How Often You Should Update Your Mattress? Upgrade Your Sleep With Caseys

Quality sleep is one of the most important parts of a person's health. It’s what helps you both physically and mentally thrive on a daily basis. But are there nights where you're just tossing and turning? You may try what you can, such as changing the bedding, new pillows, an eye mask, purchasing a fan, cooling mattress protector, or maybe even playing white noise, but none of it seems to help. In cases like this, it may be your mattress that's causing you trouble.

We conducted the Nationwide Sleep Survey for those across Ireland with 2,300 respondents. Surprisingly, we found out that only 5% rated their sleep as excellent, and 17% of people rated their bed as excellent. That means that 1/3 of people are unhappy with their quality of sleep. Showing how important updating your mattress is, as this helps ensure that you have a good sleep without any discomfort. So, how often should you change your mattress? Let's find out!

What is the Average Lifespan of a Mattress?

On average, a mattress is supposed to last anywhere from 7 years to 10 years tops. We all spend about a third of our day sleeping, so over those seven years, that’s 200,000 hours.
 Old mattresses, whether they’re 10 years or 20 years old, will affect your body in so many negative ways. While you can flip and rotate mattresses, this doesn’t necessarily fix the problem that the mattress is old. You just can’t revive and old mattress, which is why you need to change your mattress instead.

Signs It’s Time to Change Your Mattress

It's Out of Shape

Have you been waking up feeling groggy and sore? Over time, mattresses can lose their support and contouring abilities. If you start to notice lumps or sagging, then it's probably time to update your mattress. So, are there mattresses that tend to keep their shape longer than others? Absolutely, you can usually count on a latex mattress to maintain its shape for a long time. Plus, a latex mattress is more breathable, so you can stay cool in bed easier during those hot Irish summer nights.

You Can't Get Comfy

Have you ever found yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, unable to find a comfortable position? If you think about it, the lack of sleep and the pain from the discomfort is only going to get worse. So, if you're struggling with staying comfortable, then it might be time to get an update.

Frequent Back Pain

Is your back aching a lot lately? You're not getting old; your mattress may be the culprit here. While there are multiple reasons why someone may have back pain from degenerative conditions, muscle strains, and poor posture. More often, it's going to be the mattress that causes back pain or will at least exacerbate it. Most people tend to overlook their mattresses, but worn-out ones can place excessive pressure on your spine, making it feel stiff and painful.
Plus, you need to look into whether your mattress is fitting with your body and relieving pressure rather than causing it. You can always look into a gel plush mattress topper to help you out, as these specifically focus on alleviating any pressure your spine has. In the end, you're going to be saving yourself a lot of money by getting yourself a new mattress and bedding if you're expressing frequent back pain. Investing in a good quality mattress can significantly reduce the susceptibility to long-term health consequences, and that includes lack of sleep and poor posture.

Physical Changes

Physical changes to your mattress can be a key indicator that it's time to update. Aside from physical changes affecting comfort levels, older mattresses may also pose health risks. Over time, allergens and bacteria can accumulate in the material, causing respiratory issues or skin irritations. 
An updated mattress with fresh materials not only enhances quality sleep but also promotes better overall health due to improved hygiene standards. So don't ignore those physical changes - they may be telling you something important!
Have you noticed any physical changes to your mattress lately? Maybe you noticed when you took off the mattress protector that your mattress is a bit yellow. While this can be common, this isn't the only physical change that's prevalent in mattresses. 
 If you notice sagging or dips on the surface, this could mean that the support system of your mattress is no longer effective and needs replacement. Similarly, if you feel springs poking through your box spring mattress, or hear noises when moving around, these are clear signs of wear and tear.

Factors Affecting Mattress Lifespan

Everyone needs to have good quality sleep every night, and if you're struggling, then you need to look into your mattress. There's no doubt about it that a high-quality pocketed mattress can be quite an investment. Even though this is an investment that will impact your health, sleep quality, and lifestyle, it can be intimidating to spend a large amount of money. 

Mattress Material

The material of your mattress is an important factor to consider when evaluating the quality and durability of your sleep surface. Usually, the traditional mattresses can include innerspring coils or polyurethane foam, while newer options include memory foam, latex foam, and hybrid combinations. 
With mattress technology improving every day, there are more eco-friendly mattress options for consumers to choose from. Each material offers unique advantages for comfort and support, but they also have different lifespans. So, when it comes to the material, it shouldn't only be what's more comfortable for you, but you need to think of the lifespan too. 

Maintenance and Care 

Just as you need to do proper maintenance and care for your sofa, and other living furniture in order to extend their life, it's the same for your mattress too. In fact, maintaining and caring for your mattress is crucial to ensure its longevity and comfort. While all materials and mattress manufacturers are going to have varied instructions on how to maintain your mattress, there are a few basic things that you can do yourself.
  • Always have a mattress protector on your mattress to avoid stains and dirt · Regularly clean your mattress 
  • Use a mattress topper to help extend the shape of the mattress · Avoid jumping on it (as this quickly leads to strains) 
  • Avoid heavy objects on the bed

Children and Pets 

Could you imagine that 20% of people have their sleep interrupted by their children regularly? There's a chance that pets could probably contribute to this, too, especially if they sleep with you. While children and pets have a way of affecting sleep schedules, did you know they also affect the lifespan of mattresses too? 
It's already very important to use child-sized mattresses for children, it's also vital they take care of them too. If you allow your children to jump on the bed as if it's a trampoline, then they're going to damage the mattress quickly. In cases like this, you could always get them the prairie house bed, which will make it more challenging for them to jump. As for pets, their dander can penetrate the mattress, which can cause allergies.

Upgrade Your Sleep with Caseys Furniture

At Caseys Furniture, we have a wide selection of comfortable and supportive mattresses that are designed to provide the ultimate sleep experience. From memory foam to pocket springs, we have a mattress to suit every sleeping style and budget. Invest in a good mattress today, and wake up feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to take on the day. Sweet dreams!