How Long Does A Mattress REALLY Last?
Your mattress is your comfort zone. And a good mattress supports and comforts your body and provides a haven from the drudgeries and stress of the day. As a mattress ages though, that vital support from your mattress might begin to falter, leaving you restless at night…and perhaps even with sore muscles.
A good mattress should provide a 10-year warranty, meaning that it should last up to a decade free from manufacturing defects. However, The Better Sleep Council recommends swapping out a mattress after seven years – why the difference of 3 years?
The 7-year replacement recommendation is based on 2 factors:
- Comfort and Support: over time innersprings lose their springy-ness and foam loses some of its finer pressure relief and support characteristics. The mattress is still in working shape, but it’s just not as comfortable as it was when new. This is the reason why most hotels replace their mattresses every 5-6 years.
- Our needs change: As we get older, our needs change as we gain or lose weight, or our body needs different levels of support and pressure relief. Simply put, as our body changes we should also change our mattress to meet the needs of our body.
So how do you know when it’s time to change your mattress? What factors affect the quality, durability and comfort of a mattress?
- Age: If your mattress has celebrated a decade, then it’s retirement time! Start looking to find a replacement. The one exception are quality latex mattresses which can often surpass the decade mark with proper care.
- Damage: Broken coils, indentations that don’t bounce back or even rips and tears may signal that your mattress has seen better days.
- Physical discomfort: Waking up with a sore back or neck every morning might be yet another sign to shop for a new mattress. Remember, the mattress might still be good and it’s actually your body telling you that your body has changed and needs something different.
- Squeaking: Your mattress shouldn’t talk! If you hear lots of squeaking (this is especially true for coiled mattresses), then it’s time for a new one.
- Bed bugs or other creepy crawlies: Dust mites are common for pillows and mattresses. Some people may be extremely sensitive to them and need to replace their mattress sooner. And bed bugs are non negotiable. Always replace a mattress that was infested or invest in a bed bug-proof mattress encasement!
- Shrinking depth: Years of sleep and body weight may begin to squash your mattress. A mattress that isn’t looking nearly as thick or plush as its early days is ready for a date with the mattress recycling center! (don;t forget that rotating the mattress every 6 months help extend its lifetime)
Mattress Age: A Decade of Sleep
Many of today’s mattress models include a 10-year warranty. But this doesn’t mean that the mattress you purchase is guaranteed to be the right mattress for up to a decade.
2920 provides a 10-year warranty against material defects. The warranty also stipulates that the mattress can be replaced if it begins to form a depression of an inch or more before 10 years.
While many mattresses are under warranty for 10 years, they still may need to be replaced sooner. This really depends on your lifestyle and how well you care for your mattress.
Ideally, though, your new mattress should last a decade!
What Damage is Ok…and What Isn’t
Some mattress damage or issues won’t impact the mattress support and comfort. There is a big difference between cosmetic issues and true mattress damage.
Cosmetic damage includes staining, pulled threads or maybe even a few snags. These issues happen with daily use and they can’t always be avoided.
Your sheets may cause that white mattress to take on another hue because of color bleeding or a drink may spill. Again, none of these issues will affect the durability or comfort of the mattress.
However, holes or deep depressions will affect the mattress comfort and durability. You shouldn’t place massive amounts of weight on your mattress, especially on memory foam or foam mattresses.
Yes, the mattress is designed to hold body weight, but it isn’t the place to stack bulky furniture with sharp edges when you’re rearranging the room. The mattress also is NOT a trampoline; the warranty will not protect against damage from kids jumping on the bed!
You don’t necessarily need to replace your mattress if it has cosmetic damage, but you should shop for a replacement if there is damage that impacts the comfort and performance of the mattress.
Waking Up in Pain Because of Mattress Mayhem
We’ve all woken up in the morning with a sore neck or back. Sometimes we sleep in a bad position or maybe a partner (or fur baby) has forced our body to contort strangely at night because of the cramped space.
But if you’re waking up with muscle discomfort every single morning, there could be issues with your mattress. A sore back or neck or just crampy muscles could mean that the support is lacking. Or it may mean that your pillow needs to be changed.
You also may just find that falling asleep is more difficult because you can’t get comfortable. And, of course, all that tossing and turning could lead to sleepless nights and dreary mornings.
When the mattress just doesn’t feel soothing and supportive any longer, you need to toss it and upgrade.
A Singing Mattress: Squeaky Squeaky!
Does your mattress have coils? And does it sing to you every time you move? You know that awful chirping sound? The squeaky cries of old coils.
As a mattress ages, it may become a bit more…vocal. Even older memory foam mattresses may lose their impact resistance and cause bed frame noise to be more noticeable.
But is it always your mattress making that noise? Obviously, if your mattress is only a few years old, you may have issues with the bed frame. Nothing lasts forever, so it could mean that the bed itself needs an upgrade or you could even try to DIY those squeaks.
A mattress that is pushing double digits and squeaking is one that needs to hit the curb.
Buggin’ Out: Dust Mites & Bed Bugs
If you’re an allergy sufferer who is sensitive to dust mites, you should be covering mattresses and pillows with dust mite covers. And you also may need to replace mattresses more frequently.
Unfortunately, bed bug infestations are a common problem, too. For those who travel for work, bed bugs can hitch a ride on suitcases and clothes. And an infestation may soon begin.
Mattresses that have been infested with bed bugs may need to be replaced.
Shrinking Size: When the Mattress Depth Decreases
The width of your mattress should not change dramatically through the years. Over time, though, you will notice that the depth begins to shrink a bit.
A decreased mattress depth is an indication that the mattress has endured its share of wear and that its support may be compromised. So how do you notice that decreased depth?
When you’re changing the sheets, check the snugness of the fitted sheet. Is there suddenly more room in the corner pockets of the sheet? This may be a sign that the mattress depth is wearing down.
You also may notice the mattress looking smaller in your bed frame. Any physical changes to the depth are signs that the mattress may need to be replaced.
What if after 10 years, your mattress still feels and looks great? Can you hold off on another purchase? This is really up to you. Some people love to travel, so, of course, they sleep elsewhere during their trips. If you use your bed less frequently, then, yes, the mattress may last longer than normal.
As a rule, though, you should replace your mattress after a decade. There are so many new advancements in mattress support technology that could positively impact your comfort and lead to an even better night’s sleep!
Every moment of sleep is vital to our wellness. If you’re not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, it’s time to find out why. If that old mattress is causing more nightmares than sweet dreams, then you need to send it to the dumpster!
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