WE all know how often we should change our sheets – even if we don’t always do it.
But did you know that you also need to change your mattress? Here’s how often you should do it.
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How often should you change your mattress?
Your mattress is one of the biggest factors affecting how well you sleep, so it’s important to change it often enough.
Under normal conditions, mattresses should be replaced every six to eight years.
However, if your mattress is noticeably saggy or damaged in certain areas then it might be a good idea to replace it sooner.
As well as this, if you’re struggling to sleep or waking up with aches and pains then it might be worth trying out a new mattress too.
What mattress types are there?
Open Coil Mattress
Open Coil mattresses tend to be the cheapest as they are the quickest and cheapest to make.
They tend to cost between £99 to £300 and will usually last around two to three years.
They are lightweight which makes them easy to lift.
However, they tend to have weak support and aren’t tailored to your bodyweight or sleeping preference.
Memory Foam Mattress
Memory foam works by moulding to your body slowly when in bed.
They come in a variety of densities, firmness and hardness ratings so you can choose what fits you best and feels most comfortable.
You should look to spend between £300 to £600 on a memory foam mattress and they’re likely to last between three to five years.
Memory foam beds relieve pressure so they’re good for people with pain in their joints.
However, if you’re a heavier sleeper or you tend to get warm in the night then memory foam mattresses might not be for you.
Hybrid Foam Mattress
A hybrid mattress is designed to be the best of both worlds – mixing together springs and memory foam mattresses into one.
They have a similar price point to memory foam mattresses, usually costing around £400 to £700.
They give the same pressure relief as memory foam mattresses, but have cooler foam so they won’t get you as hot.
However, they’re usually one sided which means they can’t be flipped over and this could mean they don’t last as long.
Ideally, hybrid foam mattresses should last between five and seven years.
Latex mattresses are great for people with sports injuries or sensitive pressure points.
They’re very long lasting and can even last up to 25 years, although we all know you should be changing it much more than that.
However, they aren’t easy on your wallet as latex mattresses can cost upwards of £1,000.
Pocket Sprung Mattress
Pocket Sprung mattresses tend to be suited to the most people and consistently have the best reviews.
They usually cost between £500 and £1,000 and can also last many years, similar to latex mattresses.
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