It’s World Sleep Day on March 17th, and in light of this special celebration of sleeping we’re posting some special blogs this month covering all things to do with how we sleep. In yesterday’s blog we had a look at the best and worst positions for sleeping, and today we’re going to talk about how frequently you should change your mattress.
When to Change Your Mattress
Sleeping experts recommend that we change our mattress once every eight years. This is due to the fact that a mattress will lose most of its original support and comfort during this period of time. In addition, a mattress can build up dead skin cells, allergens, germs and even bedbugs over eight years regardless of how often we wash our bed linen.
However, you should not wait a full eight years to replace your mattress if it is already showing signs of wear and tear. Dips in the mattress, springs that stick out and creaks and groans from the mattress are all signs that you need to purchase a new mattress. Failing to do so will have a negative effect on your sleep, which will in turn affect your mental and physical well-being.
Benefits of Changing Your Mattress
Changing your mattress every eight years or when there are signs of wear and tear ensures you have a firm and supportive mattress. It’s important to sleep on a supportive mattress as this helps to keep your body straight and your spine in a neutral position, which in turn helps to prevent you from putting any unnecessary pressure on your joints and reduces the likelihood of waking up in the morning with stiffness or joint pains.
It’s a good idea to purchase a mattress with a warranty to ensure you get your money’s worth. A number of our mattresses come with warranties, including:
- Cladagh Mattress range: 5 year warranty
- Vitality Visco Mattress range: 3 year warranty
- Thermopure Mattress range: 10 year warranty
If you suffer from back or joint pain then you may want to consider purchasing a gel mattress, which is designed to provide immediate pressure relief and ensures a temperature regulated sleep. For more information about the different types of mattresses available, please refer to our Mattress Buying Guide.
Changing your mattress every eight years or when it is showing signs of wear and tear is an important part of maintaining a healthy sleep cycle, and will benefit you greatly in the long run.