Adulting is hard. If responsibilities ended with paying bills and reporting to work every day, that would be more than enough to deal with, but being a grown-up means you have to think about everything. Like, auto oil changes, finding a vacuum that tackles ridiculous levels of pet hair, and yes, flipping your mattress. And if you haven't flipped yours in a while — ahem, or ever — today is the day, my friends.
Your mattress should be flipped every six months in order to prevent uneven wear and to extend its overall life. This is especially true if you tend to sleep on the same side of the bed and one side gets more wear than the other. Not only does flipping your mattress prolong its life, it also helps you sleep more comfortably. You can even go one step further by rotating your mattress 180 degrees every three months (Fancy!).
There's one exception to the flipping rule, and that is if you have a pillow-top mattress — aka an extra section of cushy padding attached to the top. Such mattresses aren't made to be flipped, and you'd actually be pretty uncomfortable if you did so since the bottoms tend to be hard. Instead, rotate your mattress 180 degrees every three to four months. The good news is that since it does have that extra cushioning, it won't break down quite as quickly as a traditional mattress.
If your mattress is nearing the end of its life and is getting in the way of a good night's sleep, sometimes flipping it won't help a ton. To get the most (comfortable) use out of it that you can, consider a mattress topper. These range from around $50 for a simple, thin layer of cushion to several hundred dollars for a more robust option. They make a surprising difference.
Here's to happy dreaming on a freshly flipped, rotated, or topped mattress!