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You've heard it before - you spend a third of your life sleeping. In that time, you'll sleep on countless mattresses. Some you'll love while some you can't wait to fire into the sun. Believe it or not, the mattress you bought several years ago might need replacing. The question is, how long does a mattress last?
If you’re not sure when to replace it, you’re not alone — it’s not something people usually consider until they’re moving or have noticed telltale signs it’s time for a new one. The exact right time, however, depends on a variety of factors.
How Long Does A Mattress Last?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a mattress lasts between 7-10 years, depending on how well you take care of it. There are other signs to watch out for: waking up achy or in pain, deep sags or dips in the mattress, sleeping better away from home, or visible wear and tear. If you notice any of these, it’s probably time to replace your mattress.
Mattress lifespans also vary by type. There are three common categories of mattresses: innerspring, memory foam and hybrid. Considering the characteristics of each type can give you a better indication of how long your mattress may last.
How Long Does An Innerspring Mattress Last?
Innerspring mattresses are supported by steel coils and are typically less expensive than other kinds of mattresses. They range in firmness from extra firm to pillow top.
Innersprings usually need to be replaced more often than other types because after years of constant use, the springs can begin to agitate pressure points as you sleep, making you uncomfortable and lowering your overall sleep quality. These may last on the lower cusp of the 7-10 year range.
How Long Does A Memory Foam Mattress Last?
Memory foam mattresses are made up of several layers of dense foam and are designed to conform to your body’s contour. This type of mattress tends to last up to 10 years, but owners can notice permanent divots in the mattress if you continue to sleep in the same position night after night.
How Long Does A Hybrid Mattress Last?
Hybrid mattresses are just that — a combination of memory foam and coils. These retain the classic supportive feel of an innerspring mattress with the pressure relieving benefits that memory foam offers. Hybrids fall more in line with memory foam at the upper cusp of the 7-10 year standard.
However, if you wake up stiff and sore, you could be experiencing pressure points triggered by your mattress’ coils, or perhaps your standard sleep position has worn down foam in certain areas, resulting in minimal support. No matter the mattress type, keep an eye out for wear and tear even before the 7-10 year range is up.
How Do You Make A Mattress Last Longer?
Because of the constant pressure your mattress endures each night, it will naturally age and depreciate over time. There are, however, steps you can take to extend the longevity of your mattress:
- Rotate your mattress every few months so it doesn’t get worn down as quickly.
- Use a mattress protector to extend the life of your mattress.
- Clean it regularly.
There are two primary categories of mattress protection: keeping its shape and form and keeping it clean. By rotating your mattress at least every three months and being thoughtful about the strength and type of mattress, you’ll keep the bed in much better condition. On the other hand, keeping your mattress free of spills, crumbs, and dirt will not only extend its life, but decrease the risk of bed bugs or dust mites in the crevices.
How To Choose A New Mattress
Let’s say your average mattress lasts you eight years. A lot can change in that amount of time — physical data, your sleeping preferences, the presence of a partner, etc. We spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping, so it’s important to think seriously about the best mattress for you.
Luckily, shopping for mattresses doesn’t have to be a guessing game. There’s a scientific approach to finding a mattress customized to fit your precise sleeping needs. Our diagnostic sleep system bedMATCH® uses a combination of scientific data and mathematical calculations to make choosing a mattress that’s personalized for you much easier. With bedMATCH’s® expertise, you won’t have to worry about how long a mattress lasts for quite some time.
Visit your local Mattress Warehouse location today so you can sleep better tomorrow.