Learn How Often Should You Turn Your Mattress & Sleep Tight

Many people are unaware of the fact that turning their mattress on a regular basis can extend its life dramatically. While the frequency with which you turn your mattress depends on what mattress type you have, as a general rule of thumb, you will need to turn it every three months or so for maximum care.

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Older, worn-down mattresses, like some innerspring mattresses, may need to be turned more often, say every two months or so. However, if you look after your mattress well from the start, it can survive for ten years or more. You will learn in this mattress review about the many types out there and how often you need to turn yours to make the most out of it and get better sleep. So, let’s get started!

Types of mattresses used in the UK

There are different mattress types available in the market. It’s one serves a purpose, and pros and cons follow all. Below we have out listed the most popular ones used by the British. 

1. Open spring mattress

Also known as “open coil or continuous coil mattresses,” these are made out of a single long piece of metal wire that has been coiled into multiple springs. A border rod or wire is also used to keep the shape and provide support. Although the sides of the mattress are machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched, it is a brilliant value for money. 

It is also lighter than other models, making it easy to turn. What’s more, they’re less supportive than other mattresses, so they’re best for guest rooms or children’s beds, where they’ll only be used once in a while. Otherwise, they will need to be replaced regularly.

2. Pocket spring mattress

This mattress is more sumptuous since it comprises individual little springs enclosed in their fabric pocket. This means that each spring moves independently, unlike open spring mattresses, providing better support layers and more durability. They come in soft or medium firmness levels, and they’re more breathable than memory foam or latex mattresses (which is great if you’re often hot throughout the night).

These, on the other hand, are difficult to turn and might be filled with natural materials like lambswool, which can aggravate allergies. Suppose you’re searching for a bed for two people. In that case, this is a fantastic choice because the separate springs will accommodate your individual needs and weights while also reducing the chance of rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night.

3. “Bed-in-a-box” mattress

These mattresses have changed the way people buy beds and are a game-changer in the bed industry. The term relates to the method of delivery. Instead of visiting mattress stores and waiting weeks for delivery, these mattresses may be ordered online and delivered in a matter of days.

They are usually compacted and rolled into a box and come with a long warranty. Within a few hours of unrolling the mattress, it will be ready to use. They are often made of foam or a combination of memory foam and box springs.

4. Memory foam mattress

Memory foam, a mouldable material that responds to temperature and weight and has hypo-allergenic qualities, is used in more sophisticated, flippable mattresses. This means it will conform to your body’s contour, absorb your weight, and reduce pressure points

Woman's hands touching different layers of new mattress

This sort of mattress is designed with specific layers. It has a sinking feeling that some people dislike, and it may get rather hot, but it’s perfect for those who need support or for people with back pain because it keeps your posture and provides your spine with neutral alignment while sleeping.

5. Latex mattress

These mattresses have a latex foam filling, a particularly breathable material, so you will not overheat in the middle of the night. It is one of the best mattresses out there, which is exceptionally long-lasting and should serve you well for many years. It’s also a wonderful choice for people who suffer from allergies or asthma

They can feel somewhat solid at first. Hence, people who want a firmer bed and more accessibility should avoid them. Latex mattresses are heavy and difficult to turn; plus, less expensive models can acquire bumps and dents over time.

6. Hybrid mattress

Such mattresses are made out of various materials, including memory foam, latex, and pocket springs, and are intended to provide a more balanced sleeping experience and excellent cushioning

They usually have a pocket-sprung foundation, a memory foam pillow top and a comfort layer, which provide comfort and support while relieving aches and pains by adapting to your body’s structure.

The many benefits of turning your mattress 

By turning your mattress, you will be extending your bed lifespan as well as avoiding some common mattress problems, such as:

1. Lumps and bumps

These can be avoided by evenly dispersing your weight throughout the mattress. Lumps and indentations form when the mattress’s internal structure gets bunched up over time, posing a risk to toss and turn sleepers.

