Good Questions: Mattresses, How Long?

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Hello AT,

My wife and I can't agree. I want to get a new mattress because we haven't been sleeping well. I think it is the mattress, but she isn't so sure. The mattress (a good one!) is about 10 years old, and I want to know at what point do you consider a mattress "worn out"? What is the lifespan of an average mattress and when should you consider replacing one???

Thanks, Sleepless in West Village

This is a good question and we hope to hear more on the matter. We have heard that the average mattress "lifespan" is between 8-15 years. This is a wide range, and certainly it depends on whether it has had heavy "use." Only you can be the judge of that...... (Thanks, Sleepless!) MGR

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