Mattresses usually have a long enough lifespan to ensure you get plenty of use out of them before they must be replaced. Some may need a replacement sooner than others but, if it’s of a high-quality material, you should expect a lifespan of between 7 and 10 years. The right cleaning and can ensure it lives longer, lasting much more than ten years. If it’s starting to feel a little worn-out after ten years, it’s time for a replacement.
Average lifespan based on two of the most trusted third party sites:
According to the mattress research experts at sleeplikethedead.com here is the average lifespan per mattress type:
And according to the mattress research experts at tuck.com here is the average lifespan per mattress type:
Based on the research from both Sleeplikethedead and Tuck, AirBeds typically have the longest lifespan, but are quickly followed by Latex and Memory Foam.
*Please note that the AirBeds being discussed are high end mattresses made by the likes of Natural Form, Sleep Number etc.. and not your typical blow up camping style mattress.
What influences the lifespan of your mattress?
- Use frequency: If it’s used less frequently, it will last long, to put it simply. A mattress in a less-used guest room will last much longer than the mattress you sleep on every night.
- Body weight: The larger your body, the more pressure on the mattress. Similarly, the smaller your body, the less compression. More pressure causes a mattress to wear out sooner, so the lighter the body, the longer the lifespan.
- Activity and use: Beyond sleeping on it, the more you use it, the more it wears down. This includes putting heavy or sharp objects on it or eating and drinking on the bed. Spillages and other damage can also weaken a mattress
- Cleaning: This can improve your mattress lifespan as it can not only get rid of bacteria but also dust mites and insects that cause damage.
Signs it’s time to change your mattress
- The Valley In The Middle: Also known as sagging, a dip, a dent, or a mattress hammock. If it feels like there’s a deepening valley in the center, the mattress has worn down.
- Your bed hurts your back: It might not be immediately noticeable when you lie down, but if you wake up with back pain or experience severe discomfort when lying down for long periods of time, your mattress might be the issue. See if the pain is in the same place every time or if it mainly happens after using the bed to ensure the mattress is at fault. This happens because the mattress is wearing down, and no longer offering the same level of support that you once got from it.
- New noises: A bed shouldn’t be too nosy, regardless of how much you toss and turn. The sounds of grinding metal, squeaking springs, and even feeling those springs through the mattress, is a good indication that the foundation has weakened. This can impact sleeping, your posture, and cause muscle pain.
To learn more read our article on 14 Tell-tale Signs You Need a New Mattress
If you want to make sure you get the most out of your mattress, then upkeep and cleaning is essential. Furthermore, know the signs of wearing down that can give you an indication it’s time for a change. Keep in mind when you bought the mattress and expect to replace it in 7-10 years’ time. It’s not worth letting it degrade too much, as it will impact your sleep, which can have all kinds of negative consequences for your health.