Life expectancy of a mattress
The lifespan of a mattress depends largely on the quality of your mattress, how often it is used, your body size, and the materials the mattress is composed of. On average, we’d suggest changing your mattress every 8 years.
That said, a good mattress will last up to 10 years, while a lower quality mattress may need to be changed every 5 years.
Heavier-weight people will also need to change their mattress more regularly. This is because the mattress will wear out more quickly and won’t be able to support the body as well. To avoid back pain, we recommend larger-built people change their mattress every 7 years.
Checklist of the top signs indicating a bad mattress
Here are the six top signs indicating that you’re sleeping on a bad mattress that needs to be replaced:
- You have trouble falling asleep or struggle with restless sleep.
- You wake up tired.
- You have trouble breathing at night (a bad mattress can cause sleep apnea).
- You wake up with a stuffy nose and red eyes (unless you’re ill, it’s highly likely that you’re reacting to dust mites).
- You’re struggling with your skin (lack of restful sleep increases stress levels, which leads to acne or wrinkles).
- You suffer from back and neck pain (your mattress no longer supports you properly).
Can you fix a bad mattress?
It is not really possible to fix or repair a bad mattress. The simplest solution is to buy a new mattress.
But if you can’t buy a mattress immediately, for whatever reason, then you can opt for sleep accessories as a temporary solution. We’d suggest mattress toppers and mattress protectors.
If you can’t afford or don’t want to invest in a new mattress at this time, then you can opt for a mattress topper. A topper can extend the life of a mattress by about a year. It smooths out the hollows and dents, while providing additional support.
Note, though, that a mattress topper cannot be a long-term solution. It won’t fix your old mattress, and you will have to invest in a new one eventually.
If you’re struggling with allergies, then you can also purchase a mattress protector. This will help reduce the risk of allergies and mites. Make sure that your mattress protector is waterproof to further protect from moisture and mould.
Is it time to change your mattress?
If you’ve recognised any of the above signs of a bad mattress, then it’s high time you change your mattress and purchase a new one. We’ve selected and reviewed the best mattresses for you.