How Long Should You Wait Before You Think About Changing Your Mattress?
Let me guess, it’s not a question you ask yourself too often. Maybe because unlike with clothes, where it’s easier to see wear and tear, the wear and tear in a mattress isn’t so obvious. Or maybe because we’ve seen our parents and grandparents use the same mattress decade after decade, without ever complaining. You might even have bought a super duper mattress years ago with a 20 year warranty and thought wow it lasts for 20 years!!! But just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there!
Let’s go over some of the many possible nuances of using the same mattress over the recommended period of time:
1. Body Ache and Stiffness
Are you tossing and turning in the middle of the night? Or waking up with an odd pain that runs through your body? Do you need to stretch for 15-30 minutes every morning to feel limber? There’s no exact science to suggest if your mattress is the cause but if you notice a trend which occurs every morning, as soon as you wake up, then you have a reason to worry.
2. Quality of Sleep
It’s kind of obvious but if you’re not comfortable in your own bed, then it’ll most certainly affect your quality of sleep overtime. You might be sleeping the usual 7 to 8 hours a night but what’s the point if it’s not the kind of sleep which leaves you feeling recharged.
You’re not sleeping well, your body feels sore and you’re going about doing this night after night. It’ll also just leave you feeling really, really grumpy!
3. Dead Skin Cells
There’s only a sheet between you and your mattress and after sleeping on a mattress for 7 years or more, it might collect a whole lot of sweat and dead skin cells. Ew!
Now, the million dollar question - How often should you replace your mattress?
Our team of experts suggest that you replace your mattress every 7 years.
1) Better Support – American scientists found that people who slept on a new mattress experienced deeper, better sleep and reduced body ache, both factors that can directly affect stress levels.
2) Quality of Material – The material of a 7-year-old mattress has worn out overtime and so has the level of comfort it provides. If you’re waking up in pain every day, you’ll probably understand what we mean by that.
3) Fear the Bed-Bugs –When you’re sleeping on an old mattress and bed frame, the old skin cells sort of just gather around it all. Bed bugs are reported as a common problem in old bed frames, mattresses and headboards. SO change not just your mattress but also your frame. You don’t want to be sleeping with all those bed bugs, do you?
4) Improved Sleep – It’s no surprise that scientists found that those who slept on an older mattress had more disturbed sleep with more tossing and turning than those who slept on a new mattress.
You might want to pick a new mattress this very second or maybe you won’t, but remember to look out for these signs in case you have an old mattress. It might be time for a new friend. The kind that sweet dreams are made of.