The average person spends an average of seven years of their life sleeping.  That’s an awful lot!  Every year, you spend an average of 2900 hours on your mattress.  Facts like this really make you wonder: how long can a mattress last?  This is a A-Mattressquestion that I, as a former owner of a very successful mattress business, was frequently asked by both my friends and customers.  It’s a well-known fact that old beds are much worse for sleep, but when exactly is it that a mattress becomes “old” and needs to be replaced?  I recently came across an article on Mattress Journal that covers this exact question.

Most official guidelines suggest replacing your mattress anywhere between every five or ten years, although there is no consensus among mattress professionals.  According to the Better Sleep Council, mattresses should be replaced every 5 to 7 years.  The general consensus of consumers is that you should replace your mattress every 8-9 years.  Through thorough research, SleepLikeTheDead.com says that innerspring mattresses last about 6 years, memory foam about 7 years, latex about 8 years, waterbeds around 9 years and air beds about 10 years.  They also discovered that sagging more than 1 inch leads to increased pain.

Here are some signs that you may want to replace your mattress:

-You wake up stiff, sore or in pain

-You feel tired, even though you got enough rest

-You have a hard time finding a comfortable position to sleep

-You’ve experienced huge changes such as weight gain or loss, pregnancy, surgery or a huge illness

-You sneeze or experience allergic symptoms when in or around your bed

-You can feel broken springs or see a deep impression in the surface of your mattress

-You feel more comfortable on a hotel mattress

-You get better sleep on the sofa

-Your mattress is older than 10 years

If any of these apply to you, it might be a good idea to get a new mattress.