how often to buy a new mattress

"People will turn to quick fixes like over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids, but they don’t think about their mattress that’s 15 years old.
In this amount of time, you’ll likely be able to gauge if the mattress is supporting you correctly, Mahoney says, so ask your salesperson to leave you be and check back in 15.
Below, Mahoney and Tom Clifford, director of development at the National Sleep Foundation, share tips for choosing the best mattress for you.

Ask for it before you buy, and be sure you understand the details, such as whether you’re required to pay shipping, if it includes a money-back guarantee or exchange, if you must return the mattress within a certain time frame, etc.
If you think you’ll like a memory foam mattress but aren’t quite sure, try the Tempurpedic brand as they typically offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Think twice before buying a hard or firm mattress, as research has shown that the best mattress for low back pain is a medium firm mattress rather than a firm mattress.
If you read no further than this, make sure to take my advice given in tip #10: lie on the mattress in the store for 15 minutes.
The salespeople at a mattress specialty store usually have more training on the whole subject of sleep.
Choosing the right type of mattress can help reduce back pain.
Explore the process for selecting a correct support pillow and which body positions may help alleviate neck pain during sleep or during waking activities.
When shopping for a mattress, try to lie on the mattress in the store for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
When you find the most comfortable type of mattress, ask to see more of that kind.
Remember, it’s your mattress, your back, and your money, so it’s worth the time to research it and get the best mattress possible.
 “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.
Sleep is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle; take time to find a mattress that fits your comfort and support needs at a price you can afford.
Warning signs of needing a new mattress are: loss of comfort, less support, backaches, coils poking through the mattress, edge collapse, and excessive wear and tear.
You will be certain that you can find a King Koil mattress that meets your needs at the price you want to pay.
You can extend your mattress comfort and the durability of your new sleep set by setting a regular schedule for care and maintenance.
King Koil offers hundreds of mattress models encompassing a wide range of prices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The cost of a mattress appears to deter nearly 60%, who agreed “I wish I could replace my mattress every five to seven years but I can’t afford the cost.” Not surprisingly, younger respondents were more likely to agree that cost is a deterrent.
Approximately every four years, the Better Sleep Council conducts in–depth consumer research to track changes in attitudes and behaviors with regard to sleep and mattresses, the mattress replacement cycle and the shopping process.
It also shows that younger consumers are more receptive to the BSC’s current “evaluate your mattress for replacement after five to seven years” message and also are more concerned about the presence of allergens and pests in older mattresses.
Ninety–two percent of respondents agreed that it is important to replace a mattress that no longer provides good support—even if it was purchased less than seven years ago—as an investment in their health.
After shopping around, respondents whose last mattress purchase was five to 10 years ago were more likely to think that their current mattress did not need to be replaced.
The BSC’s message to consider replacing a mattress every five to seven years is largely based on recent scientific research conducted at Oklahoma State University that demonstrated significant health benefits from sleeping on a mattress less than 5 years old.
Consumers 55 and older were more likely to “strongly agree” (54%) that back problems could have been avoided had they slept on a good mattress than those 18 to 34 years old (38%) and those 35 to 54 years old (44%).
In both the focus group research and quantitative research, the reaction was almost equally split between those likely to consider replacing their mattress every five to seven years and those unlikely to consider it.
When respondents who last purchased a mattress more than five years ago were asked why they hadn’t yet replaced it, the most oft–mentioned reason was they didn’t see a need (51%).
Younger respondents (18–34) expected a quality mattress to last nine years, compared to the 10 expected by 35 to 54 year olds.
The new research shows some movement in attitudes about mattress replacement, revealing that about half of consumers find the health benefit arguments for more frequent replacement convincing.
An overwhelming majority (91%) of respondents agreed that a good mattress is essential to health and well–being.
Latex Mattress Australia are able to offer a number of alternatives to cater for different comfort preferences within the one mattress.  We can manipulate the layers of latex using different densities, or we can offer different densities on either side of the mattress.  A specific design can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
Latex Mattress Australia makes a number of different models of mattress to meet the comfort and support needs of almost anyone.
