A mattress that looks OK, may not actually be OK… that’s the hitch.
Even after seven years, your bed may look okay but it may not be giving you the support or comfort you need for a healthy, refreshing night’s sleep.
Here are some reasons why:
- A study by The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) showed beds that were just six years old were a lot less comfortable than new ones.
- French scientists compared sleep on a new bed versus an old bed and found people enjoyed much better quality sleep with less tossing and turning.
- Yuk! On average we lose around 285ml of fluid each night and shed 454 grams of dead skin cells a year. No wonder asthma-triggering dust mites love our mattresses.
- Regular mattress replacement is vital to reduce the prevalence of house dust mites, linked to numerous allergic health problems, says Dr Duncan Bain. Control of mites is best achieved by an integral approach combining dust mite covers, cleaning, and periodic mattress replacement – prudently, every seven years.
- In America, back pain sufferers reported a 63% improvement after sleeping on a new bed (and 82% of back pain experts feel the right bed can help sufferers).
Can’t remember when you bought your bed? Unsure whether it needs changing?
Three or more ‘Yes’ answers to Mattress Obsolescence Test, and it’s definitely time for a new mattress.
- Is the mattress seven years old or more?
- Would it be embarrassing if neighbours saw it without its covers?
- Does it make suspicious noises in the night?
- Did you have your best recent night’s sleep in a bed other than yours?
- Are you waking up more frequently unrefreshed and aching?
- Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally in the middle of the night?
- Do you have enough space to sleep comfortably?
- Is it sagging?
- Does it feel lumpy in the night?