Conventional wisdom says that you should buy a new mattress every 5-10 years. However, it’s not quite as simple as that. There are plenty of mattresses out there that are over 10 years old and still sleep perfectly well. By the same token, there are mattresses that aren’t yet 5 years old and have already degraded to such a level that they no longer provide the support and comfort needed for restful sleep. So how often SHOULD you change your mattress?
Instead of simply using a benchmark of 5-10 years to replace your mattress, Sleepopolis recommends asking yourself the following questions.
Analyze your Sleep
Are you waking up sore? Stiff? Or with back pain? These are all signs that it could be time to change your mattress. Over time the structural integrity of the support and comfort materials can degrade, resulting in a gradual decline in how the mattress sleeps. If you’re waking up with pain (especially if you don’t go to sleep with it) then it’s time to consider changing your mattress.
All that said, even if your mattress is newer and not degraded. If you’re not sleeping well on it then it may be time to make a change. You spend too much of your life on a mattress to spend it in pain. There are many affordable mattresses (especially online) that you can order without breaking the bank. Take a tour of our most popular mattress reviews here.
Mattress Wear & Tear
Remove your sheets, mattress pad, protector, and any other layers between you and the mattress. Spend a few minutes really looking at the mattress. Is it showing signs of wear and tear? Is it lumpy? Is it sagging in the middle or where you and your partner sleep? Does it look damaged or degraded? All of these are definite signs it’s time to change your mattress. The degrading materials will almost certainly impact how the mattress sleeps.
Your Partner’s Sleep
If you sleep with a partner, how are they sleeping? If your partner is sleeping poorly chances are high that their constant tossing and turning is effecting your sleep, perhaps more than you even realize. If one person in a couple is sleeping poorly, it is almost guaranteed to effect the other partner as well. Do you and your partner a favor and change your mattress.
You Sleep Better Away
Do you find that your sleep in a hotel bed or other bed outside of your own home is significantly better? This could indicate that your mattress at home just isn’t getting the job done. If you sleep better out then you do at home this is a sure sign that you may want to change your mattress.
Your Mattress is 5 or More Years Old
While this isn’t the only criteria to use when deciding how often you should change your mattress, it’s still an important one. If you’ve had your mattress for at least 5 years it’s recommended you start monitoring its health more regularly. You should ask yourself all of the above questions at least once every 6-12 months. If your mattress isn’t allowing you to rest, it’s degrading, or it’s effecting your partner’s sleep it could be time change your mattress.
What is the best way to tell if my mattress is ready to be replaced?
Materials in your mattress will degrade overtime however there are many factors that go into this such as weight, how often it is slept in and more. Analyze a few things before making the leap such as the quality of sleep coming from it, what condition the mattress is in when inspected and how other people who sleep in the bed feel.
What does it mean when I sleep better everywhere else but at home?
This could definitely be an indication that the mattress in the home needs to be replaced. If you sleep better elsewhere like hotels or family’s homes, then this could be a strong indication that your sleep on your current mattress is lacking.
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.