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Uncovering the Lifespan of Your Mattress and When to Replace It

Mar 13, 2024

A man and woman test mattresses in a bright store. He leans forward, both hands on the mattress to test the firmness while the woman is sitting on another mattress to test the comfort. They are not engaged, perhaps zoned in their own mattress experiences.

Ever wondered why you’re not getting that sweet, rejuvenating sleep you once did? Well, your mattress might just be signaling it’s time for a change. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of mattress lifespans, pick up on those tell-tale signs it’s time for a new one, and discover some handy tips to keep your mattress in top-notch condition for as long as possible.   

And hey, if you’re eyeing a new mattress but worried where and how to shop, we’ve got some comforting news about lease-to-own solutions that might just be the answer you’re looking for. 

Understanding a Mattress’s Lifespan 

Why can’t your mattress just last forever? Well, like any good thing, mattresses have a lifespan due to the natural wear and tear they endure. Over years of use, the materials in your mattress start to compress and lose their ability to support your body properly. This can lead to a decrease in comfort and sleep quality — not to mention the buildup of dust mites, allergens and body oils that can affect your health.   

A good rule of thumb to remember: On average, a mattress is supposed to last seven to 10 years. So, while it might be tempting to hold onto that old faithful mattress, upgrading to a new one can be a game-changer for your sleep and overall health. Keeping the same mattress for too long can cause you harm, leading to sleepless nights and achy mornings.   

Memory foam and latex lovers, you’re in luck; with the right care, your beds can hug your contours for a good decade. But, no matter the type — from innerspring to hybrid — the longevity of your mattress also hinges on how you use it (nightly TV show binges included) and how well you look after it. 

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Mattress 

When your mattress starts to wave the white flag, it’s crucial to recognize the signals it’s sending your way. Let’s break down these signs into two main categories: physical and health-related. 

Physical Signs:  

  • Visible Sagging: A clear indicator. If there’s a noticeable dip in the middle or edges where you usually sleep, your mattress is screaming for retirement. 

  • Lumps and Bumps: Over time, the padding inside mattresses can shift, leading to uncomfortable lumps that disrupt your sleep. 

  • Springs or Cores Poking Through: Especially in innerspring mattresses, feeling the springs poke through the top of the mattress means the protective layers are worn out. 

  • Noisy Springs: If your mattress starts to creak and groan every time you move, the springs are likely worn and no longer providing the support they should. 

Health and Comfort Indicators:  

  • Waking Up Tired or Sore: If you consistently wake up feeling like you haven’t slept or with new aches and pains, your mattress may be the cause. 

  • Increased Allergies or Asthma Symptoms: Mattresses can harbor allergens like dust mites and pet dander over time, worsening respiratory or skin conditions. 

  • Better Sleep Elsewhere: Finding yourself getting a better night’s sleep on the couch, in a guest bed or at a hotel is a strong indication your mattress isn’t doing its job. 

  • Difficulty Getting Comfortable: Tossing and turning more than usual can be a sign that your mattress no longer provides the comfort or support your body needs. 

Extending Your Mattress’s Life 

A well-loved mattress doesn’t have to age prematurely. With the right care, you can extend its life and enjoy many nights of restful sleep. Here’s how:  

  • Vacuum Regularly: Keeping your mattress clean from dust and debris can significantly extend its life. Aim for a gentle vacuuming session every couple of months. 

  • Use a Mattress Protector: A high-quality protector can shield your mattress from spills, stains and the accumulation of skin cells and oils — all of which can degrade the materials over time. 

  • Deal with Spills Immediately: Accidents happen, but quick action can prevent permanent damage. Use a mild detergent and cold water for spot cleaning. 

  • Check your Bed Frame and Box Spring: Ensure they’re in good condition and offer even support. Weak or broken slats and aged box springs can cause your mattress to sag. 

  • Rotate Regularly: Flipping or rotating your mattress every three to six months can prevent uneven wear and extend its lifespan. Note that some modern mattresses are designed for one-side use, so rotation is key. 

Ready for a Dreamy Upgrade? 

Finding the perfect mattress can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re yearning for the contouring comfort of memory foam, the resilience of latex or a hybrid (the best of all worlds), the right mattress for your sweet dreams is out there. With Acima Leasing’s flexible payment options, upgrading to that perfect sleep experience without using credit* has never been easier or more accessible. Don’t compromise on your comfort or health because of roadblocks with traditional financing. Visit our website today and explore a range of retailers with high-quality mattresses that offer you a lease-to-own opportunity with flexible payment options designed to fit you.  

Common Questions 

Can I use a mattress topper to extend the life of my mattress? 

Yes, a mattress topper can add an extra layer of comfort and support, potentially extending the life of your mattress by reducing direct wear and tear. 

How do I dispose of my old mattress responsibly? 

Many cities offer mattress recycling programs to help reduce landfill waste. Alternatively, check if the retailer or manufacturer of your new mattress offers a take-back program. 

Are there any health risks associated with keeping a mattress too long? 

Yes, over time, mattresses can accumulate dust mites, allergens and other irritants that may pose health risks, especially for those with allergies or respiratory issues.