If you wore a pair of shoes every day you wouldn’t expect them to be in any fit state after seven years. Yet it’s surprising that if you ask people how long they think their bed should last, most believe around 10-15 years – if not longer!

So for the duration of May we’ve been asking our Twitter and Facebook followers to let us know how long they’ve had their current bed and here’s what they had to say:

The Sleep Council May-poll-300x180 How Long Have You Had Your Bed?

The biggest percentage was definitely in the 6-10 years bracket, which is what we would expect.

What’s worrying though, is how many have had their bed for over 10 years – 29%. And 14% for over 15 years!  We actively encourage people to look at replacing their bed around every seven years if they want to get the best possible night’s sleep.

So why seven years? Well we haven’t just plucked this figure from nowhere!  Independent research carried out for us showed that beds as little as six years old could offer significantly less support and comfort than a new one, thanks to wear and tear not just from body weight and movement but also sweat and debris such as skin, scales, hair etc – not a nice thought is it?! Click here for more information.

It’s also been proved that an old bed can rob you of up to an hour’s sleep a night. And if you compare sleep on a new bed versus an old bed sleep quality is better – that is, less disturbed and more recuperative sleep – with three times fewer physical movements and two times fewer micro-awakenings being recorded.

So if you are one of those sleeping on a mattress over seven years old, it’s time to seriously considering replacing it. Don’t put up with less than the best – get out there and buy a new one!

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