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How often should you replace your mattress?

Waking up refreshed depends on some factors, and one of the most important is your mattress. Your mattress is one of the predominant factors behind good rest, but at what point does your mattress lose its ability to guarantee refreshing sleep? When is it imperative to replace it? Is it time to trash your mattress?

How long does a mattress last?

Determining how long a mattress lasts can be a cumbersome task, as this is a variable that depends on many factors. An indication of possible longevity of your mattress is determined by the type of product, the materials used, and also the technologies with which it is made.

Generally speaking, the average life span of a mattress is estimated between 8 to 10 years. The estimate refers to standard use and following the instructions on the mattress guide, but other factors also affect the life span of a mattress. For example, the sleeper’s body structure may make a difference — a sturdy body might deteriorate the mattress faster, especially when it comes to the foam, padding, and springs in the mattress. Another factor is the mattress’ base support — the supporting structure should prevent the mattress from deteriorating by offering support at the major pressure points.

Mattress durability should not only be considered in terms of sagging, but also in terms of hygiene. During usage, there is a buildup of dust, sweat, and flakes of skin that settle in the bed, presenting fertile ground for the proliferation of bacteria, spores, and mites. This not only affects your quality of sleep, but also the overall well-being of the user since these microbes can trigger respiratory allergies.

Mattress mileage varies depending on the materials used and how you look after your product throughout the years.

How often should you replace your mattress?

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Most mattresses are designed to last for a reasonable amount of time, but over time, they all tend to lose their resilience and stiffness. A mattress must provide the right support without sinking in and also ensure that the spine maintains its S-shaped curve. Some of the best-quality mattresses are made of memory foam. However, mattresses covered with special hypoallergenic linings usually have a shorter life span and begin to lose their quality after six years.

There are certain signs to watch out for that indicate that it is time for a mattress change. One of these is a loss of stiffness. Another indication is the appearance of allergic symptoms, such as colds and sore throats, especially in people who are not normally prone to allergies. Other signs include waking up frequently during the night, feeling joint pain, and being more tired than usual.

In general, you should purchase a new mattress every 10 years so that the mattress you use always has its viscoelastic properties. Furthermore, a mattress that’s still in good shape will allow for better airflow, making it softer and more durable.

That 10-year suggestion isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, and you may be able to extend the life of your mattress even more if you take good care of it. Every season (or whenever you feel it sagging), rotate your mattress to avoid unnecessary wear and tear. Flip your mattress every three to six months, which will help distribute your body weight correctly. Use a waterproof mattress protector to keep your mattress feeling and looking new. Ensure your mattress is resting on a supportive foundation, too. A sturdy foundation is your best option to prevent sagging.

Conclusively, how often you change your mattress depends on a number of factors. These factors include the quality of the starting material (especially the padding), the number of nights spent in that bed, and the frequency and quality of your mattress maintenance. Keeping all of these tips in mind will help you to have restful and rejuvenating sleep for the next decade.

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