Almost 1/3 of our life is spent on bed. It is essential that pieces of bedding equipment should be top notch and maintained properly. Sleep is necessary for our functioning and an old or uncomfortable mattress or bed can affect your moods, energy levels and daily activities. So it is imperative that you should buy a replacement when it reaches its age or becomes unsuitable for use. But, exactly when should you replace your mattress?
The Rule Of Thumb
Both industry leaders and Sleep Council suggest you replace your mattress after 8 years of continuous use. By this time it’s old and worn out, and loses its form, becoming uncomfortable and lacking support. This can lead to neck and back pain, and trapped nerves. Anyone who has suffered from this type of condition will know how painful it can be, but are perhaps unaware how easily it can be alleviated.
Check Your Sleep Quality
How you wake up in the morning can determine the need for change or not. If you feel tired, pains or aches and your muscles become stiff or numb when you wake up then it is not a good sign. If you sleep comfortably in other beds and not in yours, then it is the perfect time to seek mattress replacement.
Lift up the bed sheet and check the quality that lurks underneath. Look for visible signs of damage, wear and tear, lumps or sagging. Check if the springs are broken or they are making noises, creaking and squeaking all night long under your pressure. Any of these signs means it’s time to buy a new mattress.
Apart from performance issues, mattresses also become a hot bed for bacteria to breed and thrive. Previous research conducted on mattresses used over 8 continual years has commonly found the existence of mold, yeasts and bacteria. Most of us sweat in our sleep on various degrees, which passes through the bed sheets for sure. We focus on cleaning the sheets and pillows but the mattress keeps becoming a favorable ground for bacterial growth posing health risks.
Over the years bacteria and mould spores build up and we never find out because they are invisible. We can breathe them in and develop illness. People prone to allergies or breathing and skin problems are more at risk in this case. So you must replace any, even the most expensive mattresses, after long years of usage.
Tips for Better Mattress Health
Here are some tips that will help you conduct effective care more easily:
- Make sure your bedroom is well ventilated. Keep the windows open in the morning so the room airs out.
- When washing sheets and bedding materials, use a hot wash with temperature of 60 C or more. This is the temperature ideal for killing germs and bacteria.
- Use a cover or protector to reduce the amount of material that seeps out of the sheets and into the mattress. You can wash and change it regularly for better hygiene.
- After any warm nights where excessive sweating may have occurred, in the morning, do not make your bed straight away. Leave the duvet uncovered with the sheets exposed. This is a quick way for everything to air and dry, reducing the breeding ground for bacteria and also reducing odors.
These tips will ensure that whether it’s a memory foam, latex or air, it will last longer. Normally, mattresses last for around 8 years with good care, and for less without the basic tips mentioned above. The most important thing to remember is good hygiene and basic care is certainly the easiest and effective method for longevity.