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How often should you change your mattress?

People often ask how often you should change your mattress, so we've written a blog to explain everything you need to know about your mattress.

30th July, 2019
by Carl Walsh

Having a comfy mattress truly can revolutionise your life and your sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to both our mental and physical health, yet thousands of us suffer with sleep deprivation. 

Medical issues can be the cause of a bad sleep cycle but could it be your mattress that’s to blame? Here at Bed Guru, we’ve put together our guide as to why it might be time to invest in a new mattress, for the sake of your health. 

Is there a time when you should invest in a new mattress?

You generally know yourself when it’s time for a new mattress but the general consensus is you should make a change every 8 years or so. This can, however, vary by manufacturer, type of mattress and whether you sleep alone or with a partner. It also comes down to the users build, a larger person will naturally lower the longevity of a mattress.  

Sadly, mattresses aren’t designed to last for a lifetime and excessive wear and tear will only decrease your mattresses life span. So, if your mattress is old and feels like it needs replacing, then it’s time to invest in a new one. 

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What are the signs that you need a change?

There are a number of obvious signs that your mattress needs replacing. Here are some of the signs you need to look out for:

  • The first major sign is that your mattress is no longer comfortable. This may sound obvious but a lot of the time people simply adjust to the discomfort. If you’re not comfortable, this can majorly affect the amount of sleep you get so needs to be addressed quickly. 

  • If you wake up feeling stiff and sore it’s highly likely your mattress isn’t offering you the support that you need. If your pain is worse when you wake and improves throughout the day, then it’s good odds your mattress is the cause of your pain. 

  • Allergy flare ups can sometimes be caused by an old mattress. Mattresses gather dust and become a dream habitat for dust mites. Dust mite faeces can be a cause of allergy flare ups. Vacuuming and flipping your mattress are good temporary ways of limiting their impact but if they continue to be an issue it may be time to replace your mattress. 

  • Overtime mattresses can start to sag and permanently dent to our body shape.  The more your mattress sags, the more uncomfortable your sleep will be. This is something that happens naturally as your mattress ages but it can have serious implications on your quality of sleep. 

You may also be interested in: 5 reasons why you’re terrible at sleeping in hotel beds

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What are the benefits of a new mattress?

A new mattress can have numerous benefits to you, both mentally and physically. Mentally, the more sleep you get, the happier you are. Your memory improves due to an important memory solidifying process that we go through when we sleep. For example, if you’re studying for an exam and you get a good night’s sleep, you’re far more likely to remember what you learnt the next day. 

Physically, you’re far more likely to maintain muscle mass with a good night’s sleep. Our muscles repair as we sleep, so the better the night’s sleep, the more recovery your muscles get after a workout. Sleep also boosts our immune system. When our immune system is tired, it weakens, making us more susceptible to illness. 

How to get rid of an old mattress 

Often when it comes to disposing of an old mattress. we don’t really know what to do with them. You can of course pay for someone to remove them for you but naturally, this comes at a cost. at Bed Guru, we can provide you with a recycling service for your old mattress. All you need to do is select the correct option at checkout and is available to all customers buying a bed and mattress combination 

If you’re looking for the most simple methods, then going to the tip and recycling your mattress is one of the most common ways of disposal. You can try and sell it but not many people want an old mattress, so this method is unlikely to work. If you’re feeling generous, you can always donate your mattress to charity and they’ll ensure it finds a good home. #

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Tips to keep your mattress in good shape 

When you get a new mattress, as long as you take care of it, it should last at least 8 years. If it’s not cared for properly, you may find you need to buy a new one sooner than you may have liked. They’re an investment, so make sure you follow these simple tips to ensure you mattress lives for as long as possible:

  • Flip your mattress - regularly flipping your mattress helps to avoid bumps forming. For the first few months, if you can rotate it every couple of weeks this will ensure it stays comfortable over a longer period of time. If your mattress isn’t fully turnable then you can still turn it from top to bottom to have a similar effect. 

  • Sit in different places - when getting ready to head out, our favourite place to sit is the end of our bed. Try and avoid sitting in the same place as, over time, this can cause it to sag. Move around a little and share the love. 

  • Keep it protected - investing in a mattress protector ensures your mattress stays protected from dust and damage over time. 

  • Give it a regular clean - you may not think of vacuuming your mattress but it definitely works.It helps to protect it from dust mites that can cause allergy flare ups. 

  • Remove stains as soon as possible - the longer you leave a stain, the harder it is to remove. Follow our guide to removing stains from your mattress, giving you all the advice you need. 

  • Don’t jump on your bed - although jumping around on our beds may seem like fun at the time, it’s not fun for our mattresses! It can be dangerous for you but also damages the coils and springs in your mattress, so just don’t do it. 

We hope our guide has helped you decide whether it’s time to get a new mattress. If you need any more hints and tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and one of our dedicated sleep experts will be more than happy to help answer any questions you have. 

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