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How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 by Ron No Comments

If you sleep 8-9 hours a night, you are spending more than 1/3 of your life on a mattress.  If you are like my wife, she lays on the mattress an additional 2 hours every night watching TV with her laptop.  She calls this “her” time” and the rules are ,that during this time, “Leave Her Alone”. HUH .  I would probably lay on the bed also, but there are three problems.  First, she lays on the mattress corner to corner.  Second, she doesn’t like to watch what I like on TV, and the third, she does not want to talk.  So There It Is.  I have No Place to Lay down on our Mattress, also  I can’t understand why anyone would not want Watch Sports, and she doesn’t want to Listen to me talk about my Lifelong “BS” Stories That I Like To Talk About while we are Laying On Our Mattress.

Well, let’s get back to information on replacing your mattress.  When your mattress stops sleeping well, then its time to replace it with another mattress.  A lot of different factors will go into this decision.  If you weigh 125 lbs and someone else weighs 250 lbs, common sense tells you that the mattress will last a lot longer for one that weighs less.  Also the quality of the mattress you have will also determine how long it will last.  Just because a mattresses have 10-20 year warranties does not mean it will sleep well for that period of time.

The best way to tell if you need a mattress is by your sleep patterns.  If you wake up in the morning and feel tired and aching then your mattress is no longer working for you.  Also, as we age, the level of firmness that was comfortable a few years ago might not be best for you now.  If you think any of these factors apply to you, then go get a new mattress.

Turning your mattress can also extend the life, but you will eventually have to get a new Mattress.  Look for lumpy spots, tears in fabric, squeaky springs, and sagging in your mattress.  If kids regularly play and jump on a mattress, it will wear out faster.

Fluids from sweating and other bodily functions seep into the fabric over time.  Mattress protectors go a long way to protect your mattress, but bacteria and other odors, such as accidents, then replace your Mattress immediately.  Cleaning a mattress cannot get into the deeper layers of padding.

Mattresses are also a breeding ground for parasites.  Dust mites love mattresses because they can feed on flakes of human skin.  The dust mites fecal matter builds up in your mattress over a period of time and can cause severe allergic reactions to some individuals.

Bed bugs are the ones that actually bite you.   These pests can be very difficult to get rid of.  If you replace your mattress because of infestation, don’t donate it to other people or charity.  Even if you get a professional, that still does not mean the problem will be taken care off.

Discount mattress stores and overstock mattress stores are great places to get a very expensive mattress at a very low price without paying all the expensive overhead that all the chain stores do. High commissions paid to Mattress salesmen, fancy mattress show rooms, record profit to share holders etc. will drive the prices up for Mattresses that make it seem like your buying another car.