Happy National Bed Month! Brainchild of The Sleep Council, National Bed Month is all about raising awareness of healthy sleep habits so it’s the perfect time to check in with yours and make sure you’re getting the most out of your bedtimes.

This month, we’ll be looking at everything you need to know to get the best night’s sleep, starting with one question that we often get asked: Just how often should you change your mattress?

Wear and Tear

The first and most obvious sign that a mattress needs to be replaced is general wear and tear. If you’ve notice that your mattress has started to sag in the middle, that you hear (or worse, feel!) all its springs, or that your partner’s movements during the night are waking you up, these are all signs that your mattress is on its last legs.

These aren’t just minor inconveniences that’ll leave you feeling a bit tired, either. Over the last decade, research has increasingly linked poor sleep to all sorts of health issues such as weight gain, dementia, and other mental health conditions - so don’t ignore that uncomfortable mattress!

Unwanted Guests

Even if your mattress still feels okay to the touch, if you’ve had it for a long time there’s a good chance you could be sharing your bed with all manner of unwanted guests. Human beings lose half a pound of fluid each night and a pound of dead skin cells a year, all of which can remain in your mattress and attract mould spores and bacteria. Not to mention all the bed bugs and dust mites who move in over the years...

Eight is Great

If you’re still not sure whether your mattress needs replacing, a good rule of thumb is to change things up every seven to eight years. This is usually the time it takes for a mattress to degrade to the point where it’s no longer supporting you properly and where a hygiene report might just give you nightmares!

So are you in need of a change? If you’ve reached the magic eight years or just feel that your mattress doesn’t support you like it used to, check our our range of mattresses and get back to good sleep.