Over the course of a lifetime, the average person spends approximately twenty six years sleeping. Such being the case, properly caring for the place where we get the majority of our shut-eye is extremely important.
No matter how often we wash our sheets, rotate our mattresses and fluff up our pillows and comforters, these bedding basics have a shelf life that should be respected. Use these guidelines to figure out if you’re due for replacements and if not, when you will be:
Well-constructed, supportive mattresses can last up to twenty-five years, whereas their inferior counterparts will usually last no more than fifteen. Mattresses used in conjunction with a mattress cover will last longer as they’re protected against dust, body oils and stains, which can cause them to deteriorate. Telltale signs your mattress is ready for retirement: lumpiness, sagginess and dents, if you’re not getting a restful night’s sleep on a regular basis or experiencing stiffness and pain upon waking.
2) DUVET / COMFORTER
For health and hygiene reasons (to avoid neck and dust mite problems), comforters and duvets used regularly should be changed approximately every five years. It’s time to invest in a replacement when feathers or filling begin coming out they start looking and/or feeling too lumpy or flat.
Sheets should be discarded when they become thin, pilly, ripped, faded or stained. Reaching that point will depend on frequency of use and how often you wash them. As it’s recommended that sheets be washed every week or two, unless you’re away often or rotate between several sets, it’s a good idea to replace them every three years or so.
Again, quality and care (using pillow protectors to keep dirt and dust away) is key. Cheaper pillows lose their shape quicker, which can lead to neck and back pain. Generally, quality down pillows last longest (up to fifteen years) whereas quality synthetics last five years tops.