Sleep experts estimate the average person spends nearly one-third of their life sleeping, but depending on your mattress type, a good night’s sleep might be further than you would like. The decision to replace an old mattress can quickly become overwhelming to buyers with the many mattress types available, but purchasing a new mattress can improve more than just the quality of sleep you are getting. Many people opt for a less expensive mattress, but do not realize these types of mattresses are filled with harsh chemicals, because they think high-quality materials are too far out of budget.
The length of time a mattress will last depends on many factors, like the manufacturing process, quality of products being used, and the sleeping habits of those using it; however, the average mattress lasts between 7 to 10 years when properly cared for. Several factors can contribute to premature wear and tear on a mattress, like improper cleaning, or excessive weight. More often than not, we do not know there is a problem with our mattress until others point it out, as we become accustomed to the wear.
Most mattresses are built to last at least five years when cared for properly. The time that a mattress lasts varies based on many things like:
Materials used in the manufacturing process play a huge role in determining the length of time a mattress will last. A mattress of higher density is more durable compared to one of less density, meaning it is less likely to sag prematurely. Similarly, innerspring mattresses tend to wear down more quickly. This can especially be the case of an innerspring mattress, where the springs are subject to excess weight.
Sleeping position can affect mattress wear. People who tend to sleep on their side more frequently report their mattress begins sagging in the areas that support their shoulders and hips before the rest, as the majority of their body weight is in these areas, while back sleepers tend to evenly disperse their body weight. Other factors of a sleeper's life that can affect their mattress include sleeping more often than the average 8 hours, obesity, or improper care.
The type of mattress you are sleeping on is critical in determining an estimated time frame that your mattress will last. Latex mattresses last longer when they are made with natural materials, rather than synthetic latex; however, Dunlop latex lasts the longest, as it is the densest latex foam option compared to less-dense hybrid, or Talalay latex. Traditional spring mattresses tend to have the shortest lifespan in comparison to other mattresses, like latex mattresses, as the metal coils break down quicker than foam.
Caring for your mattress appropriately will help you to get a more comfortable sleep night after night. Whether you are sleeping on an all-foam mattress, organic mattress, or a type of latex, each manufacturer will offer their recommended “dos and don'ts” when it comes to caring for their mattresses. It is important to maintain routine cleaning, use mattress protectors, and follow the guidelines put forth by the company to get the most out of your mattress.
Latex in its most natural form is harvested from the sap of rubber trees to be used for a variety of things. The use of latex in a mattress dates back to the 1920s when John Boyd Dunlop formulated the perfect blend to create latex foam. Latex is often used in combination with other materials to create a comfortable, durable sleep space. Materials used include:
There are a few main types of latex commonly found in the latex mattresses community: natural latex, synthetic latex, or a blend of the two.
Natural latex mattresses are made from rubber tree sap that is sustainably harvested and blended with other natural materials like organic cotton or wool to create the most durable mattress on the market. Natural latex is commonly sought out for latex mattresses for its unmatched durability, cooling features, and breathability. Its ability to bounce back quickly to its true form after you get out of bed makes it last longer than all other mattresses. Natural latex, which is sometimes referred to an organic latex, is hypoallergenic to better protect sleepers from mold, mildew, dust mites, and other allergens.
Dunlop latex is a high-density latex foam that is made from naturally harvested rubber tree sap. The process for creating Dunlop latex differs from Talalay, as it is poured into a mold with one swift pour to allow the foam to settle at the bottom, making it customizable, as one side is denser than the other.
Like Dunlop latex, Talalay latex is made using rubber tree sap in combination with other materials; however, this type of latex is poured differently to create a less dense foam. Manufacturers fill a mold halfway with Talalay latex, and then vacuum air into it to expand the foam, creating an even density throughout. The mold is flash frozen, washed, and heat-dried before being sold.
Synthetic latex is made using petroleum-based products, like Styrene-Butadiene rubber, to mimic the feel of natural latex, without the higher price tag. Though it is made to create a similar experience, synthetic latex is less breathable, not as bouncy, and is not as durable as natural latex. Synthetic latex is a great option for people with latex allergies who want the comfort and cooling of latex beds.
Hybrid mattresses are made using a blend of at least two mattress materials like memory foam and latex, natural and synthetic latex, or innerspring coils and another material. Hybrid mattresses are not as durable as others; however, they last longer when they are made with natural latex as an ingredient.
Many modern mattresses that are made using durable materials in the manufacturing process are built to last at least 7 years with natural latex mattresses lasting longer than that. But, do any of them last more than a decade?
