The lifespan of a mattress can differ hugely for a variety of reasons. The materials used in the construction of the mattress, the frequency and nature of use, and the size and sleeping patterns of those sleeping on the mattress can all have an effect on how long a mattress will last.
Even the best mattresses will start to become less comfortable and effective eventually.
In order to help decide whether it's time for a new mattress, consider these questions:
If the answer to some or all of these questions is 'yes', then you should certainly consider a new mattress. Although some mattresses will last far longer than others, we recommend visiting a bed shop (preferably our own!) after 5 to 7 years to see whether you might benefit from a new mattress.
Even if your current mattress isn't showing any signs of wear, it is worth trying out a new mattress for some other reasons.
As we age, our sleep behaviour changes, and this can have an effect on what sort of mattress will suit you best. People who sleep on their sides may need a softer mattress than those who sleep on their back or front.
Take into consideration any changes in your health – sufferers of back pain may need a firmer mattress, and heavier people will typically need a firmer mattress.
Finally, it is worth considering that mattress technology and materials are developing at a rapid rate, and there have been considerable advances made in our understanding of sleep and the way our bodies recover during the night, as well as technology and material improvements.
Because the quality of our sleep affects every aspect of our lives, it is important to get the best out of each nights rest – if you think you could be getting a better quality of sleep, it could be time for a change.
Have a look at the range of mattresses we sell online, or for some advice about which type of mattress may suit you the best, try our guide: 'Which mattress is right for me?'