Finally, a 100% pure and natural latex mattress will last far longer than an innerspring unit making them excellent value for money.
A $4000 premium latex mattress that will last at least 20 years, only costs you 54 cents per night (CPN).
A good mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture.
However, due to the natural properties of latex rubber, if care is given to the mattress, it should last in excess of 20 years.
Durability: It’s the quality of the materials used and how they’re put together that determine how long a mattress and foundation will provide the comfort and support you bought them for.
You would not buy a new car and put old tyres on it, so why would you put a new mattress on an old base? For your new latex mattress, we recommend a slat type foundation, where the slats are not more than 125mm apart.
Putting a new mattress on an old foundation, pairing it with a foundation it wasn’t designed to work with or adding a board between the mattress and foundation will impede comfort and reduce the useful life of your new mattress.
The old mattress looks obviously worn at this point, but the box springs seem fine.
A mattress and foundation are engineered to work together as a set, and the foundation takes a lot of the nightly wear and tear and contributes to the bed’s overall comfort and support.
When you do do your mattress searching – -don’t get sucked into the Pillow Tops– yes they’re luxurious, and they’re pretty and comfy and all that – but they are a bitch to find sheets for — had to buy all new sheets to fit this stupid mattress and they don’t make pretty – high count cotton sheets to fit an 18 inch deep mattress.
The Better Sleep Council is funded by the mattress industry, which some feel has a knack for obfuscation and dubious marketing that surpasses even that of computer manufacturers.
Seriously, I’ve been through this whole cycle before, and my current mattress, when new, solved a long-time back problem and gave me trouble-free sleep for many years.
Any feedback here? I looked around on the web a bit, but most of the info I could get on the subject was from mattress dealers, who say that of _course_ you must have a new box spring.
Every mattress I have ever bought I’ve bought with a box spring – they are generally sold as a set – -to not take the box spring it can’t possibly be that big a difference in price.
I have a hard time believing the box-spring does anything except raise the bed, and supply a flat surface for the mattress to lay on.
So, in anyone’s experience, is it actually necessary to buy new box springs with a new mattress, or can I get by with just a new mattress and the old box springs.
I have to admit I have used a sheet of plywood between the mattress and box spring as well.
It’s time for a new mattress, as I’m beginning to wake up with a stiff back every morning.
Go to Sleepy’s or whatever mattress store you like, find a bed you like, then sit and wait out the grueling back-and-forth negotiation that has to take place and if the price doesn’t come down by 50% off the tag then go to the next closes Sleepy’s (or whatever) and tell them you want X bed for X dollars.
Since we were moving from a futon to a real bed in our first apartment, the frame and delivery were musts, and even with some additional shopping around during those 30-days, (looking for other furniture), our deal on the actual mattress price didn’t suffer for the free stuff.
They’re also going to try selling you a “mattress protector” or “mattress pad.” If it is a cushioned pad, then don’t bother; you are getting a new bed so why in the world would you need a pad for it, right? But, if it is a waterproof style that comes with a stain warranty for the bed, then it is worth thinking about.
Go to Sleepy’s or whatever mattress store you like, find a bed you like, then sit and wait out the grueling back-and-forth negotiation that has to take place and if the price doesn’t come down by 50% off the tag then go to the next closes Sleepy’s (or whatever) and tell them you want X bed for X dollars.
We bought our mattress, a sealy I think, from a local independent Mattress store because we liked how it felt and the price was very reasonable.
If you are looking at an innerspring mattress, ask whether the bed has any kind of “edge support.” The edge where you get out of bed is the first place that will break down, so the mattress should either have some type of heavier steel gauge for the coils or some sort of heavier foam around the edge.
“This article reads like it is – a sales pitch from a guy whose family has been in the mattress business for X years.
Learned several years ago while shopping for a mattress that different stores will have the exact same mattress as another store, but with a different name on it (same brand).
