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Abe Abbas

When to Replace a Mattress

By July 18, 2009

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Recently this post from the forum prompted me to write about when to replace mattresses.

Have you noticed how we would rush to replace a sagging sofa much sooner than a sagging mattress? I am not advocating holding on to sagging sofas by any means, but just consider how much more time you spend on a mattress. A good night's sleep can result in a much greater sense of well being. And yet, somehow we seem to accept waking up tired and achy in the morning and simply blaming it on our hectic lifestyles.

Have you recently purchased a mattress and found yourself sleeping better? Worse? Or does your twenty year old mattress still feel good and you wouldn't dream of getting a new one?

Comments

July 19, 2009 at 10:59 am
(1) Mattress Answer Man says:

Abe,
You surprise me. For a guy who really knows his stuff you sure missed this one. You started on the right track then ran away. Unless you are looking at some of the foam mattresses like Latex,every major manufacturer on their web sites states that you should replace your mattress every five to seven years because of contamination. For insight on mattress buying visit <a href="http://matresses101guide.com"

July 19, 2009 at 11:03 am
(2) Mattress Answer Man says:

According to most major manufacturers you should replace your mattress every five to seven years
for information about mattresses visitMattress Information and Buying Tips

July 20, 2009 at 12:23 am
(3) james says:

New research says: that it unsafe to keep a mattress over 10 years the bacteria level reaches a unsafe level. The average life span of a good mattress is 7 – 10 years. It is recommended to evaluate your mattress often.

July 20, 2009 at 9:51 am
(4) latex lover says:

“contamination” “bacteria levels” — in mattresses? That’s urban myth. As is the 100s of lbs of dust mite feces that supposedly accumulate.

Just worry about the mattress being unsupportive and waking up feeling achy and old. Then it’s time to buy a new one, like Abe says.

July 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm
(5) Mattress Chicago says:

I don’t know about dust mites leaving behind 100′s of lbs. of feces, but recent studies have shown that it is a major factor in asthma attacks, and is a major cause of allergic reactions in your home.

Many people don’t even realize that it’s not right to be waking up with a runny, stuffy nose, and their eyes watering. They are so used to living with this contact allergen.

Next time you buy a new mattress, get a mattress protector, and wash it with your bedding twice a month.

July 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm
(6) furniture says:

The problem is that some in the mattress industry have confused the consumer by offering 20 year and 50 year guarantees. So people end up thinking that buying one to two mattresses in a lifetime is more than sufficient.

I think mattresses on an average do need to be changed out every 10 years or so if one can afford it. They do offer less support at that point, and as Mattress Chicago said mattress protectors go a long way towards helping with allergies.

November 27, 2009 at 6:32 am
(7) lisa walker says:

Memory foam mattresses are really good if you have back problems.

December 23, 2009 at 12:10 am
(8) Rob says:

I mostly agree on replacing the mattress. There are times, however, when simply putting a pillow top mattress or pad can make an old tired mattress just like new!

January 26, 2010 at 8:32 am
(9) Paul Smith says:

Just got rid of my old mattress after 12 years and replaced it with a memory foam one and now struggle to get to sleep, wish I kept the old one.

July 14, 2010 at 5:45 am
(10) Emma says:

I have back problems and buy for me Memory foam mattress with latex the king for 1300$ price is high but from five years i not have any problems.

March 25, 2011 at 11:27 am
(11) Mattresses says:

It is extremely important to pay attention to when your mattresses need to be replaced. Many people are sleeping on ancient mattresses and don’t even realize that the great support they once had is gone. I recommend the Stearns and Foster Estate Collection. They are comfortable, affordable, and most importantly they last a long time. Pay a little extra money in the begining and you will be able to enjoy your mattress much longer!

Leah

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