Mattress Myth vs Fact
As mattresses gets older, a lot happens to them in terms of hygiene, support and comfort. However, a lot of what you hear isn’t actually true and can be misleading. We often hear myths about what we should look for in a mattress. Which ones are true? Be sure you know the fact from the fiction with this myth-busting guide.
Myth #1- The firmer the mattress the better.
Fact- It’s not so much about how firm or soft a mattress is it’s about the support your mattress gives you. Someone weighing 300 lbs is going to need a different mattress than someone who weighs 120 lbs. Support is the ability to adopt a variety of positions throughout the night while maintaining your spine in a relatively neutral position. Your spine needs to be supported in the correct way to get the most comfortable nights sleep and that doesn’t depend on the firmness of the mattress but the support that it gives. Everyone is different, so try different mattresses to make sure you choose one that provides the greatest pain relief and comfort for you. In general, mattress fall into three categories:
- Soft mattresses tend to conform to your shape but fail to deliver uniform support across the entire body.
- Medium firm mattresses tend to deliver equally on conformability and support and alleviate pressure point pain in most people.
- Very firm mattresses offer good support but little (if any) conformability, which can lead to pressure point pain.
Whatever the type of mattress you like and your body requires we can help you choose the mattress that is right for you and in your price range.
Myth #2- Your mattress will remain the same weight over time.
Fact- If you’ve had your mattress for a few years, it’s probably come to your attention that it seems that it is heavier as you flip it. This isn’t your imaginations. Your mattress is actually gaining weight. Mattresses gain weight over time as they absorb dead skin, dust mites, oil and moisture. With all those dust mites and dead skin, your mattress is likely to be heavier than when you bought it. Most mattresses are constructed out of cotton. In theory this is a good thing because cotton is economical and very hard wearing. The problem with the organic fibers is that they do attract mites and skin cells and this contributes to the weight of the mattress. However large or small amount it may be.
Myth #3- You should regularly flip and rotate your mattress.
Fact- Most mattresses today are made one-sided, which means they should never be flipped. So how can you ensure maximum enjoyment of your mattress and reduce body impressions. One way would be to sleep in a variety of positions and places on the mattress so the entire surface compresses evenly. While you do not need to flip your new mattress it is important to rotate your mattress monthly for the first 6 months and then only 2-4 times a year after that. Remember that for the first couple of months body impressions are normal up to 1 ½ inches and are not a structural defect. The upholstery materials are conforming to the weight and shape of your body, which is a good thing.
Myth #4- You do not need to clean your mattress if it has a mattress protector.
Fact- Mattress protectors do not make your mattress immune from dust mites, and other allergens; they can only protect your mattress from dirt and spillages. Mattress protectors are a great thing to have to add life to your mattress and protect it from surface messes but cleaning your mattress regularly is a good idea. You should clean your mattress approximately every six months. Spring and fall are great times to prepare your bed for the upcoming season. Cleaning your mattress will save your health, your sleep, your mattress and even your wallet. Here’s a quick reference on how to clean your mattress. For further instructions go here.
- Take off and launder linens
- Vacuum the mattress surface
- Spot-clean stains using natural products
- Deodorize and sanitize
It’s important to do your research on the myths and facts about mattresses and mattress care. A fact we have learned from the Sleep Foundation is that 92% of people say a comfortable mattress is important to a good night’s sleep. We wholeheartedly agree with them! Your mattress store in Las Vegas believes that the mattress you have can not only create that amazing sleep that you’ve always wanted but can add to your health and quality of life as well. Given that an average person sleeps for 8 hours in a day, that means that an average person will sleep for 229,961 hours in their lifetime or basically one third of their life. Why spend that precious time on an old, uncomfortable, pain-inducing mattress? Visit Best Mattress today and let us help you find the mattress of your dreams.