If getting a good night’s sleep is your dream – it may be time to invest in a new bed.
But with so many options out there, buying a new mattress can be confusing. In this Angie’s List report, we put the top mattress myths to bed.
“Right now we see a lot of pillow tops. Those are becoming a lot more popular and also foam mattresses – something that is all foam as opposed to having an inner spring,” said Lauren Taylor of Holder Mattress. It illustrates the choices out there for mattresses.
Foam, innerspring, two-sided, one-sided, pillow top, adjustable – you have a lot of choices.
When shopping for your next mattress, take time to consider these common myths.
Myth number one: Replace your mattress every eight years. The fact is there may be some mattresses that don't even last eight years. It all depends on the quality of the mattress. So how do you know when it's time to replace a mattress?
“Typically your body will tell you when it’s time. If you wake up and you don’t feel like you’re getting a good quality sleep at night. Sometimes it’s a matter of visiting someone’s home or going to a hotel and figuring out that you don’t sleep as well at home as you should, Taylor said.
Myth number two: dust mites live in your bed.
Mattress manufacturers and scientists agree dust mites love the mattress environment, but there’s still debate over how much weight they actually add to your bed. To ward off these invisible guests, regularly wash your sheets and your mattress cover.
Myth number three: Removing the mattress tag means time in the slammer.
“The warning on a mattress tag can be pretty daunting, but the truth is once you buy the mattress and you want to remove the tag, you can. Keep in mind, a lot of times that tag is necessary for the warranty to stay intact,” said Angie Hicks, founder of the consumer website Angie's List.
Myth number four: Flipping a mattress keeps it in better condition.
Rotating and flipping makes sense if you sleep on a two-sided mattress that’s made with materials on both sides, but most mattresses made today are one-sided and shouldn’t be flipped.
Angie’s List says a new mattress can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. That’s a big purchase – so don’t feel pressured to buy on the spot.
Lie down for at least 10 minutes to gauge your comfort level and always ask about their return or exchange policy.