The average adult need eight hours of sleep a night, and spends a staggering 25 years in bed by the age of 78. Spending so much time in bed, you deserve to enjoy your time there, which is why taking care of your mattress is so crucial. Unfortunately, even good mattresses don’t last forever, which is why every homeowner should watch out for these four mattress villains.
Some people assume mattresses just get better with age, like that old mahogany dresser passed down from your grandparents. Although it might seem like mattresses would naturally conform to your body and grow more comfortable with every passing year, it just doesn’t work that way.
The average lifespan for a new mattress is somewhere between 7-10 years, which means that mattress sitting in your room might be too old to keep you comfortable. Problems like pressure divots can cause uncomfortable cradling, and issues with loose springs can make it easy to roll into your sleeping partner.
Unfortunately, a few loose springs are the least of your problems. Since people sweat, spill things, and shed skin cells and hair while they sleep, your mattress becomes heavier over time as it fills up with debris.
If that weren’t gross enough, microscopic organisms like dust mites can take shelter in mattresses, since there is ample food in the area and they can live comfortably for years. Since dust mites can spark allergic reactions, they are another compelling reason to replace your mattress when you should.
If you aren’t sure when you replaced your mattress last, it is easy to find out; just look on the mattress tag. Key information including the manufacture date, the materials the mattress is made from, and the model name are all located on those handy “do not remove under penalty of law” tags, so check yours out today.
2. Your kids
There is a reason your mother and grandmother got after you and your siblings for jumping on those beds. If there was a single category of mattress villains who deserve the most credit, it just might be those curious little tots who adore that indoor trampoline.
Whether the allure stems from those perfectly arranged throw pillows or rebellion nobody knows, but what we do know is how harmful a few well-placed jumps can be to the steel coils inside of your innerspring mattress.
When someone jumps on a mattress, they add an exceptional amount of force in a single portion of the mattress, which can break coils, tear through protective layers, and damage foam.
Although just one bounce might not destroy that mattress in a single blow, one thing is for sure—mattresses aren’t made for jumping, and doing so can shorten their lifespan. The more pressure and repeated force that is placed on your mattress, the sooner the surface will show signs of damage that can alter your nightly comfort.
To fend off playful kids looking for a good time, consider locking doors with unsupervised sleep areas or adding a memory foam mattress topper. Memory foam, which is designed to spring back slowly and absorb impact, can make jumping harder to do, which might deter children from their nighttime rule-breaking.
3. Weak edges
Do you ever feel like you are going to roll off of your bed if you get too close to the edge of your mattress? Over time, the edges of mattresses tend to become much looser, which can actually reduce the size of the usable sleeping surface of the bed.
Eventually, it can be hard to sit on the edge of the bed or sleep without falling off, which is why some modern mattress models are designed with edge encasement technology.
Mattresses with edge encasement are designed with foam supports that hold the edge of the mattress steady, making it more comfortable for sleepers pushed to the outskirts of the bed. These modern mattresses also make it easier to sit on the edge of your bed when putting on your shoes or getting dressed, which is especially helpful to people with mobility problems.
4. Unsupportive bedframes
You have to hand it to mattresses—they work hard every single night, only to take the entirety of the blame when someone doesn’t get a good night’s rest. Although it might be easy to assume that your lack of shut-eye has to do with that mattress, the real root of the problem might be your unsupportive bed frame.
Many people assume that the role of a bedframe is to add personality to your bedroom or to raise that mattress off of the floor, when its real role is supporting and protecting your mattress. When there isn’t an adequate support system holding the underside of the mattress, certain sections of the mattress end up handling much more pressure than they should, which can destroy your sleeping surface from the inside out.
When you shop for a bedframe, look for a version that is designed with several support bars, or better yet, check out adjustable bases.
By being familiar with the common villains that could damage your mattress, you might be able to protect your investment and sleep a little more soundly at night.