You Made Your Bed. Now Lie On It.

@p1kef1sh (45648)
September 18, 2009 4:36pm CST
I read someplace that we ought to change our mattresses at least once a decade and more often if possible. We should also buy the best mattress that we can afford. When you consider that we spend the best part of a third of our lives in bed then that seems a reasonable recommendation. The last mattress that we bought was about 7 years ago. Do you change your mattress every so often?
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@littleowl (7157)
19 Sep 09
Hi p1ke, Well I was going to chane my bed it is now 14 yrs old and because it is a craftmatic which I need it would of cost me a bit so got a loan out but my son said he needed the money to pay his car off instead he blew it and never paid me the money back therefore in answer to your question my mattress hasn't been changed for quite a while! Mainly cos can't afford to now..hugs LoLo
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
You took out a loan to buy yourself a badly needed mattress and your son took the money to pay off his car loan? Which he then squandered anyway. I won't even begin to say what I think LoLo. I am speechless. XXXX
@littleowl (7157)
20 Sep 09
I know it was silly of me but there it is done now...xxxx
@suzzy3 (8418)
22 Sep 09
Yes we try to we have been married for nearly sixteen years and are on our second mattress.Last year we renewed our sons mattress for a ten year one ,we also use mattress covers which means we never let our skin touch the mattress.I hoover my mattresses about once every two weeks and turn them about four times a year.Clean sheets as well once a week that should keep our mattresses going for the full term.like everything else once you know what you are doing everything lasts a lot longer.Like they say a third of our life is spent in bed.I always say that you would not wear a pair of shoes that would not fit properly so a good nights sleep sets you up for the day ahead.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
22 Sep 09
We use mattress covers too and regularly turn them. I am not so good on vacuuming them though. If I'm there and the vacuum is upstairs when I am changing the sheets then they get cleaned - otherwise not. This is starting to sound like a housework manual! LOL.
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• India
21 Sep 09
Gosh, I have never had a mattress for more than 2 - 3 years. I really dunno what happened to them; but they would begin smelling funny and I would just toss them away and get a fresher one. This present mattress of mine... the baby has peed in it when he did not have his diaper on. I always have to chase him all over the bed in order to get those diapers on him. So, I guess it will have to go. ;) Cheers and happy Mylotting
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
21 Sep 09
We had a baby pee mattress. You can't buy them in the shops! LOL. But it's lovely when you have a new one.
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20 Sep 09
Since I live at home my mother buys my mattresses. They tend to need to be replaced quite often though as I share a single bed with my boyfriend and he is quite large. I don't think we buy very expensive mattresses either. When I live alone I am going to buy the most expensive one I can afford as a good nights sleep is really valuable in life. For ages I was uncomfortable with my mattress and it affected my sleep as springs kept digging into me. You actually save money if you spend more and buy less. I guess it is just lucky if you can afford to do so at the time.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
21 Sep 09
You are right. I think that you should buy the most expensive mattress that you can afford. It does pay in the long term.
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@riyasam (16582)
• India
20 Sep 09
we do change our mattress,maybe not so often but yes we do once in a while as we have toddler and a young kid and they misuse it so very often.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
I know all about toddlers and mattresses. LOL. Soggy ones!
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
20 Sep 09
Yes we pass one third of our life with mattresses. Mattresses are the witness of many joyfulness events of our life. We don't change our mattress very often.6 or 7 years ago we bought our last mattress.
@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
Mattresss are quite expensive and so few people change them as often as the should do. But as you say - they do see some events of our lives.
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@Fortunata (1137)
• United States
19 Sep 09
I try, lol. They get full of dust mites, that's one of the reason they recommend changing them out, yuck! Mine is already about five years old.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
Oh yes. Dust mites. Little devils!
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• United States
19 Sep 09
I am well overdue for a new matress and box spring set. It has been SO long, probably since i was still living with my parents, that i had a NEW matress. The one i have now has been in my posession for about 5 years now, but was a friends before that, and i know she had it for probably at least that long. At the time she gave it to me, i was so thankful, as i had been sleeping on a futon matress (talk about having no support!!) and wasn't in a financial position forpurchase myself a new bed, as i had just split with my exhusband as was trying to get my feet undermyself finacial wise, and things were very very tight. Just a couple of weeks ago i made the descision that after the first of next year, when i get my tax return back, most of it is going towards a brand new bed for me! I am axiously awaiting that i can tell ya! As thankful as i am to just have a bed to sleep in, the one i have doens't have a frame, is just a matress and box pring on the floor...and it is starting to get lumpy and bumpy and sag in certain places. Every month or so i flip it and rotte it, and i get better sleep for a week or so, but eventually the bumps and sags come back and i have a harder time getting good sleep.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
I hope that you find yourself in the position to buy a new one soon. Lumpy mattresses are the pits!
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@dorannmwin (36609)
• United States
19 Sep 09
My husband and I bought our newest mattress just over five years ago, after we came home from our honeymoon. It was the best mattress that we could afford and it is still just as comfortable as it was the day that we bought it. However, now I am considering getting us a new mattress because I would love to have a memory foam mattress. These mattress are good ergonomically and they are much easier to clean. I believe that if I was to have a memory foam mattress it would be able to last much more than 10 years because of the washable covering on it and that kind of thing.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
We bought ours before we went on honeymoon and it was installed for when we got back. It was a wonderful mattress. Oh to have it now! Memory foam is supposed to be good. I've only tried it in the store.
