Your bed is important, you sleep on it for at least a third of your lifetime. They’re a necessity but can be costly as well. Making the best of your mattress cannot only save you money, but save you from terrible back pains, and other discomforts. How do you make the most of your mattress, and when is it proper to replace it? What do you replace it with?
Mattresses will typically last about 7 years, from production to the point where it no longer provides the support and comfort your body needs. However, there is no guarantee that it will last this long, nor is there a good way to determine how long a specific foundation will support you (if you have one). While figuring out whether your mattress is in need of replacing can seem rather obvious, sometimes our familiarity with it and reluctance to replace it can get in the way. That’s why it’s important to occasionally evaluate your mattress, to make sure it’s doing its job right, and to assure you that it needs to be replaced. Experts suggest looking for these signs to assess if your mattress still works for you:
• Feeling tired, even after a healthy night’s sleep.
• Having back pain, stiffness or any pains in the morning, that you didn’t have the night prior.
• Sleeping better in another bed (such as in a hotel or a friend or relative’s house) was much better than sleeping in your own bed.
• Visible signs of damage and warping in the fabric or structure of the bed.
Maintaining your mattress is important for making sure it lasts as long as it can. The first step in maintaining your mattress is to clean it. While it may not be necessary all the time, cleaning your mattress twice a year can keep away pests, make your mattress smell good, and kill mold and other organisms that might later damage the structure and sanitation of your bed. Vacuuming and applying baking soda or an upholstery cleaner can do the trick for regular cleaning. Reorienting your mattress either by flipping it upside down (for beds with no clear up or down), or by rotating it (for beds with a pillow top, or have a clear up and down) can distribute structural stress and deterioration. Adding a mattress cover and consistently changing the sheets can help maintain the mattress and keep it clean.
Let’s say, now you’ve reached the point, where your mattress has finally failed on you. It’s time to invest in a new one. What do you choose? There are two primary types of mattresses: Spring and Memory Foam. Spring mattresses are the most common type of mattress, using coil springs to support you while you sleep. These types of mattresses provide a multitude of options that allow you to pick and choose what best suits your comfort preferences and offer a wide range of pricing. However, they can also be made cheap, with quality sacrificed for better prices.
Memory Foam, while not as popular as an innerspring mattress, are gaining a lot of popularity in the market. They’re made of various layers of foam that react to weight, distribution, and body temperature. They contour easily to your body, providing the right amount of support when and where you need it. They’re great at absorbing movement, and can even be therapeutic. If you searching for foam but unsure if this is permanent solution or desire, Lull offers a 100 night trial when purchasing a foam mattress and includes delivery to your home.
Typically, innerspring mattresses are good for providing firm support, especially for those with back issues. However, Memory Foam can offer a greater level of softness and comfort. They can also be just as flexible in terms of comfort preferences, as a spring mattress. They’re great for couples who sensitive to each other’s movements on the bed, and/or don’t wish to disturb their partner. Spring mattresses are also considered to be more durable, but some Memory Foam mattresses, like Lull’s, are considered to be just as durable.