How would you rate your mattress knowledge? The mattress is one of the most universal household items, but one that is often cloaked in mystery and misconceptions. Most of us know very little about what to look for in a mattress.
Since having a comfortable mattress is paramount for getting a good night’s sleep, we’re going to take a look at some common mattress myths.
You’ve probably heard people tout the benefits of a firm mattress, especially for a bad back. While a very firm mattress provides support, it does not conform to the curves of the body. A soft mattress conforms well, but provides little support. The general consensus today is that a medium-firm mattress is the best for all back types because it offers both support and comfort.
Mattress warranties can be confusing. The warranty does not refer to the life expectancy of the mattress itself, but rather the materials and workmanship. It will cover manufacturer defects or structural issues resulting from normal use. It does not guarantee that you will like the mattress or that the mattress will still be comfortable in 10 years. Before selecting a warranty, be sure to read the fine print and get an understanding of what it entails.
Most mattresses today are one-sided, so they cannot be flipped. However, rotating your mattress regularly is recommended. Rotate a new mattress monthly for the first 6 months, then quarterly after that. For maximum comfort, try sleeping in a variety of positions and places on the mattress.
Box springs were once needed to provide padding to the thin mattresses of the past. Most mattresses today are well-padded and do not require an additional layer. Box springs are now used to raise the height of the bed, something that you can do with another type of solid platform.
The “pillow-top” mattress is really just a fancy way to describe a type of traditional mattress. The term was created as a marketing gimmick to differentiate one company’s product from another. The soft, cushy pillow-top feel boils down to the structure of the mattress and can be achieved with a regular mattress. Pillow-top mattresses can end up with indentations of your body after a little while too, rendering them less comfortablee.
While a cashmere, silk and even alpaca hair mattress sounds luxurious, it’s really not worth the expense. Most mid-range mattresses ($500-$1200) offer much of the same support and durability as the higher priced ones. However, if you have allergies, you may want to consider a mattress designed for people with allergies.
Lying on a mattress for a couple of minutes will not give you a good idea of its comfort. Believe it or not, the best way to test a mattress is to sleep on it. Some online retailers such as Casper are offering mattresses with free shipping and free returns. Avoid buying a mattress that does not have an option to return it within a certain number of days.
While we’d like to think that the sales staff are mattress gurus, many lack expertise and training. One of the best ways to evaluate mattresses is to read online reviews and look for quality materials rather than relying on the salesperson’s spiel. Don’t hesitate to buy a mattress from lesser known brand if it receives strong reviews.
The mattress industry is confusing and overwhelming. Do some online research on websites like Consumerreports.org.
Stay tuned for our next Simple Sleep Services blog post where we’ll talk about some mattress-buying tips!
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