A mattress is a significant investment and buyers want it to last as long as possible. According to the Sleep Institute, the average lifespan of a mattress is between 7 to 10 years with ordinary use. However, there are a myriad of variables that can compromise that lifespan.
Mattresses don’t come with a specific expiration date. Over time, mattresses develop dips, dunks and sagging. It happens slowly and sleepers often become so accustomed to the flaws they don’t realize how much the mattress has deteriorated. The support a mattress provides is essential to quality sleep. The body uses the downtime that sleep provides to repair itself. Disturbed and unrestful sleep disrupts that process.
It’s up to the individual – or couple – to decide when a mattress has outlived its comfort level, support and usefulness. Waking up with aches, pains, or feeling unrefreshed can be signs that a new mattress is in order.
The materials used in the construction of the mattress, such as latex and high-density foam, can last for a considerable length of time. Those constructed with low-density foam will wear out quicker. Latex mattresses typically last the longest, followed by those of high-density memory foam or polyfoam. Coming in at 3rd place is low-density foam and hybrids. Last are traditional innerspring mattresses that usually last 5 to 6 years.
The way the mattress is built will affect its longevity. High quality mattresses are expensive and can incorporate a variety of technology into the build. There’s a substantial difference in the way an inexpensive entry-level mattress is constructed compared to others. However, be aware that there are also some expensive, high-end mattresses on the market that won’t withstand the test of time.
Weight and Sleep Position
Heavier individuals will discover their mattress may need to be replaced more often. Those who are side sleepers typically experience sagging at the hips and shoulders.
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