Updated: Feb 3
How can I tell if it's time for a new mattress? This is a question people just don't ask enough. Even though we use our mattresses for an average of 1/3 of each day, year after year, we tend to take them for granted until it's painfully obvious they're worn out. Try asking yourself the following questions:
Did I buy my mattress more than 8 years ago? Most mattresses have a useful life between 8 and 10 years. After that, their support and comfort properties diminish.
Do I wake up feeling just as tired, if not MORE tired, than when I went to bed? You should wake up pain-free and feeling rejuvenated and ready to start the day.
Are there obvious signs of wear? These signs include sagging, depressions or body imprinting, fraying seams or worn through areas where the comfort layers, coils or foams are exposed.
What should I look for when shopping for a mattress? The only way to determine which mattress is best for you is simply to try some and compare. Most importantly, your new mattress should be comfortable. Lie down on a number of different mattresses and determine which ones feel the most comfortable. The next thing to consider is support. Do the mattresses support critical areas like your back and midsection? The next thing to consider is size: give yourself ample room to stretch out and move, especially if you sleep with a partner. And finally, consider the price. Look for a great value, not just the cheapest price. A mattress's value is determined by its price coupled with its warranty. Pick a mattress that's comfortable, supports you well and is roomy enough to sleep comfortably, doesn't bust your budget and is warranted to last for at least 10 years.
How much can I expect a good sleep set to cost? Sleep sets can range from as low as $300 to upwards of $5,000 depending on the brand, type and size of set you get. Generally, you can expect a good quality, queen size set to retail for around $1,000-$1,500. Remember, this is an investment in your daily health and wellbeing. Averaged over the lifetime of the mattress, your looking at pennies a day. Not a lot when you think about how much you spend on a cup of coffee every day!
Is there anything I can do to make my new sleep set last longer? There are a number of things you can do to extend the life of a sleep set. First, make sure the foundation or box spring is being properly supported by your frame; this will help keep your foundation from bowing or bending, which could affect how your mattress supports your body. Next, keep your mattress clean by using a quality, hypo-allergenic mattress pad. This helps keep your mattress dry, dust-free and helps deter mites and other allergens from embedding in the mattress cover. Vacuum your mattress frequently to remove dust and allergens. And finally, rotate and/or flip your mattress from time to time to help alleviate sagging and the potential occurrence of body impressions.
How long should my new sleep set last? There are a number of factors that make this a hard question to answer directly, including the number of people using the sleep set, how many hours they sleep a night, the users' sleeping styles, the users' body types and sizes, the quality of the sleep set and the materials that are used in it. Generally, many experts suggest replacing a routinely used sleep set of average quality every 8 to 10 years with new, quality bedding in order to get the best comfort and support needed for a good night's sleep. A better crafted mattress with a warranty of up to 20 years will not need to be replaced as frequently.