When you buy a new mattress, it's easy to just put it on your bed and to forget about it. However, while your new mattress may feel firm and supportive to start with, you may notice that it starts to mould into your sleeping position and sags a little after just a few months of use. To some extent, you can slow down this sagging process by turning your mattress over every few months so you aren't always sleeping on the same part of the mattress; to really extend your mattress's life and keep it in a good condition for longer, you should also rotate it periodically. How does this work?
The Benefits of Rotating a Mattress
When you flip a mattress, you effectively turn it upside down and then start sleeping on the underside of the mattress. While this can help reduce issues with sagging and body shape moulding, you'll still be sleeping on the same part of the mattress, just on its other side.
If you add rotation to the mix, you can access other areas of the mattress rather than just turning it over. For example, if you rotate from top to bottom when you flip, you'll reap the benefits of making the bottom end of the mattress the new top of your mattress and you'll give the old top of the mattress a chance to rest and recover.
How Often Should You Rotate a Mattress?
There is no hard and fast rule on how often you should flip and rotate a mattress. Some people do this once a year when they spring clean; others do it to a more regular schedule, say every three months. If you've been sleeping on your mattress for years and have never rotated it, now may be a good time to give it a go. Older mattresses may not ever really recover from an entrenched sag; however, you may get a better night's sleep by rotating to a different end or side of the mattress.
It's also important to read the manufacturer's instructions before you flip or rotate a mattress, especially if it is made from a memory foam. In some cases, manufacturers may recommend that mattresses are rotated but not flipped if the mattresses are made from memory foam layers that need to be a certain way up. While rotation may not be a problem, flipping this kind of mattress could see you sleeping on the side of the mattress that isn't supposed to be slept on. This may damage the memory foam and make the mattress uncomfortable to sleep on.
For more information on mattresses, such as sealy mattresses, contact a professional.