August 10, 2019 12:00 PM PT

How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress

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A mattress can last a few years or as many as 20. How do you know when it's time to replace yours? Keep reading to find out.

A poor night's sleep can put your health at risk. You may have an increased risk of health conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

Changing your mattress can offer a quick solution. So how often should you do it? Read on

What's the Cost of a New Mattress?
You could spend anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars on a new mattress. It depends on the type, quality, and where you buy it.

Shopping for a mattress online can save you money. Many mattress companies offer free trial periods for as long as 100 nights to decide if you like it.

How Frequently Should You Replace Your Mattress?

When you should change your mattress depends on:

  • The type (including inner spring, memory foam, latex, waterbed, etc.)

  • The amount of wear and tear your mattress experiences

  • How you feel after sleeping on your mattress

  • If the circumstances in your life change (e.g., have a new partner, gain/lose weight)

The average time most people should replace their mattress is about 7 years. Depending on the type of mattress you purchase, you may need to replace it sooner or later.

Here's a breakdown of the best time to change each type of mattress:

Innerspring Mattress
This type lasts between 7 and 8 years with regular use. A continuous coil innerspring mattress may last as long as 10 years due to the increased stability of the longer coil.

Memory Foam Mattress
The extra layer of foam helps prolong the life of the mattress, since the springs don't get as much direct contact. Some people get up to 10–15 years out of their memory foam mattress.

Latex Mattress
A latex mattress is one of the longest lasting mattresses available today. It has the most elasticity, giving the mattress less premature sagging. Many manufacturers allow the replacement of the top layer of a latex mattress too, making it last even longer.

Don't Rely on the Warranty
Many companies offer long warranties to entice consumers to purchase their mattress. However, the length of a warranty isn't a sign of how long the mattress will last.

Signs That You Need a New Mattress

No matter what type you have or how long you've had it, it may be time for a replacement if:

  • It Sags
    A sagging mattress could be a sign of worn innersprings or worn out memory foam. If it still holds the indentation of your body after you stand up, it may be time for a replacement.

  • The Springs Make Noise
    Can you tell every time someone moves on your mattress because of the squeaky springs? This could be a sign of broken or worn springs, which can then lead to chronic aches and pains.

  • You Have Unexplained Pain
    If you experience pain upon waking, it could be due to your mattress. Many people wake up with a sore or stiff neck or back and may experience soreness in other parts of the body as well.

  • You Have an Allergic Reaction
    Over time, dust mites and other allergens accumulate on a mattress. If, even with regular cleaning, you feel congested or have a runny nose when you lie on your mattress, it may be time for a new one.

Even if your mattress is still in good shape, it may no longer be right for you. Read on for a few other reasons it may be time to make a switch.

Will Rotating a Mattress Help?
Flipping your mattress is beneficial if you have a double-sided mattress (many aren't today). If you rotate your mattress every three months, you could prevent some premature and excessive wear and tear.

However, if you already experience issues with your mattress, you may still need a new one.

Other Reasons to Change Your Mattress

You've Lost or Gained Weight
Weight loss can cause you to sink into the spot where you slept before the weight loss. Likewise, if you've gained weight, your bed may not provide the support you need.

Many people change their sleeping position after gaining weight, which could also play a role in the need for a new or different type of mattress.

You Have a New Partner
Your current mattress may not support the added weight of another person. If you feel every movement your partner makes, it is a good idea to invest in a new mattress.

Do You Need to Replace the Box Spring with Every New Mattress?
Box springs don't wear out nearly as fast as a mattress, but it is important to ensure that your box spring provides the support that you need. The telltale signs that you need a new box spring include:

  • Broken slats

  • A sagging box

  • Squeaky springs

Prolong the Life of Your Mattress

There are a few things you can do to help extend the life of your mattress:

Get a Mattress Pad
These provide an extra layer of protection from dust mites, dander, sweat, and body oils.

Wash Your Bed Linens Weekly
Regular care of your bed linens can help prevent the accumulation of sweat, body oil, and dust from seeping into the mattress.

Vacuum Your Mattress Semi-annually
Sprinkle your mattress with baking soda and let it sit for 15–20 minutes before vacuuming it off. This will deodorize the mattress and remove any debris that might have seeped through the bed linens or mattress cover.

Don't Let Kids Jump on the Bed
Kids jumping on the bed can ruin the integrity of the springs, causing your mattress to sink.

Keep Pets off the Mattress
Your pet's dander, body oils, and urine can eat away at the fibers of the mattress.

Bottom Line

Your mattress may last anywhere from 7 to 20 years. But when your quality of sleep diminishes, it's time to make a change.

Remember: A new mattress isn't an added expense—it's an investment in your overall health and wellness.

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