The Truth behind Getting a New Mattress and Better Sleep

Manufacturers and sleep experts recommend that you replace your mattress after no more than 10 years but it may be better to do so after just five years. There are many myths surrounding your mattress and what does and does not happen during its lifespan. For example, a common myth is that your mattress will double its weight in just eight years due to the collection of dead skin cells, dust mite droppings, and other debris. However, this is simply not true. While your mattress will grow heavier over time due to such debris, it is more likely to need replacement due to wear and tear.

Getting to the bottom of some of the myths about sleep and mattresses may yet help you make better choices in the future. When the time comes to get a new mattress, you need to know what is and is not true about sleep, about the types of mattresses available, and what you can do to improve your nighttime experiences. The more you know, the easier it is for you to make the right decision the first time around.

Eight Hours

It is a common misconception that everyone must have eight hours of sleep each night, but the truth is a bit more complex. On average, grown adults should try to find seven to nine hours each night to sleep. However, teenagers need anywhere from eight to 10 hours and younger children need more than 10 hours. Sleep patterns are an essential part of development. It is during sleep that your body is hardest at work and children are especially in need of deep productive rest. Just 3% of the population can handle less sleep than average and still function properly and the chance you might be a part of that percentage is low. Sleeping fewer than six hours or more than 10 hours each night has even been associated with increased mortality.

Why a New Mattress

Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the entire house, second only to the kitchen, which is arguable. Brains turn short-term memories into long-term memories during a unique process only performed during REM sleep. You want to sleep more when you feel ill because it is during deep sleep that you do your best healing and reset your body for the next day. It might surprise you then to learn that the way you sleep may be affecting many areas of your daily life.

For example, sleeping on a mattress that is too firm or too soft may cause restless sleeping or sleep without a proper REM cycle. This can cause you to feel less rested in the morning, as if you spent your whole night sleeping for no reason. You may also experience back, shoulder, and neck pain due to improper support. A new mattress fitted to your unique needs should give your body the support needed to retain deep sleep and make the most of the hours you get. A change in mattress can make even a Monday feel tolerable and you deserve to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.