How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

Written by: Nicolas Brown



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You probably replace your sheets and pillows every year or two, but what about your mattress? It’s harder to part with your mattress, so it could be well past its expiration date without you realizing it. While there aren’t hard and fast rules regarding when you should change your mattress, there are some warning signs.

Some Common Signs it’s Time to Change Your Mattress

It’s Reached the End of Its Lifespan

The average lifespan of a mattress is eight years, although some mattresses give out sooner or last longer. For instance, pillow-top mattresses often only last four to seven years, while The Original Lull Mattress provides a restful night’s sleep for at least 10 years due to its strong materials, including the 7-inch polyurethane foam support core and 1.5-inch gel-infused memory foam top layer. Lull mattresses are also backed by a Lifetime Warranty, ensuring that you won’t have to go mattress shopping for years to come.

It's Showing Signs of Wear and Tear

You should change your mattress if you notice any signs of wear. Some signs of wear are obvious, such as lumps and sagging. Other signs aren’t quite as noticeable, but you should check for them also. For example, if you notice strange sounds or an odor, it’s time to replace your mattress. These signs are your mattress’s way of telling you that it’s time to dispose of your old mattress.

You Don’t Get a Restful Night’s Sleep

In a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 92 percent of respondents stated that having a comfortable mattress is necessary to get a good night’s sleep, and they are absolutely correct. It’s hard to sleep on a mattress that is too soft or too hard. Also, a lumpy mattress could prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep and cause serious aches and pains.

If you feel tired or sore when you wake up, you should change your mattress. When you replace your mattress, you should notice improved sleep. Improved sleep provides quite an energy boost, and that’s not all, you’ll even be healthier if you start getting a good night’s sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, you increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. That’s a great reason to replace your mattress if you’re not sleeping well — your health depends on it.

Your Allergies Are Worsening

If you suffer from allergies and your symptoms are getting worse, it might be time to replace your mattress. Dust mites thrive in bedding, including mattresses. Exhaling creates moisture that dust mites love, and since they feed on organic matter, such as human skin, they spend as much time in the bed as possible.

Unless you take measures to prevent dust mites from turning your bed into their home, you can end up with a serious outbreak that will cause your allergies to get out of control. Once you replace your mattress, your allergy reactions should return to normal. You’ll want to keep them in check, so take measures to prevent dust mites from taking over your mattress. Cover your new mattress in a protector (we recommend The Lull Mattress Protector) and pillows to prevent dust mites from burrowing into the bedding.

You Experience Motion Transfer Issues

Your partner should be able to shift and turn without disturbing you at night. If you notice that you feel every twist and turn, you should change your mattress. Be mindful that some new mattresses have motion transfer issues as well. You don’t want to change your mattress just to run into another problem. Memory foam mattresses such as The Original Lull Mattress, provide motion isolation so you can sleep peacefully, even if your partner or pet can’t seem to settle down or if they get up in the middle of the night.

You Sleep Better Elsewhere

If you notice you sleep better elsewhere it’s a big sign that it’s time to replace your mattress. When you have a good mattress, you won’t want to sleep anywhere but home. After you invest in a new mattress you should notice improved sleep immediately. Then, you’ll stop trying to find reasons to stay at friends’ homes or in expensive hotels.

You Have Bed bugs

No one wants to get bed bugs but alas, it can happen. If you are a victim of a bed bug infestation, understand that it’s very difficult to get rid of these pests. You can transfer them to other areas of your home and even other people’s houses. Get rid of your current mattress, hire an exterminator to handle your bed bug problem, then replace your mattress.

You Have Night Sweats

It’s hard to have a good night’s sleep if you’re overheated. Unfortunately, some mattresses trap heat and transfer it to the occupants, meaning you can expect to sweat throughout the night. If that sounds familiar, you need to replace your mattress. Choose a mattress with a gel-infused top layer that will keep you cool through the night.

Don’t Wait Too Long to Replace Your Mattress

When you replace your mattress, you can expect everything from improved sleep to better overall health. It’s even a way to control your allergies and aid in getting rid of bed bugs. Instead of putting it off another day, save yourself the stress and headache and replace your mattress. If you choose wisely, you can enjoy your new mattress for a decade or longer before you have to invest in a new one.