If you’re dying for a Temperpedic mattress, but don’t want to shell out an insane amount of money, you can get comparable memory foam matresses at Costco or for much less.
The mattress I’m currently sleeping on I’m disappointed by, having not known anything about mattresses when I made the purchase.
One thing you will not find at your local mattress store is a wide selection of Air Mattresses.
A salesperson actually told me to buy a cheaper/less comfortable mattress because “children don’t really need the extra comfort”.
Mattress manufactures contractually set minimum prices that they allow retailers to sell their mattresses at, so they either have to price them at that minimum or overprice them and negotiate.
That’s $400 per year! (the mattress I own now cost that much) Who can afford that, for one thing? And for another, I have heard way too many people like Beth and Mark above say that mattresses are grossly overpriced and there are ways to get them for less.
We found stores would price match if we found the same brand mattress with the same coil count (indicating the same exact mattress).
We just bought a new Stearns & Foster king size bed from Sealy’s Mattress and More stores.
Heck, after reading all the mattress articles I’m not even sure what the words “firm” and “soft” mean anymore.
This article reads like it is – a sales pitch from a guy whose family has been in the mattress business for X years.
I remember it saying how it is hard to compare prices because one company gives the same mattress different names depending on what store it will be sold in.
My wife and I just bought a mattress (Seriously JD, why is it that we’re always doing the same thing at the same time…) We found Sleepy’s too salesy.
“Mattress salespeople are pretty good at finding the best fit for customers” – I had to chuckle at this item.
We paid about $1200 for the lower-end queen size mattress and “foundation” (basically the box spring that supports the mattress).
I’ve never paid more than half price for a mattress.
The salesperson there adviced me to buy the waterproof mattress protector, in case there were any “accidents”, and that was good advice.
I eventually bought a very nice pillow top mattress at another store.
Not sure if this will be helpful, but some other bloggers just bought a new mattress that they heavily researched and decided to go with an environmentally friendly version.
If you are looking for an Air Mattress – check out to see all of the available options and reviews of the top mattresses.
We knew some of these when we bought the mattress I have now and I think we made a good buy.
I do not notice any difference in the feel of the mattress and 2 years later it’s still looks and feels like it’s brand new.
If a store is willing to negotiate mattress prices, then they are overpriced, so make sure you get them down a considerable amount.
You might not want to sleep on an Air Mattress every night, but they sure are useful for when you have guests in town.
Mattress wear and tear is a very gradual process and we recommend on average that you replace your mattress every 8 years for a good quality mattress and every 3-5 years for a budget model.
However, this is an unconscious position for sleepers and therefore we would recommend a Firmer mattress tension to support the other areas such as hips, waist and chest.
When you begin to have restless nights sleep and starting to feel uncomfortable then it is time to replace your mattress.
Also it is far more economical to buy a divan as a set than a mattress only,then a base a few months down the line, manufacturers always offer better deals on the whole bed.
The base may look OK but it will inevitably have weakened in some places over time, any damage on the base will have a detrimental effect on the lifespan of the new mattress.
Astonishing Sleep Fact! According to a study carried out by Australian scientists, just one sleepless night has the same effect on co-ordination, reaction time and judgment the following day as consuming up to the weekly limit of alcohol recommended in Britain – 14 units for women and 21 for men – at one sitting.
A memory foam mattress topper may enhance an already supportive mattress by providing pressure relief or minimizing motion disturbance, but it will not add support.
If you’re drawn to the memory foam mattress but tend to sleep hot already, consider the Restonic CoolGel memory foam mattress for cooler sleeping.
Density levels in a memory foam mattress usually range from 2 to 6 lbs/ft3, with levels over 4 lbs/ft3 indicating a high-quality product.
Because memory foam responds to your body’s weight and heat, once you exit your bed, the mattress cools and returns to its normal shape.
The softness or firmness of a memory foam mattress depends on the level of foam density used.
Next, mattress toppers may be made from feathers and down, wool, latex or most often, memory foam.
First, consider the construction of a memory foam mattress.