Woman putting soft orthopedic mattress on bed

2. Sagging

When you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, a sagging mattress is never fun. “Evenness” is the one thing you will always want in a mattress. Even if your mattress only sags 2 centimetres or so, any drooping or lower areas of it can give poor back support. If you sleep on one side of the bed or with a partner, turning your mattress on a semi-regular basis can stop sagging in its tracks. 

3. Hammocking

Have you ever got into bed, laid down for a good night’s sleep, only to find yourself rolling towards the middle of the mattress by morning? This is known as “hammocking,” and it can be avoided by turning your mattress. 

It’s similar to sagging, but it can be especially troublesome if you sleep on your side. Hammocking lowers the amount of hip support you get. One of the most obvious symptoms is that your mattress needs to be replaced, so turn your mattress systematically to avoid this.

4. Deterioration and dust accumulation

Modern mattresses can gather dust mites, dander, sweat, and mould over time, especially in humid areas. Cleaning your mattress is a good way to get rid of dust mites. Yet, fluffing it up over time and turning it regularly will allow it to breathe.

How often you should turn your mattress

The frequency of turning your mattress depends on various factors. It’s like changing the sheets. You don’t do it every day. It depends on whether you sleep naked or not, if you have a pet that sleeps in your bed, and so forth. The same applies to when to rotate your mattress.

Man arranges a mattress on a cot for a child

Let’s see some of the factors that affect the frequency of rotating.

  1. Depending on the type of mattress, turning it once every three to six months is recommended. 
  2. If you have an older mattress, you should turn it in every two months
  3. If you have a new mattress in a box, you can wait a few months before you start turning it on a regular basis.
  4. Each mattress manufacturer will have a different set of rules, so check the website for your particular brand before getting started.
  5. The key to efficient mattress turning is frequency, and setting a reminder to turn every 3 to 4 months on a memorable date or the first of the month will help. 
  6. If the mattress isn’t used frequently – for example, in a guest room – you won’t need to turn it as often, so you need to use common sense. 
  7. If you have a memory foam mattress, turning it regularly will benefit both you and your mattress because foam wears out more quickly than a hybrid mattress.

How to turn your mattress

Turning the mattress is very easy. Just keep in mind that you may need some extra help to do it. 

1. Plan out for the entire year ahead of time

You can use a phone, laptop or simply print out a calendar to remind yourself of turning your mattresses regularly throughout the year. 

2. Prepare the space

Nothing is more aggravating than having to raise and hold a heavy mattress while the bed itself looks messy. You should save time by removing all bedding, moving nightstands away from the bed frame, and determining whether to turn the mattress clockwise or counterclockwise first.

3. Move the mattress away from the bed before turning it

Before turning a mattress with a headboard, you should move it slightly away from the top of the bed. You can lift the mattress and rest it on the footboard to aid with the turning process if it has one.

4. Get in there with the vacuum when possible

While turning your mattress, it is a good idea to take the vacuum cleaner and dig into those hard-to-reach areas under and around the bed and mattress, depending on the mattress and bed set up. Adding fresh, clean sheets to a newly turned mattress may give the impression of a brand new bed.

Mattress care tips

Aside from turning your mattress, there are a few more things you can do to extend its lifespan and keep it looking fresh and clean:

  1. If your mattress has a removable cover that can be machine washed, it’s recommended to use it to keep your mattress clean. If it doesn’t have a cover, buy a mattress protector to extend its lifespan. You can also use a mattress topper for more padding, as this will give an old bed new life. Some of these have removable covers too that can be washed.
  2. Because not all mattresses can be cleaned the same way, it is always best to refer to the mattress company’s recommendations. For example, you should avoid getting memory foam mattresses wet, so be cautious when cleaning stains. In general, it’s a good idea to clean your mattress every six months or so, and it’s simple to do with baking soda and a vacuum cleaner.

Happy woman lying in comfortable foam latex mattress bed

Here is the bottom line: Turning a mattress can extend its life and provide you with good sleep quality. Keep in mind, however, that no mattress can last forever. If yours is over 10 years old and giving you loads of trouble, you might want to consider replacing it!

Next project: Learn how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage and how to stop a mattress from sliding the bed frame.

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