How often should you change the mattress?

Buying a new mattress is an investment that should be considered carefully. After all, high-quality mattresses are not exactly cheap and can tear a bigger hole in your household budget.

But how long can you use a mattress and when should it be changed? Find out how often you should change a mattress and what signs there are that the old mattress needs to be disposed of.

A mattress has no fixed expiration date. You have to be able to assess for yourself when the end of the service life has come. The following are signs that you should buy a new mattress.


You spend a considerable amount of time on the mattress. We oversleep around a third of our lives, which puts the mattress under considerable strain.

If you always sleep in the same position, it is not surprising that over time the material does not return to its starting position. Although the foam or the springs are very resistant, they will not find their way back to their original position after a few years.

There are hollows that are clearly noticeable. This puts more strain on your spine in some places and the night could lead to back pain.

This is a clear signal that it is time to change the mattress.


If you suffer from a house dust allergy , you should be particularly careful to handle your mattress with care. With the help of bed linen for allergy sufferers and special covers, you try to keep the exposure to allergens as low as possible.

But over time it could happen that mites nestle in the mattress. If the symptoms of the allergy occur despite protective covers and other measures, you should think about buying a new mattress. Then all care will no longer be of any use and the allergy will come to the fore.


If the night is no longer perceived as relaxing, but back pain sets in in the morning , it could be that the mattress is to blame . If the mattress has become too soft over time or is not suitable for you, this could lead to back pain.

The spine is no longer relieved , but is in an unfavorable position throughout the night. The intervertebral discs cannot recover and pain occurs especially in the morning after getting up.

Change the mattress to finally start the day without back pain. A suitable mattress will give you relief.


Do you sweat heavily or is it a cot mattress that has been exposed to greater stress during the night?

Then hygienic reasons should also be considered when changing the mattress. Because even if the mattress still looks perfect from the outside, the surface can be heavily discolored and mites can accumulate inside.

If basic cleaning no longer helps , for example to remove sweat residues from the mattress , the only solution is to buy a new model.


How long a mattress can be used depends on various factors . High-quality mattresses have a higher density and are able to absorb body weight better. They only show signs of use after a long period of time. Cheap mattresses, on the other hand, are made of less material. Therefore, they will give way much faster under the load.

Also the body weight and sleeping position affect the useful life. If you sleep on your side, the stress is higher at certain points. Holes can form more quickly if the mattress is not suitable for side sleepers.

The TÜV recommends that a mattress should be replaced after around 8 years . This useful life is often exceeded by high quality mattresses. It is therefore not uncommon for some manufacturers to even give a 10-year guarantee . This shows that there is a high level of trust in the mattress.

With intensive use, cheap mattresses should be changed after 5 to 8 years.

High-quality mattresses can offer a high quality of sleep for more than 10 years .

Look for the signs described earlier to see if it’s time for a new mattress. With the right care you will also be able to increase the lifespan.


If you want to use your mattress for a long time, proper care is an important prerequisite . Then you will be able to use high-quality mattresses in the bedroom for significantly longer than 10 years.

In order to distribute the load evenly, it is recommended to turn it over after 4 to 8 weeks. The underside is placed upwards and the lying surface is worn more evenly as a result.

Since a lot of sweat is lost during the night, regular airing is important. To do this, stand the mattress upright and remove all covers. Then the moisture is released into the environment and does not collect in the mattress.

It is also helpful if you use a mattress protector. This lies on the surface and catches a large part of the dirt. It can be machine washed and provides great protection for the mattress.


Cheap mattresses should be replaced every 5 to 8 years. High-quality mattresses with a higher density also like to retain their sleeping comfort for a period of more than 10 years.

Make sure that the mattress is still comfortable and that sleeping feels comfortable. Then a change will not be necessary. Extensive care and a mattress protector can extend the lifespan. This not only saves you money, but also relieves the strain on your spine.

As long as you sleep well and the mattress makes a good impression, you can continue to use the model.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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