A mattress and foundation gradually wear down over time so that you don’t easily notice the changes. A mattress is like an old armchair or a pair of shoes. They feel comfortable and fit your body even thoeugh the chair’s foam and springs may be worn, or the shoes have lost all arch support.

It isn’t always obvious that a mattress has outlived its lifespan just by looking at it.




How long your mattress lasts depends on how often it’s used and what level of quality it is, but in general, a mattress set that is seven years old needs to be replaced.

While this is a good rule of thumb, everyone’s body changes over time and your need for comfort and support increases as you age. Your body may be ready for a new mattress before the seven-year mark, so listen to what it’s telling you.

It’s a good idea to compare your mattress and foundation to newer models every few years to see if there is a set that feels better to you and offers features you may not have needed or looked for in the past.

Good sleep is so important for your health, productivity and ability to feel your best. Check-in with your mattress regularly to find out if you need a replacement. You may not even be aware your mattress has gotten old and worn until you think about it.

Signs that you may need a new mattress and foundation:


You wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains


You realize you got a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed (such as at a hotel)


Your mattress shows visible signs of overuse (it sags, has visible tearing, ripping, holes, staining or damage)


You are usually tired despite getting a full night’s sleep


Your mattress is seven years old or older


Mattress Selector Test


We spend around a third of our lives in bed so if you’re having difficulty sleeping one of the first things to look at is your bed. What you sleep on plays a huge part in how well you doze. A comfortable, supportive bed can make the difference between a restorative night’s sleep and poor-quality sleep that results in tiredness and fatigue with research showing that sleeping on an uncomfortable bed could rob you of up to an hour’s sleep.


While you could be doing all the right things when it comes to sleep – eating the right foods, exercising regularly, switching off gadgets before bedtime, winding down properly and sleeping in a cool, quiet and dark bedroom – if you’re sleeping on an old, unsupportive and unhealthy bed you STILL won’t get a refreshing night’s sleep.