How often should you get a new mattress?

Read our expert tips on when’s the right time to replace your mattress

Though we use our mattress every day, it’s hard to tell whether it’s worn to the point of replacement. After all, we get used to how it feels. And the thought of breaking-in a new mattress is sometimes just too hard to think about.

Between 7 and 10 Years is about right

The bedding experts at The Better Sleep Council tell us we should replace our mattress every seven years or so. It’s usually at that point that the mattress has worn down and may not be giving you the support you need. Of course, better quality mattresses will last a bit longer.

What are the signs you need a new mattress?

  • You might be feeling a bit stiff and sore when you wake up
  • You recently slept in another bed (maybe on a holiday or business trip) and realised it was more comfortable than your one at home
  • Your mattress is actually looking a little tired – it’s a bit saggy, has worn patches or is stained
  • You feel more tired when you wake up than before you slept
  • Your mattress is at least 10 years old

What’s the alternative to buying a whole new mattress?

1. Buy a mattress topper

If you’re not feeling 100% comfortable with your mattress, you might think about buying a mattress topper. A mattress topper sits on top of your mattress, adding an extra layer of comfort and support. Read more about mattress toppers here.

2. Move your mattress around

Rotating your mattress is one way of making your mattress last longer. Rotating is where you change the ‘head to toe’ position.

As we sleep, we make an imprint in the mattress. Chances are, you and your partner are a different size and weight. This results in your mattress wearing differently on either side of the bed. Some mattresses can begin to sag and lose the support you need. Rotating your mattress helps ‘spread the wear’. Experts suggest you do this every three to six months.

3. Keep your mattress and bedding clean

Cleaning your mattress regularly can help extend its life. Microscopic dust particles accumulate on your mattress and can be damaging to the mattress fabric. It’s a good idea to vacuum your mattress regularly – at least every month or so. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to reach the crevices and remove any damaging dust.

We also recommend washing your sheets every week or two. This removes the natural oil and moisture produced by your body and keeps your bedding hygienic.

Quality Counts

A higher quality mattress will last the distance.

But better quality doesn’t always equal the highest price. In fact, the latest bedding technology is both high quality and affordable. SleepX mattresses come with a 10-year guarantee, so that’s a sign of how long their mattresses should last.

What’s the bottom line? You should replace your mattress when it starts feeling uncomfortable or if it’s had its 10th birthday.

Ready for your new mattress? Start your mattress search here at SleepX.