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How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress?
As we all know sleep quality is the key to life quality. So what is the key to sleep? The answer is the mattress!To keep your sleep quality stable, replacing an old mattress regularly is important. But when? Should I replace my mattress every month? Of course not! But how often should we replace our mattresses? And how can we know if a mattress needs to be replaced? Let's find the truth via this article!
How often should you change your mattress, and what factors affect the lifespan of your mattress?
How often should you change your mattress? There are no exact numbers for the answer. Usually 6-10 years, but it can be varied based on different factors. Now the question comes to 'What are the factors that affect the life span of a mattress'?
Here is the answer:
● Mattress quality: This factor is easy to understand. If you get a mattress of poor quality, it will crack or damage easily. Then you need to replace your mattress.
● Material of the mattress: Mattresses that use different materials tend to have different lifespans; memory foam mattresses have a normal lifespan of around 10 years, innerspring mattresses are at 6 to 8 years, and hybrid mattresses can go up to eight to 10 years.
● Weight of the sleeper: The weight of the sleeper is one of the most important factors. If the weight that a mattress supports is heavy and the sleeper is kept in a fixed sleeping position for a long time, it will make the mattress more likely to sink.
● Sleeping position: If other conditions remain the same, often sleeping on the side of the sleeping position will make the mattress receive more pressure. The pressure point is concentrated in the shoulders and hips, if the pressure remains the same for a long time will also make the mattress easier to damage.
● Environmental factors: The environment in which the mattress is placed is crucial to the life of the mattress. If the mattress is placed in a relatively dark, damp, poorly ventilated room, the mattress is often easy to grow mold or breeding bacteria, and even become the home of bugs, not to mention mites and whatnot. A mattress in such conditions can not be used for too long.
● Maintenance: Many people, after purchasing a mattress, tend to simply place it in the bedroom and only focus on the sleeping situation without considering the maintenance of the mattress. This often leads to a shorter lifespan for the mattress. It is recommended to regularly clean the mattress, take measures to prevent dust accumulation when traveling or not using the mattress for a long time (such as using a dust cover), maintain good ventilation in the bedroom, and periodically rotate or flip the mattress if it can be. These practices are often complementary to the lifespan of the mattress.
7 tips to let you know when to replace your mattress:
1. Cannot fall asleep: It may be a sign to remind you to replace your mattress if you find yourself tossing and turning without any other factors. This could show changes in the mattress itself, such as it becoming too firm, too soft, or slightly sagging leading to an unusual sleeping environment.
2. Noticeable sinking: It's time to invest in a new mattress if you feel your mattress sinking. Don't compromise your sleep quality by delaying the replacement.
3. Waking up sore: If you wake up feeling sore or lower back pain, the reason might be that the mattress firmness level is not suitable for your support needs. It may not be a problem come with the mattress itself, but it would be best to switch to another mattress with a firmness level that suits you better.
4. Sleep duration decreased: If your sleep duration consistently decreases under the same sleep conditions, it's worth to investigate the mattress to find the problem.
5. Allergies or asthma symptoms: If you notice allergies or asthma symptoms worsening on a mattress, you should have to replace it as soon as possible. It is very possible to be the reason for poor hygiene such as bacterial growth or dust accumulation within the mattress.
6. Easier disturbed: This could be a result of motion isolation of a mattress deteriorating. As the mattress ages, it might become firmer. Its ability to isolate motion decreases, making it easier for you to feel every movement on the mattress and leading to poorer sleep quality.
7. Noises: An obvious sign of mattress aging is when it goes from being silent to squeaking. At this point, the only solution is to replace it with a new mattress.
Is it necessary to rotate your mattress?
The answer is YES! Rotating your mattress regularly can distribute the worn parts of the mattress, which can extend the lifespan of your mattress.
How often should you rotate your mattress？
Usually, innerspring and memory foam mattresses should be rotated every three months. Hybrids should be rotated every three to six months, and latex mattresses every six months. All in all, I hope everyone can pay attention to the impact of mattresses, and change mattresses at the right time. This is responsible for your health. After reading this article, have you started looking for a new mattress?