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How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

Did you know, we spend approximately a third of our life in bed?

That’s around 3000 hours a year spent lying on our mattress. With so much use, it’s only natural for it to become dirty and suffer a little wear and tear. But the question is – when is it time to completely replace your mattress and head to Dreamers Beds?

Eight is the magic number

According to the UK Sleep Council, the average lifespan of a mattress will vary depending on several factors, including its quality, level of care and frequency of use. However, as a general rule, most will last for 7-10 years – and you should aim to change your mattress every eight years.

Here at Dreamers, we second this recommendation. To maintain an adequate level of support and comfort – and ensure a good night’s sleep – eight years is a good ballpark figure. It’s also a good idea to look out for a few tell-tale signs, which suggest it’s time to hit the shops and buy new.

5 signs that you need to replace your mattress

1. Disturbed sleep

Does it take a long time for you to get comfy in bed? Perhaps you find yourself waking up several times throughout the night? Or being disturbed by your partner’s movements?

These are all signs that something isn’t quite right. A good mattress should be comfortable and reduce motion transfer. If you’re aware of every time your partner changes position, or have difficulty dropping off to sleep, it may be time to visit our store and replace your mattress.

2. Aches and pains

Mattresses are designed to support your body and promote healthy spine alignment.  If yours doesn’t, you may wake up each morning feeling stiff and sore. This is a huge red flag – particularly if those feelings subside once you’re out of bed and moving around – and indicates that it’s time for a mattress replacement.

3. Signs of wear and tear

Is there a visible dip in the middle of the bed? Do you leave an impression where you sleep? Can you feel the springs? Or hear a creak every time you turn over?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it’s time to buy a new mattress. They’re all obvious signs that your mattress is past its prime. Such wear and tear can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep and, if the overall condition of your mattress has deteriorated, it’s definitely worth investing in a new one.

4. Hygiene

Do you wake up sneezing? This could be due to a build-up of dust and allergens on your mattress. On average, we shed approximately 450 dead skin cells in bed each year. Regular vacuuming can help to get rid of these. But if your symptoms fail to improve, changing your mattress could be the solution. It’s also worth checking between the seams of your mattress for dust mites and dirt.

5. Changes in weight

If your mattress suddenly needs to support more weight – either due to putting on a few extra pounds or sleeping with a new partner – it may no longer be suitable for your needs. You may find it becomes uncomfortable or less supportive and, in this situation, it’s usually worth updating.


Replace your mattress at Dreamers Bed Centre

photo of a mattress replacement at Dreamers Beds

Sleep is incredibly important. Not only does it impact physical health, it also protects mental wellbeing and boosts your overall quality of life. If any of the above tell-tale signs sound familiar, it’s therefore worth browsing our online store and replacing your mattress as soon as possible.

Here at Dreamers Bed Centre, we stock a diverse range of mattresses, with something to suit all needs and preferences. These are available for a competitive price and are supplied by award-winning brands, such as Baker & Wells, Hypnos, Mammoth, Millbrook and Sognatori.

If you have any questions about the products available or, would like further advice on when to change your mattress, feel free to get in touch. Our team of experts are always on hand and happy to help. Either give us a call on 01942 275 464 or send an email to

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