According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), 75% of Americans are suffering from lack of sleep. They also reported that this condition interfered with their daytime activities as well. Your bed can be one of the reasons you are not having a good snooze time. A mattress can have a significant impact on your daily life.
There is no hard and fast rule for the average life expectancy of a mattress; however, sleep experts are convinced that a high-quality mattress should be changed in 7 to 10 years. Your bed can lose support and comfort with time and may develop some physical deformity like sagging and tears or rips. Some beds can suffer from off-gassing as well.
Average Lifespan of Different Types of Mattresses
The life of the mattress also depends on its construction and the materials used in it. Some beds can outlast others when they are subject to similar use. Let’s have a look at the average life spans of popular mattresses types:
All-Foam or Memory Foam
The most commonly used sleep surfaces are all-foam or memory foam mattresses. They use layers of foam in their construction and can last between 8 to 10 years. However, this average age is dependent on the fact that the mattress was taken care of properly and was rotated regularly.
Coiled or Inner Spring
Spring mattresses have inner coils packed together to make a layer that can support the sleeper’s weight. Typically they can last up to 8 years or more if it is flappable (so the wear can be distributed on both sides).
Hybrid (Spring + Foam)
Many modern mattresses are hybrid, using both coils and foam in a single design. These beds can last up to 10 years and do not lose their support quickly if the foam density and quality is excellent.
A latex mattress can last more than 15 years, depending on the type of latex used in its making. Organic and synthetic latex have different durability and life.
Waterbeds have become less popular now; however, their average life was up to 10 years. Soft side and hard side waterbeds can have a slightly different life span as well.
Signs Change Your Mattress
Other than the average age of the mattress, some signs and pointers let you know; you need to change your bed as soon as possible.
Body Pains and Muscle Stiffness
If you wake up feeling sore and stiff even though you slept the duration of your average sleep time, you need to have a look at your mattress. Morning aches, neck pains, muscle stiffness, and numbness in limbs are a clear sign that your bed has become old. This can sometimes happen even before your mattress has completed its average lifespan.
Visible Signs of Wear and Tear
If your mattress looks old physically, it probably has aged, and you should start looking for a new one. Sagging can sometimes be visible and can be seen if you focus on the surface. If the comfort foam layer has broken or lumped, you might be able to see it as well. Sometimes the pocketed coil may get deformed and lose its actual position causing discomfort.
Heightened Allergies and Asthma Symptoms
Your mattress can accumulate dust, body oils, and dead skin cells with time. All this makes it a perfect breeding place for bacteria, germs, and dust mites. In many cases, your mattress can worsen your asthma and allergy symptoms. If this starts to happen regularly, then you should probably consider getting a new bed.
Noise and Loss of Motion Isolation
If you start hearing your mattress sounds then perhaps you should consider changing it. With time and use, the innerspring and hybrid mattresses may lose their coil support, and audible squeaks can be heard when a person moves on the surface.
Similarly, if you begin to feel your partner turning or getting up from the bed (from the other side), your mattress has lost the motion isolation and support it had. This can be disturbing for both you and your partner’s sleep.
Some Tips to Increase Your Mattress Life
Good quality mattresses can be costly, and the best way to delay this expense is by taking care of your mattress. Here are some tips that can make your bed last longer
- Rotate and flip your mattress after every six months to distribute the use patterns. Flip the mattress only if the manufacturer allows it to.
- Use mattress protectors to secure it. Water, dust, and allergen-proof protectors are available in the market for every size.
- When moving the mattress, keep it in an upright position to prevent sagging.
- Keep your mattress clean, dry, and avoid moisture exposure.
- Mattresses are not for jumping so do not let your kids damage them,
A clean and well-maintained mattress can increase the life of your bed, but when it has completed its life do not take the risk of health issues. The unnecessary delay in buying a new mattress at the expense of your sleep quality is a terrible idea.