You may not know this, but on average you spend a third of your lifetime on your mattress. By the age of 75, you’ll have spent about 25 years in bed. This much time in bed puts a lot of wear and tear on your mattress! With this much use, your mattress should typically last about 7-10 years before needing to be replaced.
The quality of your mattress and the materials it is made of can contribute to how long it will last. Another factor to consider is how well you care for and maintain your mattress. Most of you may not realize that you must actually take care of your mattress.
Taking care of your mattress will keep it in good condition. Doing this will make it last a lot longer than the average 7 years. You should keep your mattress clean by regularly vacuuming to keep dust mites and mold spores to a minimum. Try not to eat or drink anything while in bed. But if you do, make sure you clean it up immediately.
When you think of needing to rotate something, you probably think of tires before a mattress. You have your tires rotated every 6 months to keep the wear on the tread even and you should also be rotating your mattress. Typically this rotation needs to be done every three to four months, especially with new mattresses. It helps to evenly break in a new mattress; without putting a strain on your back while getting used to it. Regularly rotating your mattress will prevent it from sagging and help keep your mattress like new.
Ditching your old mattress and buying a new one doesn’t happen at the same time for everyone. While the average lifespan of a mattress is around eight years, some mattresses have been known to last for up to fifteen years or more. There are several different types of mattresses to choose from which can also contribute to how long your mattress will last.
- A coil mattress is expected to last 7-8 years, but most people tend to need a replacement by year 5.
- The popular Tempur foam mattresses can be made of low-density foam that lasts on average 4-6 years, while the medium to high-density foam can last 8-10 years.
- Latex mattresses last the longest. On average your latex mattress will last at least 20 years or more.
Everyone’s usage and sleep patterns are different, so these are really just approximate numbers. You should frequently do a once-over of your mattress to check for wear and tear. Keeping your mattress in good condition will pay off since mattresses can be expensive. However, you may still need a new mattress before the average time if you experience one of these problems:
- You no longer get a good night’s sleep. You wake up during the night or in the morning with body aches. If you are not comfortable while you are lying down and experience neck or back pain.
- You can notice visible wear and tear like sagging in certain areas or lumpy sections of your mattress. You can feel the bed springs while lying down or hear them when you move around.
- You’ve kept your mattress rotated every 3 months, and you have tried flipping it, but it still doesn’t feel any different or more comfortable.
- You have allergies, and you have not been able to make it better by vacuuming your mattress. Not using a hypoallergenic bed cover can increase the number of dust mites and worsen your allergies.
- You have had the mattress for longer than the recommended time. Your mattress may feel bulky and heavier than usual.
- If you’re older and have been sleeping on the same mattress, it could have conformed to your body. You may think that this means extra comfort, but it is just the opposite. When your mattress is old and broken in it can put a strain on your pressure points, which become more sensitive with age. Stress on your pressure points can disrupt your sleep which can affect your overall health and well-being. It can also cause back and neck pain or cause you to toss and turn during the night. This can cause you to feel restless, fatigued and irritable.
Only you can decide whether you need a new mattress or not. When you do realize that you need to replace your old mattress keep quality in mind. Buying a high-quality mattress may be expensive, but it will pay off in the long run!