Mattress Lifespan: Is It Time For A New Mattress?

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Mattress lifespan is a topic that gets frequently brought up to the Mattress Junkie team. We get asked over and over about how long you should keep your mattress. You wouldn’t believe the stories about someone’s great aunt keeping their mattress 30 years and still sleeping great. While that’s completely unsanitary, there are some people who swear by an old mattress. So, what’s the proper mattress lifespan? Well, the answer is not as simple as you would think.   Mattresses don’t have a clear cut expiration date so often times, we end up keeping our mattresses long after their lifecycle. If you are like the majority of people, you don’t have a spare $800-$1500 sitting around for a new mattress every few years. Since there’s no set formula for your mattress lifespan, we put together some guidelines to help you determine if you are ready for an upgrade.


Mattress Lifespan: What you should consider


  1. You aren’t sleeping well. Tossing and turning all night can be a real pain, literally. If you find yourself waking up frequently and tossing and turning, do yourself a favor and upgrade your mattress. You will be shocked at how much better you feel when you have the proper support. All mattresses lose their support over time so if you have had yours for a few years, the support is definitely not what it used to be.
  2. You wake up in pain or stiff. Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you should feel achy when you wake up. Mattresses lose support as the age and as we age, we need more support. Any sagging or wear that you can see with the naked eye should be an instant red flag that you are in the market for a new mattress. Don’t wait around to make the switch because your mattress condition is not going to improve on its own.
  3. You sleep better away from home than you do in your own bed. You shouldn’t sleep better away from home. If you have a higher quality mattress that’s still in its prime, your rest at home will be the highest quality you will find. If you find yourself sleeping better away from home, you should get a new mattress as soon as possible. There’s no place like home….
  4. If you are over 40, you shouldn’t keep your mattress over 5-7 years. As we age, our bodies respond to pressure differently. An aging mattress is not helping your body feel any better. Getting older is hard enough, you shouldn’t make it any worse with your mattress.
  5. Your current mattress is between 7-10 years old….  All mattresses should be replaced after 10 years regardless of how attached you are. The industry mattress lifesp range for a high quality mattress is 7-10 years.



Your mattress lifespan is a vital part of the healthy sleeping process. Without a standard formula that works for all consumers, mattress lifecycles have varied from household to household and from individual to individual. We hope our tips above can help you make an informed decision about your current mattress lifespan. Always remember, if you are on the fence with your mattress health, odds are usually in favor of replacing. New mattresses will work wonders for your overall health. Go ahead and get that new mattress ordered today. After all, you could take advantage of the 100+ night satisfaction guarantee that many online mattress retailers are offering and if you don’t sleep way better, just hit up customer service and get a full refund. You don’t have anything to lose by taking advantage of the sleep guarantee offered. You never know, those back issues so many struggle with could become a thing of the past.



12 thoughts on “Mattress Lifespan: Is It Time For A New Mattress?”

  1. My mattress lifespan is a vital part of the healthy sleeping process. Yes it’s important topic, i like do to change my mattress . I always want to better sleep. Thank you for your information.

  2. I think the advice that if you’re sleeping better away from home then it’s time for a new mattress is spot on. If you sleep better on a guest bed or hotel bed than there’s something wrong with your mattress and it’s time to upgrade. I also didn’t realize a mattress should be switched out every 10 years. Its true many people don’t have the spare money to buy a new mattress but when you think about how much bacteria can be trapped in the mattress over its lifespan, it makes sense to want to invest in a new one. Thank you for the information.

    1. Very true! Most people keep their mattress long after the support fades. Old mattresses can cause so many health issues as the body sweats and loses skin cells. A new one would definitely be cleaner and more supportive.

    2. Mattresses can be extremely nasty over time. Allergies and a host of other disgusting organisms that you do not want in your life will live in a mattresses if not properly taken care of or changed. It really is gross if you think about it.

  3. Thank you for the help. My wife and I have finally decided that it is time for a new mattress. I love the idea of getting a memory foam mattress. I move a lot in my sleep, so it would be great if it didn’t shake the whole bed and wake up my wife. Are there any major negatives to memory foam mattresses?

    1. Hi, Kevin,

      Memory foam is great for controlling motion. I love memory foam. Some common complaints are sleeping hot and having a sinking feeling. I would recommend choosing a gel memory foam if you sleep hot since gel will sleep cooler. Are you side, back, or stomach sleepers? I can recommend some that I love.

  4. Unfortunately, those ‘industry standards’ on age and when it’s time to replace your mattress are set by the same people who are selling you a new one! If you keep your mattress clean and the foundation of it is still intact, you can sleep on it for years after the ‘industry standard’. This is especially true for your guest rooms that very rarely have a guest.

    With new sanitizing methods and companies such as ours (Clean Sleep) coming to market, cleaning and sanitizing your mattress is a very cost friendly solution, especially when you love your very expensive piece of furniture that you spend the most time on by far in your home.

    1. Very true. The issue is keeping it clean and keeping the foundation intact. Mattresses start to lose their support after 7-10 years in many cases so its less of keeping it clean and more of keeping the support solid. All depends on the mattress. Latex definitely lasts much longer than foam. Guest mattresses and mattresses rarely used need way less maintenance.

  5. 3rd point on the list resonates so much with me. I didn’t notice that my mattress was aging and didn’t provide enough level of comfort like it used to until I have visited my family and tried their new bed and brand new mattress (was lucky enough to be one of the first to use it) and that moment it hit me, I was sleeping better there than at my own home. Long story short, I’ve changed the mattress to new and I sleep a lot better. Many times we don’t see the difference until we try to sleep somewhere else to have a comparison.


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