If you were asked how long do you think a mattress should last, what would your answer be? Five years? 10 years? Or would you say something shocking like 15 years?
It’s not uncommon for people to believe that a mattress should last around 10-15 years, even if they’ve only paid a couple of hundred pounds for it.
The NBF estimates the average replacement cycle is 11-12 years. Most people only replace their mattresses when they’re finding them uncomfortable.
But what they don’t take into account is that it is not just about how the mattress looks or feels – there are other factors involved. Your mattress may look okay to the naked eye but what’s really going on inside? Is it still supporting you correctly? Is it still offering the optimum levels of comfort?
There’s also the hygiene aspect too. Each year you shed a pound of skin (454 grams) into your mattress and lose around half a pint (285 ml) of moisture while sleeping each night. Plus regular mattress replacement is vital to reduce the prevalence of the house dust mites linked with many allergic health problems.
That’s why our ‘Seven Year Hitch’ campaign looks at why you should be thinking about replacing your bed around seven to eight years. We often find many people think replacing after this time is quite excessive but if you take a £1,000 bed over seven years it only works out at 20p per night. It’s not a huge price to pay for getting a good night’s sleep – especially when we know how important sleep is to our health and wellbeing.
A good mattress is instrumental to a good night’s sleep – an old uncomfortable bed can rob you of up to an hour’s sleep a night – so don’t put a time constraint on it.
If you are unsure whether your mattress needs replacing or not, take our Bed MOT here.