The Flip on Mattresses: When to Buy and How Long to Hold
August 6, 2021
Investing in your dream sleep can pay dividends for your health, and once you’ve found the right mattress the thought of replacing it will be the last thing on your mind. A mattress is a long-term hold, not a life-long hold and there is a sweet spot for when it’s time to trade it in.
Cutting ties with your bed is often shuffled to the bottom of the to-do list. It’s a big-ticket item and let’s be honest, a bit of a snoozy task. You can’t take your friends for a spin on it (usually) or wear it out at an important occasion. However, sleep is a cornerstone of good health; a good night’s kip has a positive effect on our mood, stress and weight regulation so it’s important we get plenty.
Quality plays a big factor when it’s time to retire your mattress. Those with advanced technology and superior materials can be still holding strong and providing excellent long-term support, while those of cheaper quality can roll over before they’re only a few years old if used every night.
Depending on which bed you’ve purchased, we recommend reviewing your snooze every few years. Check in with yourself to reflect on whether you are still feeling well rested each morning. A quality bed should last a long time with most of our warranties covering ten for extra peace of mind. And it’s not just the longevity of materials and features that can start to effect your sleep as the years go on. Think about your sight, your health, your nutrition. All of these needs change year on year as we get older. Just as a glasses prescription won’t be as accurate five years down the track, the same goes for the support you need from your bed. This is why we always recommend speaking to a bed specialist, who will tailor fit your next bed, to your individual life stage and sleep needs.
Here are four signs it’s time to trade up to better snooze:
Bright-eyed and bushy tailed no more? Your dated mattress could be to blame. Over time mattresses become the host for allergens and dust mites, who seek solace in warm, humid environments. This can introduce new allergy symptoms or worsen pre-existing ones—like coughing, congestion and watery-eyes—that interrupt your blissful slumber.
Thrills and spills
We’re for the moments spent in the bedroom, which often extend far beyond sleep. From breakfast in bed, to sick days under the covers, watching the goal winning try to more energetic pursuits; there’s plenty of opportunities for your mattress to wear the impact. Spills and stains are almost inevitable and are a strong indicator of how hygienic your sleeping surface may be, as they ultimately impact your health and immunity.
Waking up stiff
If you’re waking up with muscle or back stiffness, you may no longer may be getting the support you need from your mattress. Although many mattress cores—whether spring, latex or foam—flaunt durability, bearing the weight of a full-grown human takes its toll over the years and can have your body feeling a little weathered too.
Struggling to sleep through the night is a potential sign your mattress isn’t offering the comfort it used to—especially if you find you sleep better elsewhere. Partner disturbance can play a big role in this too; an old mattress tends to accentuate every movement while a new one is better at minimizing the effects felt from tossing and turning. Check your mattress for lumps, bumps and valleys, even small ones can have a big impact on your slumber.
Over a decade you’ll clock up nearly 30,000 hours of sleep in your bed. Although a new bed may seem to be a significant investment, a quality one should last those thousands of sleep hours, not to mention the few hundred more for other extracurricular activities. In addition, a mattress protector is a small investment for significant returns; prolonging the life of your mattress by offering an added layer of protection from allergens, dust mites, spills and stains.
Age is just a number, unless you’re a mattress—Sleep on that next time you wonder if you are losing the fight on fatigue during the day.