how often are you supposed to buy a new mattress

Why: With proper maintenance, including annual servicing, a room or central air conditioner can easily run for up to 15 years, especially if you don’t operate it year round, says Bill Harrison, president elect of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Unlike allergens like cat dander, however, the protein that triggers reactions to dust mites isn’t typically airborne, he says, so symptoms that are particularly strong first thing in the morning is a good sign the problem might be your pillow.
In fact, pillows should probably be replaced around every six months, says Robert Oexman, DC, director of the Sleep to Live Institute, and definitely within two years, according to WebMD, a stark difference from the five-to-10-year lifespan of the typical mattress.
Setting aside the upsetting imagery of spider relatives holding meetings in your pillows, dust mite accumulation can cause very real health problems, namely unpleasant reactions in people who are allergic to the bugs.
The perfect pillow positions your head into alignment when you’re snuggling in your favorite sleep position, says Oexman.
Roughly 20 percent of people have allergies, says Neustrom, and of those who do, around two thirds may be allergic to the types of dust mites that congregate indoors, he says.
And what about that old trick to measure pillow support of folding it in half and then placing a shoe on top to see if it will stay put? Oexman says this carries no weight whatsoever.
"People talk about how nasty a mattress gets," says Oexman, but pillows are more frequently forgotten.
 “The mattress is quite literally the foundation of a good night’s rest,” said Karin Mahoney, spokeswoman for the Better Sleep Council, a non-profit organization supported by the mattress industry with a mission to help consumers sleep better.
 So if you are waking up with aches and pains, if you’re not sleeping through the night, those are some good indications it’s time for a new mattress,” said Karin Mahoney, spokeswoman for the Better Sleep Council.
While many in the mattress industry suggest consumers replace their mattresses every five-to-10 years, Consumer Reports said there is no time limit.
“We find that a lot of the springs and a lot of the support systems will start failing after about five or six years, depending on the size of the individual and the activity you might sustain in that bed,” said Jacobson, a professor of health and human performance at OSU who also once served as a Sleep Council spokesman.
A mattress can be an expensive investment—we’ve tested models that cost in excess of $4,000—but if you treat your new one properly, it could easily last 10 years.
    Perform these steps every two weeks for the first three months you have your new mattress, then once every two months thereafter.
If you have a single-sided mattress (you sleep on only one side), rotate the mattress from end to end—that is, move the mattress 180 degrees.
    If you have a double-sided mattress, rotate it as above, then turn it over so the bottom is now on top.
Essential information: See “How to buy a mattress without losing sleep” for detailed advice on finding the perfect bed.
You’ve probably logged more than 30,000 hours in your bed, and your mattress has likely  become less comfortable and less supportive.
• Your mattress looks or feels saggy or lumpy—it needs go on the Abs Diet.
• You’re over age 40 and your mattress is five to seven years old.
But there’s no set formula for determining when you need to replace a mattress.
My mattress is getting on in years.
Do you wake up with stiffness, numbness, or aches and pains? Do you feel tired when you wake up in the morning? Do you find that you sleep better in hotel bed than your own? These can all be signs that your mattress doesn’t provide the support and comfort that you need and should be replace.
People tend to avoid mattress shopping because it’s time consuming, confusing and potentially expensive.No matter how old your mattress is, do you really need a new mattress? If you have a high-end mattress, or your mattress doesn’t get much use, you can usually wait a longer time before replacing it.
If you’re older than 40, it may be wise to get a new mattress every five to seven years because our bodies are more susceptible to pressure as we get older.
Experts suggest that a good rule of thumb is to replace your mattress every seven years.
When shopping for a mattress, it is suggested that you lie down for a full 15 minutes in your typical sleeping position, if you’re able to experience the mattress in person.
Experts found that shoppers who have liked the mattress after testing it for 15 minutes enjoyed the mattress the same after a month’s time.
In seven years, the mattress will most likely not be providing you the most comfort and support.
