Myth #1 – A mattress needs replacing every 8 years.
According to advice from The Better Sleep Council, you should replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years. However, the reality is that the length of time a mattress lasts varies greatly depending on your sleep patterns, how you care for it and how frequently you turn it.
Conceptualize your mattress as performance gear for quality sleeping. Similar to the way a quality pair of running trainers can enable you to run faster and suffer fewer injuries, a high-quality mattress can promote better sleep. You can tell when it’s time to replace your mattress by taking note of how you feel when first waking up.
Myth #2 – Firm mattresses are best for preventing back pain.
To minimize back pain and discomfort, and help your body to relax into a regenerative sleep, you require a bed mattress that matches your favorite sleeping position at the same time as supporting all parts of your body.
Conformability and support are the key properties to look for. There are three main categories of mattresses:
Soft Mattresses: This type conforms to your sleeping position, but often fails to deliver adequate support to all areas of your body.
Medium Firm Mattresses: These mattresses offer a great compromise between support and conformability and can alleviate pressure point pain.
Firm Mattresses: A firm mattress offers excellent support but has very little conformability, so it can often cause pressure point pain.
Another option is to choose a sleep number bed, which allows you to adjust the firmness on either side of the bed depending on how you want it.
Myth #3 – A perfect mattress will eliminate tossing and turning.
Babies begin tossing and turning in their sleep once they reach around 4 months old. By adulthood, people can roll over more than 75 times each night.
We move around during the night to prevent pressure point pain and reduce strain on our joints and back.
A good mattress can help to reduce the amount of tossing and turning you engage in each night by providing great pressure point relief, but moving around in your sleep is natural and will never be completely eliminated, no matter how good a mattress is.
Myth #4 – A new mattress should feel amazing and be a perfect fit from night one.
It takes most individuals at least 30 days to get used to sleeping on a new surface. Taking into account the fact that people spend a large amount of time in bed, it’s no surprise that our joints and muscles have a memory that allows them to instinctively find the most comfortable positions on a mattress.
Does this mean you need to restrict your search for a new mattress to retailers that provide comfort guarantees? Not necessarily.
If you’ve taken the time to test out many different types of mattresses and done your research, your new mattress is sure to become a perfect fit for your body over time.
Myth #5 – You should turn your mattress every few months to maintain its condition
Many mattresses that are manufactured nowadays have one-sided designs, which means you should never flip them over.
To get maximum enjoyment from your mattress and reduce pressure point pain, you should try to sleep in a range of different positions and places on your bed.
Doing so will also ensure that the mattress surface compresses evenly.
Be sure to rotate your new mattress monthly until it reaches the six-month mark at which point you can switch to rotating it quarterly.
Remember, body impressions are typically up to 1.5 inches in depth and not a sign of any structural defects. The upholstery mattress materials are simply conforming to the shape and weight of your body.