Sleep quality can make you feel great, or it can negatively affect your mood. Mattress comfort plays a big role.
Shelby Harris, a clinical psychologist and sleep expert, said, “Older mattresses or mattresses that don’t support your sleeping position can cause you to wake up more often during the night and make it harder to get comfortable before bed. “It can become irritated and cause daytime stiffness issues.”
Everyone has a different type of mattress they prefer, but it’s important to “invest in a good mattress that matches your sleep preferences,” Harris tells CNBC Make It.
And even if you find the mattress of your dreams, it needs to be replaced from time to time to get the best quality sleep. Here’s a look at when it’s time to ditch the “old-fashioned mattress” and how much you should be budgeting for a quality mattress.
How often should the mattress be replaced?
When to replace your mattress depends largely on the type of mattress material, Harris says.
How often does she recommend changing the mattress based on the mattress material?
- latex: 10-15 years
- Memory foam: Poor quality mattresses should be replaced after 5 years or so. Better quality can be replaced every 8-10 years.
- Inner spring: 5 to 10 years
- hybrid: 7 to 10 years
But besides the number of years you’ve had your mattress, there are other reasons why you might need to replace your mattress.
“Our bodies change, too. [We] gain weight lose weight [or] For various reasons, you have to sleep in a new position [like] “Pain, surgery, etc. We want to make sure the mattress is accommodating for those changes,” says Harris.
He adds that getting used to sharing a bed with a partner means finding mattresses that work for each other.
If you and your partner don’t agree on mattress preferences, “Always take two Twin XL mattresses that each of you like and put a mattress connector in between to make a virtually king size bed.” We can do it and we can both get what we want,” says Harris.
How much should I budget to buy a quality mattress?
Mattresses can be very expensive, especially if you buy other furniture for your home at the same time. Still, the budget to buy a quality mattress is worth investing in, says Kelly Kelly, an interior designer and former president of the National Board of Directors of the American Society of Interior Designers.
“When it comes to investing in a mattress, it’s wise to prioritize quality over price. A mattress that matches your comfort preferences and provides just the right amount of support is invaluable, so consider budgeting for well-made options.” It’s worth considering,” Kelly told CNBC Make It.
When budgeting for the furniture you need for your home, she highly recommends setting aside $1,000 to $2,000 for mattresses.
For families with four or more members, she recommends budgeting between $800 and $1,500 for mattresses for each person.
Thankfully, says Kelly, there are methods you can use to save money when buying a quality mattress.
Here are some ways to buy a great mattress on a budget.
- Purchase your mattress from an online retailer. “Online retailers often offer competitive prices and convenient shipping options,” says Kelly.
- Shop during seasonal sales and promotions
- Get a lower price when buying a mattress in a bundle deal with other furniture
“We spend about a third of our lives getting blissful sleep, so make sure your mattress can support you,” Kelly says.
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