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When you find a good bed and a comfy mattress it’s all too easy to get complacent. Have a think about the last time you replaced your mattress? Can’t remember? You’re definitely not alone.
Many people will have clocked up more than 30,000 hours on their mattress before they even get round to thinking about replacing it. But how do you know if you need to?
In many ways it’s logical - does it feel less comfortable and less supportive? Do you wake up feeling achy, tired and irritable on many occasions? Do you find that when you go to stay at a friend’s house, you miraculously sleep better? Does your mattress feel saggy, lumpy or have odd springs poking out?
And finally, are you over 40 and your mattress is over seven years old? Your body can deal with less and less the older you get, so it could be a good idea to consider replacing your mattress if any of the above applies to you.
You’ll find plenty of tips on choosing a new mattress in our blog, but here are some more tips on how to make sure it lasts as long as possible, once it’s installed on your bed.
Firstly, don’t let anyone use it for anything other than sleeping and sex. That means no kids bouncing up and down, no animals using it as part of their obstacle course and generally keeping it for your own use.
Secondly, rotate the mattress so that the foot is now at the head and back again. You should also turn the mattress over completely. Do these steps every fortnight for the first three month and then every two months afterwards. Also, make sure your bedframe has a proper central support, particularly if it’s not a divan base.
These steps can help your mattress last longer and stay in decent condition.