If your mattress is feeling lumpy or your children have done so many acrobatics on it that it is one of the rings in a 3-ring circus, then maybe it is time you buy a new mattress! If you wake up feeling like a contortionist and need a little back pain relief, then maybe it’s time to get rid of those aches and pains and splurge on a new latex mattress or a memory foam mattress.
It’s pretty basic common sense thankfully when it comes to a decision on when you should buy a new mattress – how does your current one feel, do you suppose it may be dust mite infested, are you developing allergies to it? These are all things to consider when weighing out whether it’s time to buy a new mattress.
Okay, so you’ve had your current mattress for how long you can’t remember and you want to know – When should I buy a new mattress? If you are keeping track of it like you would your oil change (specific timing), you would change your mattress out every 5 years or so, but maybe you think you get more “mileage” out of your mattress than most people because you aren’t as rough with it as other people are.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A WCCO viewer named Marilyn heard a recent mattress commercial claim dust mites can double the weight of our mattress after eight years, which is when it should be replaced.
John Sweet, an allergist with the Hennepin County Medical Center and Fairview Health Services, says that although there are likely more than a million dust mite particles in a mattress, they’ll only affect a person that’s allergic.
Mattress Firm, a company whose logo includes the phrase “Replace after Eight,” says it follows the guidelines of the Better Sleep Council, a non-profit organization supported by the mattress industry, which is 5 to 7 years.
Sari Martin, a spokesperson for Mattress Firm, says that a mattress bought today might now be well suited for your body years down the line.
Doctors at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center recommend considering a new mattress every seven years or when the mattress begins to affect sleep.
If you sent the landlord a letter asking for the repair, the city has issued the landlord a violation, and you withhold rent, "you should be in pretty good shape to succeed on a Warranty of Habitability claim, which is a defense to non-payment of rent where conditions are dangerous to life, health or safety,” says Wagner.
I wash my sheets once per week and wash the sheets or blankets I use to cover my living room furniture to keep the animal hair off my fabrics every two weeks and I wash my light-weight bedspread once a month.
There are many people who only change bed sheets once every couple of weeks or once a month, though, and as long as you don’t have terrible allergies, a compromised immune system, it’s not likely to cause huge problems if you occasionally change your sheets less frequently than recommended.
Several surveys report that the majority of people change their sheets anywhere from once a week to once a month, but it’s a good idea to change them every week.
I change my sheets every six to eight weeks, and I’m the healthiest person I know! Fair enough, if you like the work associated with changing and laundering bedding more often, go ahead.
I change my sheets about every two weeks but I change my pillow case every other night.
It is a good idea to wash the sheets once a week even if they do not look dirty, but because of dust mites.
Those with allergies and people with night sweats should change their sheets often.
I bathe every night before bed and change my sheets three times a week, sometimes four.
My boyfriend has night sweats and an oily skin and washes his sheets when they get yellow, after a few weeks or so (in the best case scenario).
Where i come from, some country folks think people from US or Europe — heck the white man — is very clean, and in this particular topic, would change sheets every day.
I clean sheets but I change my sheets once every few weeks.
Although many experts recommend changing bed sheets weekly, they firmly advise not going more than two weeks between sheet changes to avoid any possible respiratory problems or dust mite infestations.
It’s a good idea to have three sets of sheets, so that you can have one set available for immediate changing, one on the bed, and one in the wash.
I had no idea people did it every week, though! Granted, going to sleep with fresh sheets is great, but that seems a bit too frequent.
People with extreme allergies may need to change their bed sheets as often as every day.
You should always wash sheets immediately after night sweats, incontinence, or food stains.
I change my sheets (and all my bedding) every other week.
To eliminate these pests from sheets, blankets and clothes, wash items in water over 140°F (60°C).
Through immersion into the 4" cells, a ROHO cushion aims to reduce the extrinsic risk factors of peak pressures, shear and friction, and microclimate in pressure ulcer development; however, it is important to assess the client individually for other risk factors including, but not limited to, nutrition, circulation, and previous history of pressure ulcers which NO cushion is able to affectively address.
