*Sigh*. If finding the perfect mattress in Singapore is as simple as picking the one with the highest price tag. With numerous brands and options available on the market, it can be challenging for you to find the most suitable bed for your sleeping needs. And the plethora of mattress myths is undoubtedly not helping matters!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could sort through the clutter of (mis)information in the mattress industry and hone in on what matters most – a good night’s sleep? Perhaps it might help you make an informed purchase. With that in mind, let us help you separate facts from myths by debunking the common misconceptions about mattresses.
Myth #1: A firm mattress makes the best bed
It is natural to assume that a firm bed provides the best support, thus leading to better sleep. Well, not necessarily so! A mattress that is too firm may cause you to experience aches and pains at sensitive pressure points. It may even push your spine further out of alignment during sleep.
You should know that mattress firmness usually falls into three categories: soft, medium-firm, and very firm. Soft mattresses conform to your shape but cannot deliver adequate support across your body.
Medium-firm beds are usually the best of both worlds, offering conformability and support while alleviating pressure point pain in most people. However, they may not be suitable for everyone. Lastly, very-firm mattresses provide the best support but offer little (if any) conformability, which may cause pressure point pain.
If you wish to achieve restful, regenerative sleep and minimise pain and discomfort, you require a mattress that supports all areas of your body and conforms to your preferred sleeping position. Do note that mattress firmness may differ across various brands and models. Therefore, it is essential that you try a bed out first before buying it.
Myth #2: Your mattress needs replacing every 8 years
Sleep experts usually recommend replacing your mattress every 8 years. However, you should treat it as a guide and not take it as gospel. The truth is that the lifespan of every mattress varies. Some may fall below standard, necessitating a replacement within a few years. Conversely, others exceed expectations, allowing you to obtain quality shut-eye even after a decade.
Several factors, like the make of the bed, how you take care of your mattress, and your body size can affect its lifespan too! Generally, you will know when it is time to buy a new bed. If you experience regular sleepless nights or discomfort upon waking up, it is probably time to search for a replacement mattress.
Myth #3: Coil count is the best measure of support
The coil counts of pocket spring beds are often touted as a prime selling feature, with mattresses featuring high coil counts usually carrying a more expensive price tag. However, their importance might be exaggerated. This does not mean that coil count is not crucial (it is), but it is by no means the best measure. There are other factors to consider, such as coil type and comfort layers, when selecting your ideal mattress.
Myth #4: All-foam mattresses are as good as pocket-coil mattresses
The truth to this myth is subjective and likely depends on your sleeping preference. Foam mattresses are great for those who prefer feeling soft and comfortable during sleep. However, sleepers who are heavy or prefer sleeping on their stomachs may find themselves sinking too much into a foam bed, making it challenging for them to move freely.
Furthermore, the level of support found in an all-foam mattress pales in comparison to that of a pocket-coil mattress. The latter beds feature individual springs that react to the pressure placed on them, offering adaptive support to users during sleep. It is also vital to note that all-foam mattresses tend to lack air circulation. As a result, hot sleepers might find it difficult to sleep comfortably in the hot and humid climate of Singapore.
Myth #5: Memory foam mattresses always sleep hot
Are you hesitant about purchasing a memory foam mattress because you heard these beds always sleep hot? In that case, we are here to reassure you that this myth has been blown out of proportion. A study shows that around 8% of memory foam sleepers report that their bed sleeps hot, compared to about 4% for the average mattress owners. This statistic clearly does not back up the ‘always sleep hot’ aspect of memory foam mattresses.
Besides, many memory foam mattresses now feature cooling technology to keep temperatures down and user comfort levels up to alleviate such concerns. So if you are sleeping hot on a memory foam bed, the blame may lie with other elements, like the weather, your bedsheet material, or your fan.
Learning to separate the facts from the myths is crucial when shopping for your new bed. So don’t be influenced by these unsubstantiated claims. After reading our article, you can confidently start your mattress-buying journey with a clear mind and open eyes. Whether you plan to buy your mattress online or shop for your ideal bed in person, remember to always try it out before making your decision.
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