Like trying to ask someone how long a piece of string is or being able to get a zero on every round of Pointless, knowing when it’s time for a new mattress can pose a challenge if you don’t know what to be looking for. If you can’t tell your open-sprung from your pocket-sprung, when will you know the time is right to go mattress shopping?
That’s why in this Bedtime Story, we wanted to help those who are unsure pick up on the signals and be confident in knowing how often you should change your mattress. We can promise there are no surprises or hidden tricks; just a clear understanding of what to ask yourself and what to look out for.
Knowing why someone would change a mattress
When visiting a local Bedtime store, customers will frequently ask our bedding experts if they even need a new mattress when they’ve had one for years. Not everyone shopping for one will know the signs that their mattress is working optimally or that it suits their sleeping style.
The UK Sleep Council estimates that you should change your mattress every seven to eight years. Those seven years add up to around 17,885 hours spent in bed for someone who sleeps seven hours a night. Such a large amount of time doesn’t make it seem too crazy to think you might want a new mattress after a few years.
Tell-tale signs your mattress needs changes
So, what are the red flags that your mattress has seen better days? There could be a number of reasons to change a mattress aside from simply thinking you don’t get a good night’s sleep.
Take the sheets off your bed, have a good look at the mattress, hop on, and ask yourself these questions:
- Is the mattress sagging when I sit/lie on it?
- Does the mattress not want to bounce back when you get off?
- Is the mattress making noises when you get on and off or roll over?
- Are you showing allergic signs like waking up with a runny nose or itchy eyes?
- Are you waking up sore after a full night’s sleep, especially in your lower back or shoulders?
If you answered Yes to any of the above, it’s a sign you need a new mattress.
When is the best time to buy a mattress?
Again, there’s a bit of an old wives’ tale mentality around when to buy a mattress. Back in the days, long before you could buy a mattress online, it was touted that late summer/early autumn was the best time to buy a mattress, as that’s when new lines would come out. The truth is that this isn’t the case anymore.
There is no such thing as the “best” time to buy a mattress. And, without blowing our own trumpet, any time of year is the best time to get a new mattress at Bedtime. We continually have sales popping out throughout the year, and there’s barely a day goes by where you won’t see unbeatable deals on every type of mattress imaginable.
How can I make my mattress last longer?
You might not want a new mattress or can’t afford one just now. If that’s the case, you can take a few small steps to prolong use. Firstly, if you’re not one to regularly rotate your mattress make a habit of it, and doing so helps let the sections you sleep on have a break.
You also want to get yourself a mattress protector. They help keep a mattress’ hygiene in good order, protect the top from things like sweat (completely normal for anyone sleeping) and add a little extra comfort in instances where you’re starting to lose it.
How to get rid of an old mattress?
If you now know you need a new mattress, your instincts will kick in and wonder what you should do with your soon to be old mattress. We recommend doing the following:
- Contact a local charity shop and see if they would like the mattress
- Visit your local council website and see if you can leave the mattress at a local recycling centre
Also, check if your local council will be able to collect the mattress as it could be listed as a bulk waste item on their site.
Changing to a mattress that suits you
This article has had a lot of information to take in. If you’re a little overwhelmed, but now know you need to change your mattress, you’re in luck!
Simply use the Bedtime Mattress Finder, and we’ll help you find your ideal mattress. Answer a few simple questions, and we’ll figure out which mattresses, from the hundreds we have in stock, suit your needs best. It’s the easiest way to be reassured you’re buying the best mattress possible.