Few things are worse than not being able to sleep because of an uncomfortable old mattress. You should replace your mattress every six to eight years, but you can do some things to make your mattress more comfortable and extend its life. The following tips can help you increase your mattress’s longevity while saving you from any more sleepless nights.
Use a Mattress Protector
Investing in a high-quality mattress protector will help you to keep your mattress clean and help the mattress maintain its original comfort and support. Mattresses without protectors are susceptible to spilled liquids, which raises the risk of moisture getting stuck within the mattress. Moisture within the mattress affects its quality and could void any mattress warranties. There are a few different types of mattress protectors, both fitted and encased, but both work to keep your mattress clean while adding an additional layer of comfort.
Rotate Your Mattress Regularly
You should regularly rotate your mattress (about one to two times per year depending on the type of mattress). Rotating your mattress helps the mattress keep an even surface area, without the dips that start to emerge over time.
However, keep in mind that some newer mattresses don’t need to be rotated at all or may need fewer rotations each year. Memory foam and latex mattresses tend to need fewer rotations per year, about one or two, while innerspring mattresses require more frequent rotations about two to four times per year. Check with your mattress brand manufacturer to see what requirements your mattress has and to ensure you’re rotating it as often as necessary.
Use a Mattress Topper
A mattress topper will help add some additional comfort to your mattress and allow you to go longer in between mattresses. Mattress toppers are a great way to save some money while still being able to sleep comfortably each night. Mattress toppers also come in a variety of thicknesses and types to get the right one for you and your body. Our organic mattress toppers at Naturally Nestled are a great option and will help you add a layer of luxurious comfort to your bed.
Keep the Mattress Supported
Different types of mattresses require different supports. Providing the proper support to your mattress will help it to retain its proper shape and wear equally on all sides. Improper support can cause your mattress to sag or dip, and can also void mattress warranties. Most innerspring mattresses need box spring bases, while foam mattresses only require a solid platform. For additional information check what support your mattress needs with the brand, and make sure your bedframe can support it.
Keep Pets Out of the Bed
Pets can leave hair and stains on your mattress that can void warranties or cause allergies. To avoid these possibilities, it’s best to try and keep your pets off the mattress and bed. However, if your pet is going to sleep with you, make sure you invest in a high-quality mattress protector (preferably water-resistant) to keep your mattress as clean as possible with pets.
Clean the Mattress Often
Include your mattress in your seasonal deep cleaning. Vacuuming and spot-cleaning your mattress every season will help you to keep your mattress stain-free and clean. This will help protect your mattress warranty while also helping you keep allergies down by cleaning any hair or dust off your mattress. Be sure to spend some extra time on the mattress seams, as most hair and dust build-up there. Clean mattresses also tend to help with sleep hygiene and give you a more peaceful night’s rest.
Avoid Jumping on the Mattress
Jumping on your mattress can cause the weight distribution in the support to become unbalanced. This can cause uneven dips in the mattress and make the mattress a lot less comfortable to sleep on. Jumping on the mattress can also potentially affect the box spring if you have one, so we recommend avoiding jumping on the mattress as much as possible.
Improve Sleep Hygiene with Naturally Nestled
Taking great care of your mattress will help you to save money, sleep, and time. Following the steps listed above will help you to extend your mattress’s life, protect mattress warranties, and creates a clean and more comfortable space to sleep. At Naturally Nestled, we carry a variety of organic mattress toppers and products to help you invest in your mattress’s care so that you can sleep more comfortably and improve your overall sleep hygiene.
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