How Long Does a Mattress Last?

You may not know this but on average you spend a third of your lifetime on your mattress. By age 75, you’ll have spent about 25 of those years in bed. That 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 materials that it is made up of can contribute to how long it will last.

Another factor to consider is care and maintenance of your mattress. Most of you may not know that you must actually take care of your mattress. Taking care of your mattress will keep it in good condition. This will make it last a lot longer than 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 on your bed and if you do make sure you clean it up immediately.

When you think of rotating, you may think tires. You usually have your tires rotated every four to six months to keep the tread even. 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 strain on your back while getting used to it. Rotating your mattress regularly will prevent 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 usual time is around 8 years or so;some have been know to last for up to 15 years or more. There are several different types to choose from which can also contribute to how long your mattress will last:

A coil mattress usually is expected to last 7 to 8 years,but most people tend to need a replacement by year 5. Foam mattresses are just beyond that at 5 to 7 years.

Latex ones, usually last longer than the others combined.Typically, your latex mattress will last at least 20 years or more.

Everyone is different, so these are really just numbers. You should do a once-over of your mattress frequently to check for wear and tear. Keeping your mattress in good condition will pay off since they are so pricey. However, you may still need a new mattress before your time expires, if you experience one of these problems:

You no longer get a good night’s sleep. You wake up at 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 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 dust mites and worsen your allergies.

You have had your mattress for longer than the recommended time. Your mattress may feel bulky and heavier than usual.

If you’re older and have been sleeping in the same bed, it may be formed to your body. You may think that means extra comfort, but it is just the opposite. When your mattress is old and broken in it can put 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 all 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 definitely pay off!

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