Choosing a new mattress can be a bit of a minefield. With so much choice and lots of conflicting information out there, we thought it would be a good idea to bust some common mattress myths that you might have thought were true.
Washing your bed sheets gets rid of dust mites!
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s the mattress itself that harbours the majority of dust mites in your bed. Fortunately they can’t bite you, however they are known to aggravate allergies. We’d always recommend using a mattress protector to help stem the build-up of skin cells on which they feed!
They only recommend replacing a mattress every 10 years so that you buy another one!
False. Inevitably all mattresses will have a different lifespan based on their quality and a number of other factors. If you notice a change in your quality of sleep or your mattress is sagging and becoming lumpy, it could be time for a new one. See our handy mattress care guide for more information on looking after your mattress.
Most mattresses are basically the same!
Same shape, maybe. Same sleeping experience? Definitely not. Every mattress type has its own unique qualities which might make it a good choice depending on the needs and wants of the individual.
You can simply flip your mattress to avoid replacing it!
If only life was that easy! Unfortunately, many types of mattress are not built symmetrically on each side. The side that you sleep on often has extra layers of cushioning, foam or gel to support your body meaning not all mattresses can be flipped.
The higher the price, the better the mattress!
As anything, there is some correlation between price and quality. But that’s not to say that the most expensive mattress in the world is more suited to your individual sleeping requirements than a mattress half the price.
Latex is just another type of memory foam!
Although similar in appearance, latex should be considered more of an alternative option to memory foam. Unlike memory foam, latex is naturally occurring and only requires pressure to respond to your body, whereas memory foam reacts to the heat of your body as well.
For a full comparison of latex and memory foam and to find out which could be better for you, keep your eye on the Goodnight Guru Blog in the coming weeks! If you have any questions about which mattress type will be best for you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can advise you.