When it is time to replace your mattress
Most things in our lives need to be replaced at some point. We tend to believe that when we buy things they are good until they break, but some things should be thrown out long before they reach the point of breaking down, and mattresses are no different. Not only do they get worn and heavier as your skin and hair cells collect on it, but they get less effective and can make sleep harder, which is not what a good mattress should do.
When should I throw out my mattress?
The Better Sleep Council says that your mattress should be replaced every seven years on average, while up to 10 years is pushing it. They recommend that around the seven year stretch, start seeing if your sleep is going downhill or if you are waking up with more aches and pain. If you notice that other beds are giving you better nights of sleep then it may be time to replace your mattress. The Better Sleep Council suggests using the yearly time change as the time when you evaluate if you need a new mattress.
How to extend your mattress’ life
Mattress pads, toppers and liners are a great way to keep your mattress lasting a little bit longer. Not only are they cheaper, but offer a way to keep your mattress from gathering stains, extending comfort and help you sleep. Mattress protectors and liners are good for pet owners, or those who like to eat in bed, as they offer a layer of protection that can help keep your mattress from becoming your bed of filth. Mattress pads offer some similar protection for those who want a layer of comfort and protection.
Mattresses are an investment, which means that some extra steps can keep them in your house for that much longer. However, when they’ve reached the end of their lifespan, act sooner rather than later, for your own benefit.