Wondering how often you should replace your mattress?
The experts from Better Sleep Council recommend replacing your mattress every seven to 10 years. However, some mattresses are designed to be 'flipped'. That means you can turn over your mattress and flip it from top to tail to help your mattress last longer.
Flipping your mattress allows you to prolong the life of your mattress, but there are other factors that will help your bed stay good enough for Goldilocks.
Tempur is a material that springs back to life after each sleep and is guaranteed to last for years. It responds to your specific shape and weight and was originally known for being firm. In fact, it's made from pressure-relieving material that was designed for NASA.
For those who like a softer mattress you can now also get a Tempurpedic mattress with extra cushioning that envelops you like a cloud while you sleep.
Serena Williams is a big fan of the Tempurpedic mattress. She says, “This is the only mattress that adapts to my body, relieving pressure points so I sleep deeply and wake up ready to perform on the court and conquer whatever the day might hold."
A Tempurepedic mattress should last at least 10 years.
Memory foam mattress
Memory foam was also developed by NASA to absorb shock in airplane seats. At some point it made its way onto our beds and became a mattress favourite.
The foam contours around your body and is pliable which means unlike a spring mattress you're less likely to be woken by your sleeping partner if they toss and turn during the night.
But how long do memory foam mattresses last?
To prolong the life of your memory foam mattress, Ecosa recommend you clean your mattress every 6 months. If it has a removable cover, pop it in the washing machine, or run the vacuum cleaner over it. Voila!
Ecosa offer a 15 year warranty on their memory foam mattresses so if you want a mattress that will last, memory foam is a good choice.
Box spring mattress
A box spring is a base that sits under your mattress. It provides a foundation for your mattress and can help it last longer than if you had it on the floor.
Other base options are futons or wooden frames, but no matter which you choose, they will probably last as long as your mattress.
Although babies sleep a lot you'll rarely have to worry about changing the mattress in your child's cot.
According to Pregnancy Birth & Baby, children will generally move from a cot to a bed by the time they're 3 and a half. Your cot mattress will still have plenty of life left in it.
If baby number two (or three) is also going to sleep in the cot then the same rule applies as to mattresses for adults: generally change them every 8-10 years.
"In 8 years the average person will shed nearly 5kg of dead skin in bed"Stephanie Roberts-Baxter
Philip Tierno, New York University microbiologist told Business Insider that tiny microscopic life forms make themselves at home in our mattresses and can potentially affect our health.
It's due to all the dust we slough off while we sleep.
"All that cellular debris collects between your sheet and the sheet over the mattress." These substances can trigger chronic sinus problems, asthma-like symptoms and eczema in people with existing allergies says Tierno. A side effect of which can include snoring.
So if you're having trouble sleeping, at least make sure your mattress is as dust-free as possible and change it sooner rather than later.
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