One-armed monsters, ghouls and zombies…there are plenty of scary stories that circulate this time of year. But some of the biggest myths we hear don’t involve spooky stuff at all—they’re about mattresses. When it comes to mattress misinformation, it’s hard to know when to separate fact from fiction: Is a hard sleep surface best for your back? What’s the real lifespan of a mattress? How important is coil count? If you want to shop without fear, arming yourself with knowledge is a great place to start. Sleep Train’s here to help with six mattress myths to check off your list. Read our tips below (then grab some candy corn and get back to your scary movie marathon)
Myth #1: A firmer mattress is always better.
There’s nothing wrong with a firm mattress, and many people seek out this comfort level exclusively. Stomach sleepers in particular tend to benefit from a firm sleep surface, as it can prevent bowing in the lower back. But what really matters is how a mattress feels to you in your normal sleep position — a good mattress fit will feel comfortable and support your shoulders, hips and back. Check out our Best Mattress For You post to determine which comfort level is best for your preferred sleep position.
Myth #2: A higher coil count is indicative of a mattress’s quality.
While coil count is an important component, it shouldn’t be the definitive factor in choosing a mattress. Comfort, durability and support should also be taken into account. For example, for the average consumer, a Queen-size mattress with a coil count over 390 is adequate.
Myth #3: A higher price guarantees a better bed.
Not necessarily true! Like with most products, if you can’t spring for the highest end model, there are always awesome alternatives at various price points. Though more expensive mattresses are made with high-quality, often proprietary materials, be sure to rest test lots of different beds and choose the one that feels most comfortable to you. Your Sleep Expert will walk you through the benefits of each model and give you plenty of time to choose the best bed for your body and your budget.
Myth #4: You can replace your mattress and not the box spring.
Since a mattress and a box spring age together, they should also be replaced together. A good foundation is key to a comfortable night’s sleep, and replacing your mattress without replacing the box spring could void the warranty.
Myth #5: A mattress is okay until it visibly sags.
Current studies indicate that mattresses should be replaced every five to seven years to ensure you’re getting the optimal level of support and comfort. While sagging is a surefire sign your mattress is worn out, other indicators include body aches, restless sleep, creaking noises, and excessive wear and tear.
Myth #6: Adjustable bases are only for retirement homes and hospitals.
Thanks to innovative brands like Serta, Beautyrest, and Leggett and Platt, this long-held myth is definitely not true. An adjustable bed (also known as a movable or power base) is one of the most luxurious additions you can make to your home. Adjustable bases offer up dozens of ergonomic rest and wake positions to help you make the most out of your mattress. Imagine being fully cradled in support as you read your favorite book before bed, kick up your feet for a movie marathon, catch up on emails, or enjoy breakfast in bed on a Sunday morning — the possibilities are endless, customizable and designed to fit whatever life has in store.