Do you rotate and flip your mattress regularly? If not, it's important that you start. Failing to adjust the position of your mattress can actually cost you much more than you think though. A mattress is a rather large investment for many people. That's why it's so important to get as much use out of it as possible. Doing so can save you thousands over the years.
You might be losing more than money too. It could be costing you hundreds of restful night's sleep over your lifetime as well. Poor sleep quality can negatively affect your health so it's crucial that you get the most, best quality sleep possible. Let's go over how and when to flip and rotate your mattress, mattress flipping best practices, and the exception to the rule.
Why You Should Be Flipping Your Mattress
Mattresses are prone to uneven wear due to the weight and pressure involved in sleeping on them every night. The shape of a person's body combined with having usual sleeping positions means that the springs and foam become compressed more in certain areas than in others. As a result, failing to flip your mattress causes sagging and shortens its life. Buying mattresses sooner than necessary can be a costly mistake.
Many people sleep in about the same spot and position every night. If you only sleep on one side or in the middle, your body puts constant pressure on the same spots, wearing them down quicker. Sleeping with a partner on your usual sides of the bed has twice the effect. To make matters worse, the same sleeping position causes the contours of your body to put pressure on the same small areas every night. This concentration of pressure wears these areas down especially quickly.
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Mattress Flipping Best Practices
While flipping your mattress isn't a difficult or complex task, there are some things that help make it easier and more effective. There are also some things that you should know to ensure the best results. Here are our top mattress flipping tips, tricks, and advice.
Before Flipping Your Mattress
The first thing that you should do is look at the manufacturer's recommendations. Manufacturers sometimes label their mattresses with these suggestions. The labels may indicate that there is no need to flip the mattress. Note that it is a good idea to look for the labels when shopping for mattresses. A mattress that can be flipped may last for longer than one that has a "Do not flip" label.
Your Mattress Flipping Schedule
It's a good idea to flip your mattress at least once every six months. Doing it twice a year makes it easy to determine when you need to flip it again. Biannual flipping also makes it easy to stick to your schedule. For example, you can flip your mattress once during your spring-cleaning and again when you clean for the fall. This is enough to ensure that the wear on your mattress is even over its lifespan.
Labeling Your Mattress
You can label your mattress as an additional reminder to flip it. Simply attach a label to one side that tells you the right month for the flip. For example, write "November" on one side and "May" on the other. When the right month rolls around, flip the mattress.
Some Mattresses Should Not be Flipped
For example, you should use a pillow-top mattress on one side only. This means that your only option is to rotate it. You do this by turning the mattress clockwise or counterclockwise rather than flipping it to the other side.
When you buy a mattress, you're investing in restful sleep as well as in your health. Regular flipping helps to ensure that your mattress provides the best support and lasts for the longest possible amount of time. This very simple task helps you to maximize returns on your mattress investment and invest and better lifelong health and wellbeing.
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