A ROHO cushion works by increasing the contact area of the individual when they immerse (sink) into the product thus redistributing the force so there is limited peek pressures at one specific landmark.
When anything is placed between an individual and the cushion, even a ROHO cover, surface tension is increased and thus they have a more difficult time immersing (sinking) into the cushion effectively.
Now that you have taken the step to deal with your allergies, from dust mites and other allergens with special dust mite allergy covers, you need to know how to take care of your mattress and pillow covers.
When you remove the allergy mattress covers from the washing machine make sure all the water is out of the cover or you and the floor may get wet.
If the covers are for a child with dust mite allergies and the child still has accidents every so often then the mattress covers will need to be washed more often.
The dust mite covers on the mattress only need to be washed once or twice a year unless something is spilled on them.
All allergy mattress covers, micro fiber and membrane fabrics, should be washed in water up to 130 degrees.
First of all your dust mite covers do not need to be washed before they are put on for the first time unless you just want to.
Vinyl box spring covers require even less maintenance,  just wipe the cover down with a damp cloth whenever you flip your mattress.
I change my sheets every other week.. when I do, I spray my mattress with Lysol ( after seeing that beg bug issue on the news ) and I wash my pillows every couple of months… thank god they have the HUGE washers at the laundromat near by.
Eww to not changing your sheets less than twice a month! I change and wash sheets and duvet cover weekly; sometimes twice a week.
I love that my sheets smell great for nearly the whole week after I wash them.
I wash my sheets and my big blue blanket that covers everything once a week.
I don't wash my pillows – I guess I never thought I could – but I encase them in 2 pillow cases – a natural cotton one, closest to the pillow itself and then the 'sheet' pillow case – and I wash both of those every week.
A memory foam sleeping surface can actually improve your sleep by providing luxurious comfort and support while dramatically reducing the pressure points that occur during sleep on a conventional inner spring mattress.
(To maximize memory foam expansion, remove this product from its packaging within 72 hours of receipt, and follow instructions provided carefully.) Mattresses: Like mattress toppers (noted above), mattresses should be opened from their packaging as soon as possible after (i.e., within 72 hours of) receipt, and then allowed 48-72 hours to resume their size and shape.
Domestic production allows us to ensure that the highest quality goes into every product, and that every item meets the highest safety standards in the U.S.A. It is important to know that many memory foam products are imported, and that they often do not all meet the safe, strict quality and safety guidelines met by all Sleep Innovations products.
Unlike the memory foam products of years ago (which had tighter, closed cells that did retain heat), today’s Sleep Innovations products are temperature neutral or even specifically designed to feel cool to the touch.
Not ready to let go of your conventional inner-spring mattress? A memory foam mattress topper fits right on top of your current mattress to add comfort, support, and pressure point relief.
If you feel a memory foam mattress or mattress topper is too firm, try removing the conventional mattress pad to allow the memory foam material to be more responsive to your body temperature.
Sleep Innovations’ memory foam is made with the latest manufacturing technology, so all of our memory foam products have “open cells.” Open cells are designed to encourage air flow.
If you feel the memory foam mattress or mattress topper is too soft, try adding a conventional mattress pad to make the mattress seem firmer without losing the pressure point relief.
Today’s memory foam provides exceptional therapeutic cushioning and support, relieves pain and discomfort by reducing pressure points, improves circulation, and optimizes sleep temperature.
Memory foam mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows have the same properties, so they are all affected by temperature in the same way.
Memory foam mattresses are typically comprised of layers – some of which are “base foam” and some of which are “memory foam.” The firmness and stability of the mattress is provided primarily by the base layer.
To create Gel-Memory Foam, we infused gel beads into our premium memory foam, resulting in the perfect balance of comfort, support and an optimal sleep temperature.
