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Is Your Mattress Past Its Prime?

Woman sleeping in bed

July 2024


Did you know that we spend roughly a third of our lives curled up in bed, dreaming away? That’s a lot of time spent with one very important piece of furniture: your mattress. But like all good things, mattresses don’t last forever. The big question is, how long do they last, and how can you tell when it’s time to start mattress shopping again?

The Lifespan of a Mattress: What to Expect

Generally, mattresses have a lifespan of about 7 to 10 years, but don’t be surprised if yours starts to dip in comfort before then. If you’re starting to dread bedtime because of your mattress, it’s a clear sign you need a new one, regardless of its age.

Which Mattresses Go the Distance?

In the vast sea of mattresses, you’ll find mainly three types: innerspring, foam, and latex. Innerspring mattresses, the old-timers of the mattress world, have been around since 1857. Despite their long history and various updates, they tend to have the shortest lifespan. On the flip side, latex mattresses, known for their durability, often outlast their counterparts.

But it’s not just about longevity. When you’re mattress shopping, think about what suits your sleep style, not just what lasts the longest.

Innerspring Mattresses: A Closer Look

Inside an innerspring mattress, you’ll find a network of steel coils providing support. Some stick to the traditional coil setup, while others add layers of memory foam or plush pillowtops for extra comfort. Typically, these mattresses last between 5.5 to 6.5 years, but the type of coil can influence their lifespan.

Connected coils work as a unit, which isn’t ideal for couples but works fine for solo sleepers. However, if two people share such a mattress, it wears out faster, often in less than five years. Unconnected coils, which move independently and are usually cushioned with foam or padding, offer a more durable and comfortable option, potentially extending the mattress’s life beyond seven years.

Foam Mattresses: What’s the Deal?

Foam mattresses vary widely in price and durability, depending on the material. Polyurethane foam mattresses are the budget-friendly option but don’t hold up well over time, especially with daily use. They can start sagging and lose support within a year.

Memory foam, a NASA invention from the 1970s, offers a more supportive and durable option. These mattresses conform to your body, distribute weight evenly, and maintain their shape night after night. Thanks to advancements in manufacturing and increased competition, memory foam mattresses have become more affordable and can last from eight to ten years.

Latex Mattresses: The Long-Lasting Luxury

Latex mattresses are the cream of the crop, offering durability and full-body support. They’ve been around since the 1960s and were once considered a luxury due to their high cost. However, prices have dropped thanks to technological advancements, making them more accessible. These mattresses, made from plant- or petroleum-based materials, can last over a decade, with some even reaching the 15-year mark with proper care.

Knowing When to Say Goodbye to Your Mattress

If you’re not waking up refreshed or if you’re dealing with chronic back pain, your mattress might be the culprit. Look for signs of wear, like sagging or deep impressions where you sleep. These are clear indicators that it’s time for a new mattress.

To get the most out of your mattress, remember to rotate it 180 degrees every three months. This helps it wear evenly and can extend its life.

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