Good sleep is important for leading a healthy and productive life. Getting enough comfortable sleep is a requirement for an individual to carry out their daily activities successfully. However, we often neglect this area of our lives, especially when it comes to the lifespan of our mattresses. Most people replace their mattresses only if they must. A closer examination of our beddings shows that they have a definite lifespan.
The most important characteristic that determines the life span of a mattress is the material used to manufacture it. The airbed is the most durable mattress. It has an average life span of eight to ten years depending on how well one maintains it. Airbeds can withstand sagging which is the most significant sign that your mattress needs to be replaced. Despite their relatively long lifespans, airbeds require careful maintenance that can be expensive. While they only require constant refilling of the air, air leaks can occur which can drastically reduce their life span. It is important to study the warranty terms offered by retailers when purchasing this type of mattress.
Waterbeds are also a popular sleeping surface and can last for a long time. They have a projected lifespan of over ten years but need a lot of care and maintenance. One maintenance task is to purchase a waterbed conditioner to treat the water in the bed to avoid minerals and bacteria from leaking through to the mattress.
Latex mattresses are durable and can last for around eight years. Both natural and artificial forms of latex are used. A common observation with this type is that it softens over time. Natural latex outlasts its artificial counterpart and it is important to understand the type of latex you are buying in order to get the most value in terms of its lifespan.
Foam mattresses are the most common type of mattress purchased by consumers. The longevity of this type of mattress depends on the density of the foam used. High-density foam will last longer than low-density foam. Memory foam has the longest durability since it reverts to its original form after it is used. Foam mattresses will last for up to six years depending on the level of use and foam quality.
Innerspring mattresses have a shorter life span due to their susceptibility to mechanical issues. They are constructed using foam and spring coils which act as the support core for the mattress. These unique materials make this type of mattress susceptible to sinking over time. They could last for up to five or six years.
Beyond the type of material
While the type of material used to manufacture the mattress is important, other factors also contribute to the lifespan of a mattress. A person’s body weight will determine how long they can use their beddings before replacing them. Leaner people will use their mattresses for a longer period compared to people with more weight. Couples will also find themselves replacing their mattresses more often due to wear and tear. The mattress tends to sag due to the couple’s uneven weight which makes sleep less comfortable. Uneven mattresses can lead to serious health problems such as insomnia, shoulder pain, and back stiffness. The quality of your mattress will have a direct impact on the quality of your sleep and it is, therefore, important to know when to replace your mattress.
One common sign that a mattress has overstayed its welcome is frequent back pain from the sagging or sinking of the mattress. Body formations may form over time which may lead to the unevenness of the mattresses surface. Mechanical malfunctions such as the breaking of springs or the leaking of air in an airbed are also common signs in those types of mattresses.