When do you need to buy a new mattress?

Sleep on this: 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 compared to sleeping on a mattress five years old or older

A 1996 survey revealed that, although consumers widely believe that a good mattress is important to sleep, health and preventing back problems, they tend to hold onto their mattress until it is well past its prime and actually disrupting sleep. The survey of 400 adults, conducted by Arc Consulting for the Better Sleep Council, includes these surprising findings as well:

  • Over 8 in 10 people (82 percent) believe that sleep problems can be caused by a poor mattress. Yet, close to half (46 percent) describe the condition of their mattress when they bought a new one as "bad" or "very bad."
  • When asked to name the main factor that disturbs their sleep, "stress" outpaced "bad mattress" by a five-to-one margin. This survey finding indicates that many more consumers may be unaware that their mattress is disturbing their sleep.
  • Consumers recognize on a theoretical level the crucial role of the mattress to a person's sleep and health. But, on a practical level, when it comes to their own sleep and health, they often overlook the condition of the mattress they sleep on every night.

"Consumers seem to be remarkably unaware that their mattress may be undermining their attempts to get a good night's sleep," says Better Sleep Council.

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.