Like your favorite old chair or worn pair of shoes, your mattress can still feel comfortable long after it has lost its ability to provide your body with the proper comfort and support it needs. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether it’s time to buy a new mattress and box-spring/foundation:
According to an Oklahoma State University study, a new mattress provided sleepers with significant improvements, including*:
70.8% in sleep comfort
62.0% in sleep quality
55.3% in back pain
50.7% in spine stiffness
*as compare to sleeping on a mattress five years old or older
The “shelf life” of a mattress depends on several factors such as usage, quality and even your own changing comfort and support preferences. In general, a mattress set that has been in use for five to seven years may no longer provide proper comfort and support, and should be evaluated. A scientific study from Oklahoma State University, “Subjective Rating of
Perceived Back Pain, Stiffness and Sleep Quality Following Introduction of Medium-Firm Bedding Systems,” found that participants with mattresses five years old or older reported significant improvements in sleep quality and comfort when sleeping on a new mattress, regardless of the sleeper’s age or weight.
So it is important to compare the mattress and boxspring/foundation you are sleeping on now to newer models every few years. After all, a new mattress can make the difference in how you feel and function each and every day and help you Start Every Day With a Good Night’s Sleep™.
A good night’s sleep, just like proper diet and exercise, is essential to your mental, emotional and physical health. Yet many people just do not get the recommended amount* of sleep needed each night to perform their best during the day**.
Instead, they sacrifice sleep and wake up to the consequences including difficultly concentrating, irritability, weakened immune system and even higher stress. The good news is that it does not have to be this way.
Better sleep can be as simple as sleeping on a better mattress!
*Sleep experts recommend getting eight hours of sleep each night (7.5 – 8.5 is optimal).
** At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an
additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. (National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, May 2007)