6 Mattress Myths Debunked
We debunk some mattress myths. We understand that buying a new mattress is a lot like buying a new car. Comparing features and prices from brand to brand is challenging because there are so many variables. Do you go for the cheapest option and hope for the best? It’s not as simple as that when purchasing a new mattress – you have the option of buying an innerspring mattress or latex, organic mattress or natural – the list is endless.
Sorting through the vast information online in the mattress industry is key, because a good mattress is supposed to last you about ten years. Here we learn some truths about buying a new mattress and hope these Ely Mattress recommendations will help you decide.
Mattress Myth 1 – A Mattress that comes in one feel will be perfect for everyone
Mattresses don’t come in a ‘one size fits all’ category – but several modern mattress manufacturers that disagree. We have come across many mattress-in-a-box brands that come in variation of sizes but not various feels.
The problem with this is that although it is cheaper, when these mattress manufacturers mass produce one type of mattress and sell a handful of standard mattresses to everyone, they will not work for one person as they would for another.
When shopping for a mattress, find out what feel of mattress would be ideal for you. We’ve written a blog about ‘How to choose your mattress Firmness’ here.
Mattress Myth 2 – The Mattress brand with the most prominent advertising is the best
The one who shouts the loudest gets the most attention – right? We’ve all seen the mattress company that stands out in our mind, because they seem to be advertising everywhere. What this simply means is that they have a large marketing budget and have therefore invested in their brand to help bring in sales. As a consumer, you might want to consider what makes a high-quality new mattress stand out from the rest? Is it the material, construction, comfort, rating, or just the price point?
Having the brightest packaging and appearing on TV and Radio advertising, unfortunately, doesn’t mean that they also produce the best mattresses.
At Ely, we believe, a healthy and holistic mattress is increasingly important for well-being.
Mattress Myth 3: All Mattresses Are the Same
All mattress manufacturers create their mattresses using different materials and fillings which is why none of them can be classed as the same. Mattresses may all look very similar, but the comfort of each will be unique. There are many mechanisms that will control whether a specific individual will have a good night’s sleep.
For instance, take the Ely Mattress – known for its natural ingredients, offers twice the filling of a regular mattress, so the bottom of the mattress is an exact mirror image to the top. This allows our mattress to be flipped over and hence increases the lifespan of it. We’ve written a blog about flipping your mattress here.
Mattress Myth 4 – A good mattress will last you a lifetime
The National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your mattress every 8-10 years, depending on comfort and support. Research also backs this up, but the true lifetime of a mattress depends on several factors.
First and foremost, it depends on how well you care for your mattress, whether you use a mattress protector, how often you flip or rotate your mattress and what ingredients are used to fill the mattress. Foam for instance, doesn’t have a long lifecycle.
You’ll know when it’s time to buy a new mattress based on how you feel when you wake up.
Mattress Myth 5 – Firm mattresses are best for your back
A firm mattress is not necessary the best option for those with back problems. Aside from your own preference, the most important thing when choose a mattress is whether it will be good for the health of your spine.
Your spine has three natural curves to it and will need supporting when you are laying horizontally. A mattress that will support the whole body in a neutral way is the best for the health of your spine, because it will hold the natural slight curves of the spine, and you will not feel any pressure at all. It will feel almost as if you are floating.
As you get comfortable on a natural mattress like the Ely Mattress, you’ll find it relaxes your muscles, encourages better sleep and even improve your posture.
Mattress Myth 6 – A new mattress should feel great as soon as you sleep on it
Truth is, you need thirty days to adjust to a new mattress – because they will change within this time to contour slightly to your body. Consumers have said that they find a mattress getting more comfortable a week or two into buying it.
Also, not surprisingly, as we spend around eight hours out of the 24 each day, in bed so it’s normal for your muscles to have a memory of how you sleep most comfortably on the mattress. Having a 30 night’ sleep trial gives you the flexibility to adjust to your new mattress.