How do you know when to buy a new mattress? The answer is not one size fits all!
Once when I was about twelve years old, I marched into my parents’ bedroom and demanded a new mattress. They looked at me sideways and asked skeptically how I knew I needed one. One of its inner springs had actually broken and pierced through the top of the pad, trying to stab me! It was an easy, instant decision. But how do you know when to buy a new mattress if you aren’t in imminent danger of your mattress stabbing you?
It is generally accepted that a mattress will provide 7-10 years of comfortable, healthy sleep, with the Better Sleep Council leaning more towards the lesser number of seven years. You may find you need to replace your mattress more frequently than this, or you may get longer from it. So depending on your situation, you may need to get a new mattress every four years, or every twelve years. Everyone and every mattress is going to be different.
To help you recognize when the time has come for you to replace your mattress, I’ve put together some information about:
- how your body will tell you when it’s time to buy a new mattress
- how your mattress will tell you when it’s time to buy a new mattress
Listen to your body
I believe that how you feel and the quality of your sleep are the major key factors that will help you know when to buy a new mattress. Listen to your body rather than a number pumped out by a manufacturer. Sometimes we have a hard time being in tune with what our bodies are trying to tell us.This handy bullet point list gives you an idea of some things to look out for.
- Do you have any aches, pains or stiffness when you wake up? Try noting how you feel when you wake up a few mornings a week. It can really help to write it down: try keeping a notebook next to your bed. Jotting it down when you wake up will help you spot any patterns quickly.
- Do you consistently feel tired across the day? There are a multitude of reasons why people feel tired across the day, a few examples are medical conditions, being busy, or not eating well. If you are feeling tired across the day and you cannot think of a good reason why, it could be a signal that your mattress is interfering with the quality of your sleep and it’s time for a new one.
- Do you sleep better away from home (e.g. in a hotel or visiting family)? If you sleep better in a bed that’s not your own, it’s probably time to evaluate your bed at home, don’t you think?
- How old are you? As we age, what we need from a mattress changes. According to Consumer Reports, our body tolerates less pressure as it ages. If you’re starting to feel a bit creaky in dem bones and you’ve had your mattress a while, try a new one.
- Has your weight changed a lot? If you’re nodding along, you’ve significantly changed the pressure load going through your mattress. If you’ve lost weight you might find yourself sleeping in a bit of a dent. On the other hand if you’ve gained weight your mattress might not be supporting you as well as it should be any more.
Other factors that help you decide when to buy a new mattress
The following factors are factors that are to do with the mattress itself. Like anything used regularly, a the materials in a mattress will sustain wear and tear over time. Different materials will handle this wear and tear differently. Here are some key things to look out for.
- Can you see sagging in the mattress? Or when you lie down on it does it feel like you are sinking in some spots? Sagging in a mattress is defined as an indentation that is an inch and a half deep or more. If your mattress is showing this, it’s time to replace it. Before you go and buy a new one, make sure to check the warranty of your current mattress first. Sagging is one of the most common mattress defects. If the sagging is really deep or has happened quickly, you should be able to get your mattress replaced free of charge.
- Are there visible springs (like the bed from my childhood!)? If you have an innerspring mattress and springs are visible, the tension has gone from the coil and it is no longer providing you support and it could be dangerous! It’s time for a new mattress clear and simple.
- What material is the made from? Inner spring mattresses tend to have the shortest life of all mattresses as the tension on the coil decreases over time and can’t be fixed. Research shows that latex mattresses tend to last the longest, with memory foam a close second.
If you’re still not sure if you’re ready for a mattress yet, I recommend you bookmark this post and refer to it a couple of times a year to check whether your current mattress is still working well for you or if it’s time to replace it. I’ve also got some great tips to make your current mattress more comfortable here.
Has this post been helpful to you? What has made you purchase a new mattress in the past? Please leave a comment as I’d love to hear from you.