleep) sooner than a younger person. So, don’t put off buying a new bed!
Is it Time for You to Buy a New Mattress?
If you think the time has finally come for your old-faithful mattress to be upgraded, we can help. With open coil springs to reflex foam, and a whole variety of sizes, you’re sure to find a value for money replacement mattress online with us.
Happy Beds has been featured in The Mattress Guide, so take a look now for a good night's sleep!