Purchasing a new mattress can be a tiring experience so we’ve put some common mattress myths to bed.
If you have lower back pain, it’s commonly believed that a very firm mattresses offers greater support. However, a 90 day sleep study showed that participants with chronic non-specific back pain favoured a mattress with medium firmness. They reported significantly less back pain in bed and during the day compared to participants who were assigned a firm mattress.
In an industry that suffers from heavy mark-ups, misleading mattress sales, and intentional consumer confusion, price can be a poor indicator of mattress quality. Not only is the cost of most mattresses inflated, but the huge price discrepancies ($500 vs $5000?!) that exist between models isn’t warranted. When prodded for specifics, most mattress salesmen will provide answers that lack substance. Do your research beforehand and you’ll start to see behind the smoke and mirrors.
You spend more time on a mattress than you would on any other piece of furnitute – if you’re lucky enough to live til 90, that’s a full 30 years spent sleeping. On average, a mattress has a lifespan of 10 years. Most mattresses are made of a combination of foams and springs which naturally compress and sag overtime. You can lengthen the life of your mattress by rotating it every three months, avoid cleaning it with chemicals that degrade the foam, and not using it as a trampoline.
During an in-store trial it’s near impossible to gauge how a mattress will feel over an extended period of time. Whilst a softer mattress may feel good initially, a mattress takes a few months to contour to your body’s natural shape. You’ll also need to test how a mattress responds to your body’s temperature, pressure points and blood flow changes throughout the course of a night, compounded over time. After all, it is a 10-year commitment.
That’s why at Sleeping Duck we give you 100 nights to sleep on your mattress and ensure that you’ve found the one you want to commit to, so you can stop sleeping around.