When I asked her whether or not the independent rep provided measurements for the underside of the mattress, she said "I wasn’t there, weren’t you?" I asked her to explain the purpose of having a warranty if they have no intention of honoring it? She then blamed it on the mattress company and offered to sell me a service plan through Sleepy’s.
I purchased a Sleep Cool Gel 11 inch Luxury Firm Mattress from Sleepy’s on September 11th and exchanged it for another one (same, but a bit firmer) on the 21st because I was feeling very congested due to the Off Gassing/Odor and the mattress was not as firm like the one at the store.
Since Sleepy’s has had two opportunities to make this right and has failed both times, we request Sleepy’s to give us our money back this time and let us shop elsewhere for the quality mattress we set out to purchase 28 months ago.
I purchased a mattress (King Koil KK99636) from Sleepy’s in May 2013, after being sold by the salesman that the mattress is in fact firm, newest model and within my price range.
A few weeks went by and Sleepy’s did in fact call to inform us that the mattress was fine but that the box springs needed to be replaced.
I bought a full size box spring and mattress at the Alewife Cambridge Sleepy’s store.
We called Sleepy’s and they scheduled a service person to come out to inspect the mattress on April 23rd.
Knowing all the headache we went through before trying to get Sleepy’s to make good on our purchase, we decided to just make do and flip the mattress around.
I went to a Sleepy’s store the end of September 2014 and put a deposit on a top line mattress.
We bought a new king size mattress set from Sleepy’s approximately 28 months ago.
On November 19, 2013 my husband and I purchased a queen size Posturepedic mattress from Sleepy’s.
I even went back to the store to make sure it was the same mattress! I wanted to do a comfort exchange but with the $150 disposal fee PLUS the $99 delivery fee PLUS a $99 delivery fee for the new mattress, it would be almost half the cost of the original! We decided to stick with it in the hopes that it would "break in" and be more like the one we tried in the store.
He called a manager to get pricing approval and they did the good old "if you buy it RIGHT NOW you’ll get this price." We felt very rushed so we made sure to ask if we could return the mattress if we didn’t like it, and Mitch ** said we could RETURN it within 21 days.
I called Sleepy’s to find out about getting into a new mattress.
Through their showrooms, 1-800-SLEEPYS, and, Sleepy’s has helped over 1,000,000 customers this year sleep more soundly on the mattress of their dreams.
Sleepy’s delivered a king mattress set to the rental house and DRAGGED the mattress set across the hardwood floor and caused a 13 foot scratch.
Sleepy’s, the Mattress Professionals, a nationally owned family mattress company understands that finding the perfect mattress for your body is essential to achieving better health and comfort.
We bought a mattress from Sleepy’s in July, and we have now had it for two months.
I sensed she was irritated and she said she would see what they could do only after I said that I bet if I called the CEO he would credit my account so I ended up with a half price mattress and no delivery charge.
She had bought a foam mattress from Sleepy’s a few years ago and it was horrible.
Thanks Sleepy’s! Our plan was to buy a higher end mattress set to replace the failed Carolina brand from Sleepy’s after they defect warrantied it.
How can I possibly have made this mattress sag 3 inches when of the three yrs I owned the mattress it laid unused and untouched for at least 1 1/2 yrs? I will never ever shop at Sleepy’s again.
So, today I called and spoke with Linda in Customer Service who informed me that our mattress did not meet the 1 1/2 criteria outlined in the warranty.
Established in 1957, Sleepy’s has grown to be the largest mattress company in America with over 800 showrooms.
I had bought 3 sets of mattress from Sleepy’s.
We did not want a replacement and take our chances on another Sleepy’s mattress.
I will not shop at Sleepy’s again and can spend the same amount for the same mattress at many places.
We were more than willing to purchase different mattress (pay upcharge), but they want to charge us some sort of "Satisfaction Assurance Fee"? Good luck trying to get someone in management to follow up or call you.
I called them less than a year into the mattress purchase and they sent someone to the house on May 9th, 2014 to inspect and take pictures.

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