Angie's List: Debunking Mattress Myths

By Lauren Maloney

Published 02/02 2014 02:56PM

Updated 02/02 2014 03:08PM

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.

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 common myths.

Number one: Replace your mattress every eight years.

"There are going to be some mattresses that won't last eight years and there are going to be some mattresses that last twice that long. It really comes down to the quality of mattress that you purchase," Mattress Company President Lauren Taylor said.

"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," Angie Hicks said.

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.

A new mattress can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

That's a big purchase - don't feel pressure to buy on the spot.

Myth: Replace every eight

Fact: Mattresses often need to be replaced when they no longer fit your needs, not on a specific timeline. But if you’re not sleeping well on a regular basis, can’t get comfortable or see excessive wear in the mattress, it’s time for a new one.

Invisible guests: Dust mites live in your bed

Fact: Mattress manufacturers and scientists agree that these microscopic creatures live everywhere and love the mattress environment, but the debate continues over how much weight they can add to a bed. Regularly washing — a waterproof, breathable mattress cover in addition to your sheets can ward off invisible infestations and help relieve allergies and asthma.

Myth: Removing a tag means time in the slammer

Fact: Taking the label off won’t get you jail time, but retailers recommend leaving it on because most return policies and warranties require the tag to remain on the mattress or box springs in case of return. The tags disclose whether a mattress is new or used and the materials used to make it, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC recommends looking for the tag before taking a mattress home or before delivery people leave your house to make sure you’re getting what you paid for. Retailers say to keep the tag attached to avoid pitfalls in case of returns or warranty claims.

Myth: Flipping a mattress keeps it in better condition

Fact: Rotating and flipping only make sense if you sleep on a two-sided mattress that’s made with materials on both sides of the inner coils. The majority of mattresses manufactured today are one-sided and shouldn’t be flipped.

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