7 Interesting But Weird And Newsworthy Facts You Did Not Know About Mattresses

The mattress industry claims to have discovered new, miracle mattress building materials, every now and again.  They also claim to have the solution to all your sleeping problems.

1. Bigger price, bigger comfort? It is recommended to not pay exorbitant prices for a new mattress.  The higher price of a mattress will not automatically mean that you will experience a better quality of sleep or better sleep, for that matter.

2. Before platform beds and spring mattresses; a mattress would have been laid on top of cross-woven ropes that were stretched across wooden frames.

3. Your mattress is recyclable: Most people do not know what to do when a mattress is not used anymore and need to be cast aside.  Because a mattress is big and bulky you can send it to be used as filler somewhere.  But, actually, a mattress is fully recyclable.  The metal and springs can be used again.  Fibres and wood can become a source of fuel and fabrics and foams can be used as padding in other products.

4. Most bought mattress: A study found that that the most favourite bed, are the memory foam mattresses, followed by a waterbed.  Innerspring beds came third.  The bed that is bought most, however, is the innerspring bed.

5. The Innerspring mattress was invented around 1871 but only began to gain popularity in the 1930’s as upholstered mattresses.

6. The origin of mattresses: The word mattress is derived from an Arabic word which means “to throw something down”.  This action comes from the time where everybody slept on the floor on cushions.

7. Mattresses changed through time: After the Roman Empire’s fall, mattresses disappeared.  The “Middle Ages” used furs to cover benches to sleep upon.  Later, mattresses were filled with various types of things, for instance, straw, and covered with silk or velvet.

Mattresses are mostly a common; every day used, innovation, with the biggest revolution in its history, probably, being, to simply raise them from lying flat on the floor.

Does The Price Of A Good Mattress Really Reflect The True Manufacturing Cost?

Mattresses are expensive.  Advertising will have it that you do not buy a cheaper mattress because it won’t deliver the rest that your body needs every day.  Health-research also showed that enough sleep is needed every night to ensure that your body and brain function at its best.  An incorrect mattress can deprive you of a good night’s rest.

But, does a more expensive mattress really make that big a difference in the quality of your sleep?  What makes a more expensive mattress, more expensive?

Why are Mattresses so Expensive:

1. An investigation into pricing in the mattress industry showed that the markup on mattresses is around 300%, which ensure huge profits for retailers. Manufacturers and retailers work closely together to make it difficult to compare prices across the industry.  No bed-shop will receive mattresses with the same name or colour.  The materials might be different in a small way, but, essentially, the mattresses are exactly the same.

2. Certain materials can and will add value to a mattress. These materials are Cotton, Wool, and springs with a higher coil count, Botanical Latex, Natural Fibres, locally sourced materials and certified organic materials.

3. A flippable, (turnable) two-sided mattress will more than double a mattresses’ life-span and therefore definitely add value.

Things that do not add any extra value: 

The “No Flip”, “Can’t Flip” mattress.

Added thickness extras, (of any kind), to any mattress.

Adding poly foams for no actual reason will not enhance or change anything about the product.

Consumers accept and pay the prices asked for mattresses.  Mattresses mostly look the same and the consumer does not know what is going on inside the mattress.  For all they know it consists of the cheapest materials available, therefore, they trust that by buying the more expensive versions, you will be sure to get the better deal.

However, paying a higher price for a mattress will not ensure a better sleep.

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5-Step Guide To Choosing The Right Type Of Mattress For Yourself

To stay happy and healthy, it is essential to get a good night’s rest.  To get a good night’s sleep, actually mean that you sleep comfortably, which mean that you are sleeping on the right mattress.

Firstly you should think about what kind of sleeper you are; peaceful or restless?  Do you prefer a firmer or softer type of mattress to sleep on?  Do you have any type of injury that causes pain during the night, which can be affected by a mattress?

Facts you should take into consideration:

1. Type of Mattress: Open spring mattresses; contains long, metal wire pieces coiled into lots of springs.  This mattress is lightweight but do not support the body as well as some other mattresses can, but is still good value for money.

Pocket spring mattress; these mattresses are more luxurious and are made up of smaller, individual springs, housed within a fabric-pocket.  This is a heavier type of mattress, but, more breathable, to prevent overheating while sleeping.

Memory foam mattress; are made from a mouldable material, memory foam, that responds to the body’s temperature and mould to the shape of the body.  It absorbs the body’s weight and will relieve the pressure on pressure points on the body.

2. Mattress Sizes: You need to decide how many space you need when sleeping.  Are you sharing with a partner?  Or do the kids join you in the mornings?  You will have a choice between, single, small double, double, queen, king-size and super king-size.

3. How do you sleep? Do you sleep peacefully without turning around, or are you restless and toss and turn, a lot?  This can influence your choice on the firmness and even the size of the mattress.  When suffering from back pain, joint pain or lower-back pain, it will also have an influence on your choice of bed.

4. Mattress Firmness: Your choices will be between soft, medium-soft, medium-firm and firm.  Firm mattresses are best for people suffering from back pain because it will keep your back in a stable position.  Medium-firm supports the lower back.  Medium-soft is ideal if you turn around a lot while sleeping, and soft mattresses will serve restless sleepers well.

5. Your Budget: This might be the biggest factor in your choice.  A good choice will be the normal open spring mattress if you need quality at a good price.  Pocket spring mattresses and memory foam mattresses tend to be more expensive because of the materials and methods used to produce them.

With a bit of research and this guide, you can make an informed decision when deciding which mattress to buy.