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How Often Should You Change Your Mattress

A mattress is a worthwhile investment that you should spend your money on wisely. While there is no hard fast rule, it is generally recommended that you purchase a new mattress every seven to eight years.

With that being said, there is a little more to take into consideration on a case by case basis when deciding to replace your existing mattress. Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that may impact when you determine to make the switch to a new mattress. 

How often should you change your mattress?

It is generally recommended that you change your mattress every seven to eight years, depending on the quality and durability. There are various factors that influence the durability and lifespan of the mattress. These include the following:

  • Type of material and construction
  • Frequency of use
  • The weight of sleepers
  • Care and maintenance
  • General changes in weight, health and musculature of the sleeper (INFO - A major change to a sleepers’ weight or general health can make what was a good fit and make it a miserable experience.  Think car accident or pregnancy as obvious examples. Also, like an eyeglasses prescription, the need changes over time.)

The type of material and construction of the mattress can certainly influence its durability with some materials being longer-lasting than others. 

If you travel often and aren’t sleeping every night on your mattress, then that could impact its longevity, for example. The weight of the sleepers can also impact how worn the mattress is over the years that follow.

Finally, your own efforts to care for and maintain the mattress will also determine how long it lasts. How can you prolong a mattress? Well, there are a few ways to ensure your new mattress remains in good condition:

  1. Ensure you clean and maintain your mattress regularly.
  2. Invest in a mattress topper or protector.
  3. Rotate or flip the mattress from time to time (if you have a mattress that can be slept on both sides).

Ultimately, how you feel your mattress continues to serve you in having a comfortable and supportive night’s sleep will be the strongest factor in deciding when to make a replacement. 

The benefits of a good mattress

Replacing a mattress may also offer an opportunity to try a new style (switching from pure memory foam to hybrid, for example) or even upgrade to a higher end model. 

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Improved sleep

A good night’s sleep is always a great addition to your well-being both in mind and physical health. With a new mattress, there may be an immediate improvement in support versus a more worn mattress - leading to a better night’s sleep. 

Reduced aches and pains

If your old mattress isn’t providing sufficient support, then you may begin to feel this in your body over time in the way of increased aches and pains. Replacing your mattress when the time comes can help address this. 

Helps provide a more relaxed space

There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your bedroom. After all, the bedroom should be a relaxed space. A new mattress may improve your mood by building a connection between the comfort you feel and the space that you are in. 

Five tips to pick the best mattress for you 

If you’re looking to buy a new mattress, here are a few tips to help pick out the right one for you.

Determine your budget

What is your budget? There are some mattresses that would be considered a bargain at just a few hundred dollars. However, if you’re looking to invest in a mattress that’s longer-lasting, you may find that it is worth it to spend a little more if your budget allows.

However, make sure you’re doing some comparisons because not every expensive mattress necessarily means you’re getting the best for your needs. Do the research and make sure to read the reviews and ideally try before you buy.

The type of sleeper you are

The type of sleeper you are will certainly determine what type of mattress you have. For example, if you’re a side sleeper, you might find that a medium to soft-medium mattress is the best for you.

For back sleepers, medium-firm mattresses may be the best option, so it’s good to consider the type of sleeper you are before making a purchase. 

Don’t forget to try before you buy

For those that offer trials, you’ll be able to get a good feel for the mattress over the course of the trial period. Once the trial period is over, you’ll be able to determine whether or not it's for you.

If you’re wondering whether to replace your mattress, it’s good to be aware of the signs. For example, visible wear and tear is often a common one. Poor sleep quality and the development of allergies can also be a sign that it’s time to be out with the old and in with the new.

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