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Before You Sleep: Mattress Myths!

What is there to know about buying the right mattress? Turns out, there's more to a mattress than how it feels in the store. The right mattress is cushioned and warm while being firm enough to prevent joint pain, but nowadays there are several types of mattresses that may fulfill those needs. What do you know about memory foam, and when's the last time you checked out a new innerspring mattresses? Understanding some of the most common myths and facts about mattresses can help you find the right model without needlessly breaking your bank account.

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MYTH: Replace your mattress every 8 years!

Well, not always. Some mattresses will last longer, others not so much. It all really comes down to your own comfort.

MYTH: Allergies can be reduced by buying a new mattress

Allergens do tend to build-up over the years, as mattresses can collect dust, mites, parasites, and bacteria. People are allergic to many materials used to make mattress parts. Specialty mattresses labeled non-allergenic are often using latex as their natural material. A large population of people are allergic to latex products, they may be switching from one allergy trigger to another. There are variables in latex origins as well, some are petroleum based and others are from trees.

MYTH: Seniors can't get special discounts on mattresses.

Prices throughout the mattress industry are tightly regulated, but discounts are often available for senior citizen shoppers. Various retailers offer their own senior discount programs, though you may have a more difficult time getting discounts directly from mattress providers. Seniors can also check with their local AARP branches for more information about getting great deals on mattresses.

MYTH: All mattresses are alike

Truthfully, manufacturing processes in the mattress industry are as varied as any process could be. As of this date, there are no government agencies set up to safely regulate healthy manufacturing of mattresses. Even the label process for mattresses has little actual accountability.

MYTH: Don't remove that tag! SWAT is on the way!

While the tag may be necessary for the warranty, it's your mattress, yank on that tag if you want!

MYTH: Vacuuming a mattress or shaking it will get ride of any bedbugs

The best way to deal with a mattress that may have bedbugs is to simply get rid of the mattress itself. Getting the bugs out will be a long process and most likely will cost more than a decent new mattress will.

MYTH: If it's expensive it must be a good mattress

The quality of the feel and look of the outside of a mattress, its softness or firmness - this is not the key to healthy sleeping. whatever is comfortable for you over the long run will be the best mattress, no matter the price.

MYTH: Brand new mattresses are clean and healthy

Chemicals that have been used to treat mattresses, including materials labeled "safe", since 2007, can at times emit toxic gases. It takes three years for new mattresses to "out-gas" harmful emissions to be considered safe or non-toxic independent testers have found the presence of VOC's in new mattresses.