A latex mattress can last up to ten years or more, depending on the materials used. Synthetic hybrid latex is designed to last 6 to 10 years; however, these two options are less durable than natural latex mattresses. Natural latex, when cared for properly, can last sleepers close to 20 years, much longer than other mattress materials.
Memory foam, originally used in the 1970s by NASA, was designed with comfort and support in mind. Once companies realized the potential memory foam offered, memory foam mattresses were created at an affordable price point for most. Memory foam comes in a variety of density options, with less-dense foam lasting 5 to 7 years.
An innerspring bed is among the earliest mattresses used dating back to the 1800s; however, despite modern technology, the spring coils begin breaking down much more quickly than mattresses made with foam or other durable materials. Innerspring coil mattresses have the shortest lifespan at nearly 5 years before requiring replacement.
A hybrid mattress varies in materials used, however, the most commonly found form is memory foam surrounding pocketed coils. A hybrid mattress is often warrantied for up to ten years, though this is not a guarantee that it will last that long.
Though a mattress company will set forth recommended time constraints of when a mattress should be replaced, there are contributing factors that can reduce or increase the lifespan of your mattress, like sleep habits, sleep position, and how well the mattress is cared for. It is important to remember that just because a mattress is warrantied for ten years does not mean it will last ten years.
Common signs that it is time for a new mattress include:
Do you feel uncomfortable throughout the night, or experience increased pain upon waking after sleeping on a mattress that was once very supportive? Natural latex and memory foam are two types of mattresses designed to provide exceptional pressure relief, regardless of sleeping position. However, if the mattress has surpassed its lifespan, your sleep quality will suffer.
Mattress sagging is a tell-tale sign that the components that make up the mattress are experiencing wear and tear, causing them to break down. If the mattress is subject to excess weight, the elements may begin breaking down sooner, resulting in premature sagging, and a decrease in the mattress's ability to bounce back.
Mattresses that are not cared for become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, dust mites, and a collection of dead skin cells. A new mattress often has hypoallergenic properties that make it allergen-resistant; however, with time these properties dissipate, leaving you with worsened allergies throughout the night and upon waking.
All foam latex mattress types, memory foam mattresses, polyurethane foam beds, and other mattress materials must be replaced over time. If you provide routine cleaning and care to your mattress, it will last years; however, using the mattress past the manufacturer’s recommended replacement time frame leaves you susceptible to a buildup of allergens, increased pain, and decreased sleep quality.
Natural latex backed by strict purity standards offers the healthiest and most comfortable sleep money can buy. Synthetic or hybrid mattresses are filled with toxic chemicals that are inhaled during the night, while natural latex is made using certified organic materials. When you purchase a new mattress, unboxing it will produce off-gassing odors that become less noticeable with time. Polyurethane foam mattresses and other synthetic blends release unknown chemicals into the air, while organic latex emits a harmless faint vanilla-like smell.
Latex mattresses offer pressure relief that compares to that of memory foam; however, the natural materials used to create the foam layers are more breathable to allow adequate airflow throughout the mattress, keeping you comfortable and cool all night. Memory foam and latex mattresses cradle and contour the body to create individualized comfort and support, while maintaining their original shape after you climb out of bed.
At Eco Terra, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to sleep better with the benefits of all-natural, organic latex. We partner directly with a sustainable farming community in Asia to harvest 100% natural latex from rubber trees that have not been met with harsh chemicals, pesticides, or toxins. Our hybrid latex mattresses and 100% natural latex mattress toppers are handcrafted locally in the United States, and shipped to your door free of charge.
The Eco Terra hybrid natural latex mattress is manufactured using 100% natural latex foam that surrounds quantum coils for undeniable comfort and support. It is then wrapped with a breathable, GOTS-certified organic cotton cover with organic wool to act as a chemical-free flame retardant.
Our hybrid natural latex mattress is never touched with chemicals, toxins, or polyurethane, to ensure quality and purity from harvesting to the finished product. Customers can take advantage of our 90-night risk-free trial period to give them adequate time to try the mattress in their home, and determine if it is the right firmness and support needed.
Our 100% natural latex mattress topper is made with certified organic cotton and wool, natural latex that has never been touched by chemicals, and backed by a 5-year warranty. We offer two height levels, and three firmness levels with our mattress topper that you can choose from depending on the thickness or firmness desired.
The sleep experts at Eco Terra know better than anyone that investing in your sleep is an investment in your overall health. That’s why we made it a mission to formulate healthy and affordable sleep products for all. With Eco Terra, healthy sleep does not have to break the bank.