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@guybrush (4665)
• Australia
19 Sep 09
Hmm ... I think we had one about five years ago. A new mattress, that is. Probably the other, too.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
Don't want to rush at these things Guy.
• United States
19 Sep 09
P1ke- My husband and I bought a Select Comfort bed in 2005 and haven't changed our mattress. No need to. I would like to upgrade to one that I can move the head up and down to read, but eh that's a ways off. For now I like the adjustments I can make to the firmness of the mattress. Namaste-Anora
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
I quite like the idea of those types of mattress too. I don't like the price though!
@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
19 Sep 09
I haven't got a new mattress in a long time but I do turn and flip it every month or so, you can feel the difference. When you keep waking up with a backache, I guess it'd be time to change to a new one. I like my recliner better.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
You are supposed to flip the mattress and it does make a difference. So many people seem to prefer recliners to beds. Personally I like my bed. But each to our own.
@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
19 Sep 09
I only changed and bought a new mattress last year to replace one that was I have no idea how old....at least twenty years old???? Up until last year I just plain didn't have enough funds to get a new mattress. My two kitties seem to love my mattress as well and love cuddling up with me...
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
Sleep well Pye. Don't disturb the kitties!
@Hatley (137662)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Sep 09
hi pikefish oh my just thinking I have an almost new mattress in storage and that make me sad. here I am in this place and that lovely sealy posturpedic is in storage. but crying over spilt 'milk doesnt unspill the darned milk. I just was thinking how proud my son was to be able to buy this expensive new mattress for me, and how those bozos laid him off after all he had done for them,and how maybve if we hadnt spent like that, but you know what ifs really dont help after the fact. My mattress here is okay, I can sleep on it but my new one was really lovely.Yes we do need to buy new mattresses at least every five years as they get all saggy and uncomfy.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
I am sure that one day soon you'll be able to move into somewhere else and get that mattress out of storage Hatley.
@dawnald (84109)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Sep 09
Year 26, 3rd mattress is about 3 years old. But the dang thing jiggles too much (I blame the frame)...
@dawnald (84109)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Sep 09
ooh ooh I was first again!!!!
@dawnald (84109)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Sep 09
who, me?
@p1kef1sh (45648)
19 Sep 09
Stop bouncing about then! LOL. Yes - No 1! Again! Keep it up. I'm trying to think of a prize.
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@gabs8513 (48805)
• United Kingdom
19 Sep 09
Mine is about the same age But for me it is time for a new Bed now which I will buy eventually But I know I need a new Mattress as I am waking up sore all over so I guess my Mattress has had it lol Right now I can't afford to buy a new one but I am hoping that I will be able to soon as the Pain I wake up in gets unbearable lol specially my Lungs and I would never have thought it would affect the Lungs My Back is killing me and I feel Stiff for a couple of hours so I think time for new Mattress lol don't you
@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
I absolutely do think that you need a new mattress if that's the effect its having Tatty. Do take care.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
Gabs I am sorry that I called you Tatty. It's very early and I'm not focusing too well yet! XXXX
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@gabs8513 (48805)
• United Kingdom
21 Sep 09
Lol do not worry I don't mind lol xxx
@MsTickle (24729)
• Australia
25 Sep 09
Well I have but only because it sprang a leak. In early 2003 I had to get a whole new top part - bladder, foam surround and lovely case with lambswool cover which is zippered all the way round so I can remove it and wash it. When I moved in October 2003 the packers shoved it in a box and ruined it. It was in storage for 2 years and it could not be fixed. So I bought a new bladder by itself. I wub my waterbed.
@p1kef1sh (45648)
25 Sep 09
I bet that you enjoy diving into bed. Or sometimes just a crawl. But I guess that giving it a stroke before sleep helps you nod off.
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@MsTickle (24729)
• Australia
25 Sep 09
Oh dear... ....then again, what else could I expect from a fish?
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
23 Sep 09
I have changed my mattress - changed my entire bed size. when i was 18 i got a 3/4 size bed and mattress for my birthday. I used it until i was 25 at which point i had saved money to buy a queen size box spring mattress and frame set. I LOVE that bed. I still have the other one - but its now a guest bed and rarely used.
@p1kef1sh (45648)
24 Sep 09
Sounds like you have a good handle on when to change your mattresses there. It's so easy to keep putting it off.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
25 Sep 09
Its so easy to put off even when you know u need to do it because lol they are so expensive for a good one!
19 Sep 09
yes, i change the mattresses for 1 year
@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
That's good. Thank you.
21 Sep 09
hehe
• Netherlands
19 Sep 09
At least once every year P1key...you see, My mattress gets a lot of use, (from sleeping Of Course), but I can see that since Yours does not get changed for at Least 7 years You would know nothing about a lot of mattress usage!!!!!!!!!!!!
@p1kef1sh (45648)
20 Sep 09
I know nothing!
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• Netherlands
22 Sep 09
NO...I'm sure!!