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Reasons to Replace Your Mattress Every 8 Years

Do you know the reasons to replace your mattress? If you wake up each morning feeling tired, stiff and achy, it could be time to consider it.

As a general rule, mattresses — even high quality Mattress Firm mattresses — are designed to last between five and ten years. By planning ahead to “replace every eight,” you can avoid sleepless nights caused by a worn-out mattress and have ample time to budget and shop for the perfect replacement.

Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Mattress

Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to replace every eight:

  • Your body has probably changed since you last bought a mattress. You may have gained a few pounds or sustained an injury that’s still susceptible to pressure. Updating your mattress to provide maximum support for your body as it is now will result in better sleep.
  • Changes in your lifestyle may warrant the purchase of a new mattress. The one you’re sleeping on now might have belonged to your partner before you met and may not provide you with the support you need. If you share a bed, it’s important to find a mattress that suits both of you. If you now have more space available for a bigger bed, it’s wise to upgrade to the largest mattress you can afford.
  • All sorts of unwelcome matter tends to collect on mattresses – dead skin cells, body fluids, dust mites, pollen and other allergens. In fact, the accumulation of all this matter may cause your mattress to nearly double in weight after ten years, according to a report by CBS News’ “The Early Show.” While laundering your linens and vacuuming your mattress regularly is recommended, these particles will still be present and may cause problems for people with allergies. We recommend that people who suffer from severe allergies replace their mattresses even more frequently.
  • Morning aches and pains, stiffness, sore muscles, tingling or numbness in your extremities, and feeling groggy and fatigued despite a full night’s sleep are all signs of a worn-out mattress. Sleeplessness due to tossing and turning or shifting positions throughout the night is also an indication of a need to replace your mattress.
  • Take time regularly to check your mattress for signs of age and wear. Look for lumps, sagging and indentations, all of which can contribute to uncomfortable sleep.

Don’t Ignore the Reasons to Replace Your Mattress

Because mattresses are a major expense in many family budgets, people tend to delay their purchase. But this type of thinking may be penny wise and pound foolish. During a study by Oklahoma State University professor Bert Jacobson, participants indicated they slept much better on new mattresses rather than on their own mattresses, all of which were five or more years old. Better sleep can lead to better health, and might result in fewer doctor visits and prescriptions.

While there are a few things you can do to keep from prematurely wearing out your mattress, such as not allowing your children to use it as a trampoline and rotating and turning it every few months, a mattress from Mattress Firm that is used daily will most likely still need to be replaced every eight years.

Older adults should consider replacing their mattresses even more often because the aging process causes bodies to become more sensitive to pressure. Many seniors have back and joint pain or other health problems that can be alleviated by sleeping on an updated mattress.

A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that more than 90% of people surveyed said a comfortable mattress is important for good sleep. Making it a priority to replace every eight will ensure you get quality sleep that contributes to good health and mental well-being. No more mattress complaints – Mattress Firm wants to help you sleep better tonight!

About The Author

The Daily Dozers The Daily Dozers is a team of our finest Mattress Firm sleep happy experts, pooling their expertise to bring you all you need to know on sleep news of the day and the latest trends in sleep health. Sometimes our team of regular Daily Doze contributors (Craig, Ken and Sunni…not to name names) will throw a pillow or two when trying to decide who gets to write about which topic; and when that happens, we let our task force of daily dozin’ specialists play referee, pooling their knowledge on the topic. From super-sized snoring habits to the very real struggle of trying to become a morning person, there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers. Best Night’s Sleep: There’s nothing that this dream team loves more than long walks on the beach to prepare for a peaceful slumber, a warm cup of lavender tea, an old Jane Austen novel and curling up in the comfort of their very own Mattress Firm beds.

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