Because only memory foam mattresses have all of these unique qualities, they provide a better night’s sleep than conventional inner-spring mattresses.
For memory foam mattresses, firmness is not an indication of how supportive your mattress will be.
Memory foam was originally developed in 1966 under contract for NASA to provide relief for astronauts undergoing the extreme physical stress of “G-Forces.” The material that was invented, visco-elastic polyurethane foam – responds to your body’s heat and gently cradles you, relieving pressure points and improving circulation.
“Always test a memory foam bed with your sleeping partner,” says Gary Baskerville, board member of the Sleep Council of Canada, a non-profit organization that represents mattress manufacturers and retailers.
Inflatable air mattresses and memory foam mattresses tend to cost far more than a basic innerspring mattress, but don’t assume that spending more guarantees you a better sleep or a more medically sound rest.
"Bedbugs are least likely to be found in the bathroom," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association.
Request that your new room be at least two floors away from the initial room, says Henriksen, since chances are good that the bugs may spread via the wallboards or electrical sockets.
"We teach kids our concerns about other insects, like bees and mosquitoes; bedbugs should be on that list as well," says Henriksen.
Bedbugs can’t survive in temperatures above 122 degrees Fahrenheit, says Henriksen, so this will assure they don’t take up residence in your drawers and closets.
Bite marks are one sign that you may have brought bedbugs home with you, says Henriksen.
"Bedbugs are not a do-it-yourself pest," says Henriksen.
"Bedbugs can travel (from) room to room, so even if initially you don’t have them, they could be in the room next to yours and they may come looking for meal sources," she says.
"The overwhelming majority of businesses in the hospitality industry are doing a great job in having an action plan in place to protect themselves and their guests," says Henriksen.
Leaving suitcases and bags on the floor — or on a second spare bed — may be one way to bring home an unwanted souvenir, says Henriksen.
"I’ve even seen people traveling with garbage bags wrapped around their suitcases," Henriksen says.
"Bedbugs are hitchhikers," says Henriksen.
#3: Apalachicola oysters: Northerners look down on Gulf Coast oysters, but this bay right off the bulge in Florida panhandle is one of the “oyster miracle places,” Jacobsen says.
They mean the same thing except briny is “salty the way sea water is salty.” Typically speaking, East coast oysters are brinier than West coast oysters — especially oysters from Maine and Massachusetts — but there are exceptions.
“Creamy” — When the oyster is buttery and not as firm, and often happens with Pacific Northwest oysters.
“Glidden Points are grown forty feet deep in the frigid Damariscotta, making them perhaps the deepest- and coldest-grown oysters on the East Coast,” Jacobsen explains.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company oyster farmer Jorge Mata carries strings of oysters while walking up a plankway at the oyster farm in California’s Point Reyes National Seashore.
“Fresh Biscuit” — Beginners oysters that don’t have a super-strong briny flavor, like Beausolais.
They’ll say that it’s cool to eat raw oysters in a month doesn’t have an “r” in it — like August — because it’s safe.
“Oysters take on the exact same salt level or whatever water they’re in,” he says.
Drakes Bay’s oyster farm supplies more than half the locally harvested oysters in the Bay Area market according to manger Scott Yancy’s interview with the Wall Street Journal.
If you’re not sure if your mattress topper cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.
If you’re not sure if your mattress cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.
Due to the temperature-sensitivity of the TEMPUR material, adding high heat can hinder its ability to react to your body temperature and conform to your body shape.
We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your mattress topper.
We do not recommend using an electric blanket or heating pad with your mattress.
If you ever do use an electric blanket or heating pad, we recommend limiting its use to 30 minutes, and only on low or medium heat.
We do not recommend using a conventional mattress pad or mattress cover with your mattress.
We recommend a cold temperature setting for machine washing and a cool setting for machine drying.
If you’re not sure if your pillow or cushion cover is removable, please refer to the tags sewn into the cover or contact our Customer Service department.