There are some things we replace all the time: light bulbs, air filters, and various car parts. The reason people are generally good at replacing these things is that it is easy to see when they are worn out. If a light bulb is worn out, it just doesn’t produce light. If an air filter is worn out, the energy bill sky rockets. If a car part gets worn out, the car starts making sounds that would make James Bond nervous. Unfortunately, mattresses are a little trickier. We know that deciding when to get a replacement mattress for an adjustable bed in Minneapolis, MN, can be hard. For this reason, we thought it would be a good idea to explain how mattresses age and when they need to be changed.
The first thing we think people should know is that mattresses generally have a life span of 7 or 8 years. This time frame is, of course, variable and depends on the exact type of mattress and the amount of weight it is supporting. The heavier its occupants are, the sooner the mattress will need to be replaced. Another thing that will determine how long the mattress lasts is how often it gets flipped. While the general recommendation is to flip it every 3 months, doing it more often tends to yield better results.
Aside from keeping track of the mattress’ age, we encourage people to consider how they’re feeling when they wake up in the morning. During the night, the human body repairs itself, which is why people generally feel better in the morning than they did the previous evening. If, however, the morning is full of aches and pains, there is a good chance the mattress is the problem. Just like anything else, old mattresses lose their spring, their shape, and their ability to support weight. This means that people sink into all the mattress’ nooks and crannies and that their bodies are subjected to stresses that can cause serious problems in the body’s pressure points.
Another sign that a mattress should be replaced is when sleeping on it isn’t restful. As mattresses age, they get lumpy, bumpy, and form little sink holes that cause tossing and turning all night long. When sleeping feels more like yoga practice, it may be time to replace the mattress and find something that gives the support and comfort a great bed should.
Of course, another way to find out whether a mattress should be replaced is to look at it. Mattresses that are sagging or have worn places on them are certainly due for a change. In order to inspect a mattress, simply remove the sheets and get down even with top of the mattress. If, once at eye level, dips in the top of the mattress become apparent, it’s pretty easy to see that the mattress has lived its life.
While it is pretty easy to explain the signs and symptoms of an old mattress, some of our customers want to understand why all these different things start to happen. Mattresses are so large and so heavy it seems like they should last forever. While they are certainly hardy, they are also made out of materials that age and deteriorate. Of course, the way in which the materials deteriorate depends entirely upon what they’re made from.
7835 Southtown Center
Bloomington, MN 55435
Between Bed Bath & Beyond and Herbergers
Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM