A Sleep Doctor Weighs in On When To Replace Your Mattress

Note: This content is syndicated and originally appeared on the Dallas Sleep blog. It was written by our Medical Director, Dr. Raj Kakar, and reprinted here with his permission.

It’s funny: just a few years ago, the bedding industry was recommending mattress replacement every 10 years. Now, you can see advertisements by the mattress companies recommending that you replace your mattress every 8 years!

Where do they come up with this number? Who decides how often to replace a mattress is best? Well, in my humble opinion, nobody in the sleep and bedding Industry really knows or has taken a real stand on this issue.

In my personal and professional opinion, mattresses should be replaced every five to seven years. After even five years, many mattresses lose their support and structural architecture. Having a good mattress is super important for a good night’s sleep. We spend hours on our mattresses every night, so it makes sense that they get worn down. And if you continue to use a worn out mattress, you are putting unnecessary stress on your back and neck, which can contribute to muscle aches and pains, headaches, and fatigue.

Think about it this way: most of us replace our phones every two to four years because we want to keep up with the latest technology to support our social needs. Why, then, would you wait eight years to replace your mattress, something you spend several hours sleeping on every night?

Your sleep health is more important, and it deserves every bit of attention and support you can offer. Investing in your sleep is an investment in your health and mental, physical, and emotional well-being. This is true for every one of us and our families.

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And what could be more important than that?

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