When thinking about how often you should change your mattress there are numerous things to consider. A mattress is an expensive purchase. Therefore, you need to make careful considerations when looking to splash the cash. Remember, we spend up to a third of our lives in bed. A mattress is an important weapon in your armoury when it comes to getting a good night's kip. Read on for some useful pointers in helping decide when to change your mattress.
The National Bed Federation and The Sleep Council recommend thinking about changing your mattress every 7 to 8 years. You've heard of the 7 year itch right? Obviously there are varying factors that affect the lifespan of a mattress. A cheaper mattress typically won't last as long a more expensive one. A mattress that is only used on an occasional basis will obviously last longer than one that is being used daily.
Our bodies change with age and illness. Even if your mattress is still relatively new, it might not be suitable for your current needs. Warning signs that you need to change your mattress include waking with aches and pains that you didn't used to have. People often make the assumption that a firmer mattress is better for your back. This is not necessarily true. What you need from your mattress is for it to support for your body. This often comes in the form of a less firm mattress. Above all else, listen to your body and don't rush when buying a new mattress.
A mattress that is still suitable should basically look as good as the day you bought it. Lumps and bumps should be non existent. If your mattress has started talking to you (squeaking and groaning) then this is also a sign that it's time to change your mattress.
Most of us like to have a bit of a cuddle in the night. However, if you find yourself rolling into your bed partner without trying, then this is a sign that your mattress has started to sag. A sagging mattress can not be recovered unfortunately. This is a sure sign that it's time to invest in a new mattress.
Okay now for the yucky bit! On average, every night, you lose half a pint of fluid that will end up in your mattress. Added to that you shed a pound of dead skin a year. We did warn you! As you can imagine, after 7 years your body has subjected your mattress to rather a lot. If you wouldn't let anybody else sleep on it, then you shouldn't either!