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How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress?

Only you can really know when your current mattress ceases to provide the comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep it once did.

When To Replace Your Mattress

The question is a great one, considering the vital role that sleeping soundly on a quality mattress plays in living a healthy, happy and non-drowsy life. However, there’s no easy or firm answer to knowing exactly when to replace your current mattress.
There are average lifespans of mattresses out there, with seven to 10 years being a common one. Other estimates range from as low as six to eight years to as high as 10 to 20 years, which is the case when you buy a high-end, warranty-backed mattress from a top brand at Abt.
But only you can really know when your current mattress ceases to provide you and perhaps your sleeping partner the comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep it once did. Until then, you probably suspect that your once supportive mattress has turned on you, causing you to toss and turn night after night or to feel achy when you wake up. Or you may find yourself thinking about or inspecting your current mattress for dips, lumps and other culprits of your discomfort.
When Should You Replace Your Mattress?
Your more immediate concern is probably some version of, What’s up with my mattress?! For that, there are several possible answers.

It's time to replace your mattress when:

  • It shows signs of wear and tear. Over time, a mattress can lose its shape and begin to sag. Do you feel dips, lumps or coils underneath the fabric? Is there a valley in the section of the mattress where you sleep? Are its edges growing soft and less supportive? Does it make creaking noises?
  • It’s taking on more weight. Added weight can speed up wear and tear to a mattress. Have you or your partner put on significant weight or do you frequently let children or pets in bed with you?
  • You sleep better somewhere else. You look forward to a more restful sleep at a hotel or friend’s house.
  • You start having allergies or problems with asthma. Worsening signs of allergies or asthma can be due to dust mites and allergens in your mattress.
  • You wake up tired and achy. If you have recurring muscle or joint stiffness or back pain, your mattress may no longer support your body like it once did.
  • You can feel your partner move, turn over or get in and out of bed. An older mattress loses its ability to absorb motion, which is why your partner is waking you up more easily.
This brings us back to the original question of how often to replace your mattress. The best answer may be this: if you’re wondering whether it’s time to invest in a new, quality mattress, chances are it’s time—and sooner rather than later.

Not replacing an old, problematic mattress can cost you dearly in sleep and a sense of wellbeing.

Choosing the Type of Mattress

Finding the right mattress is a personal decision that requires knowing your own preferences and needs. You'll want to consider your preferred sleeping position and mattress firmness—and those of your sleeping partner—and any potential health concerns you may have.
When it comes to choosing the right mattress, quality matters. A well-constructed mattress is designed to support, align and comfort your entire body so that you feel well-rested and ache-free.
Abt offers top brands of mattresses, including Tempur-Pedic, Beautyrest, Aireloom and Sleep6. Our team of bedding specialists can help match your needs and preferences to the right type of mattress. They’ll help you find the perfect mattress as well as the right adjustable base or foundation for it.

Finding the Right Mattress For You

All of us spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so getting a comfortable bed is incredibly important. Abt offers many types of mattresses in all sizes.

Innerspring Mattresses:

  • Represent the most common type of mattresses.
  • Provide the benefits of cooling by allowing air to flow through the coils.
  • Provide proper support while you sleep. A system of connected coils or metal springs supports your body weight.
  • Consist of both a spring zone and a comfort layer. Foams and fibers provide varying levels of softness and comfort.
  • Feature a top layer of fabric-encased padding, which cushions and contours to your body.
  • Offer breathability and good edge support.
  • Are available at Abt in many firmness levels to accommodate your preferences.

Memory Foam Mattresses:

  • Provide cushioning, support and durability. Memory foam shapes to the curves of your body and responds to your body temperature by softening under warmth.
  • Promote a more restful sleep. Memory foam provides significant pressure relief to help reduce tossing and turning, waking up and shifting positions during sleep.
  • Reduce motion transfer. Memory foam absorbs movement without affecting other areas of the mattress.
  • Are resistant to many allergens, which is good news for people who have allergies.
  • Mold your body to ensure that your spine is in proper alignment when you sleep.
  • Are ideal for those who suffer from back injuries and pain.

Hybrid Mattresses:

  • Provide the best of both worlds—foam and innerspring.
  • Use pocketed metal coils to strike a balance between pressure-relieving support and bounce. Layers of foam provide cushioning and comfort without sinking.

Latex Foam Mattresses:

  • Continue to grow in popularity among consumers.
  • Feature a latex foam core as the support system.
  • Are extremely resilient and breathable, which helps reduce heat buildup.
  • Provide a high level of comfort and promote proper spinal alignment. Their unique construction responds to the body.

Making Your Mattress Last Longer

There are several things you can do to help extend the longevity and durability of a mattress.
When searching for a mattress, look for high-quality materials and construction, such as thick coils, dense foam, and the use of natural rather than synthetic materials. You’ll also want to consider factors that lead to wear and tear of a mattress, such as the number and weight of sleepers who are using it and their preferred sleep positions.
Once you’ve made your mattress purchase, take time to care for your investment because the right maintenance will help extend its life.

Caring For and Protecting Your Mattress

To maximize the lifespan of a mattress:
  • Use a mattress protector from the beginning. A quality mattress protector helps keep your mattress clean and fresh for years and is a good way to ensure that it stays protected from spills, wear and household allergens.
  • Place your mattress on the right adjustable base or foundation. Having the right foundation or base ensures that your mattress is properly supported. An adjustable base allows for choices in positions, while a foundation is a must-have for foam or hybrid mattresses.
  • Regularly clean your mattress as directed by the manufacturer. Mattresses should be cleaned every six months. Abt provides many cleaning tips for mattresses and other bedding essentials, including vacuuming to remove dust, dead skin cells and anything else that may accumulate.
  • Inspect the mattress every few months. Pay attention to any signs of deterioration, including looking for sagging or lumpy areas.
  • Rotate or flip your mattress every 3 to 6 months to promote even wear.
  • Expose the mattress to some natural light now and then. Direct sunlight helps remove excess moisture and UV rays kill bacteria.
  • Keep pets off the bed to reduce the risk of damage from claws and chewing.
  • Avoid eating and drinking in bed to prevent spills and stains.
  • Don’t let your children jump on the bed as this can damage coils and other mattress components.

Don’t Forget a Mattress Pad

Using a mattress pad or topper is an easy but sometimes overlooked way to extend the life of your mattress. A mattress pad not only provides extra comfort, but its stain and waterproof layering helps protect your mattress.
Cleaning is easy: just spot-treat your mattress pad for stains and then load it into the washing machine. Granted, a mattress pad may not last as long as your mattress, but it’s a lot more affordable to replace.

Contact Abt

Is it your time to buy a new mattress? Reach out by calling Abt at 800-860-3577 or browse our many mattresses online. Be sure to shop our quality pillows, bed sheets and pillowcases as well.

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