What should I look for when buying a new mattress?
Sleep experts recommend a firm support system with no sag or hammock. The innerspring unit in most mattresses today provides the deep down support for your back. All innerspring units today will provide good support, although at least 390 coils are recommended. You also need enough surface conformability, or pressure relief. On average people toss and turn 50 times a night. Your body sends an impulse to your brain signaling that circulation is being cut off. Your brain then pulls you out of the deep rejuvenating stages of sleep to turn over in hopes to restore proper circulation. The layers of foam in today’s mattresses provide the necessary pressure relief for minimal tossing and turning. Push down on the mattress firmly with both hands. Make sure you don’t get any coil feel. If you sleep on your side, you will want a mattress with more padding. This will let the heaviest parts of your body (your shoulders and hips) sink into the mattress without experiencing circulation cutoff.
What size should I get?
The sleep experts recommend the largest mattress your room will comfortably fit. The most popular size today is Queen. The larger the sleep surface, the less your natural sleep position is interrupted. You will also feel less motion transfer between partners on a larger sleep surface.
Is the coil count in a mattress important?
No. 390 coils are recommended in a queen size model, which the majority of todays mattreses satisfy. Consumer Reports states; “Coil count nor coil size made a difference in durability or quality, in all but the cheapest of mattress sets. In general the sleep experts recommend at least 390 coils in a queen size mattress. A 390 coil unit will provide a supportive, durable surface. In general, as the number of coils in a mattress increase, the thickness of wire used for each coil decreases. More coils will provide a more responsive surface but not usually increase the durability.
Can I put my new mattress on old box springs?
No. Sleep sets usually wear out from the bottom up and your old boxes aren’t likely to support the weight of today’s thicker mattresses. Most of the cost in a new sleep set is in the mattress. If you are on a budget, a new foundation or box spring will make your old mattress feel firmer. Most manufacturers will void the warranty if your new mattress is placed on an old foundation or box spring.
How can I tell if I need a new bed frame?
All king and queen sets made today require a center support for warranty compliance, twin and full mattress sets do not. If your current frame is bent, squeaks, or has any broken wheels/glides, it is time to replace your frame.
What should I do with my old mattress?
Get rid of it! Perspiration and repeated compression will break down the foam layers over time. Your old set is probably much thinner than when it was new. Even if your set looks okay, the tempering has likely worn out of the steel coils and does not provide the proper support needed anymore. It is recommended that a mattress be replaced every 7-10 years for people under 40, every 5-7 years for people over 40…regardless of quality. The sleep experts have found that the average mattress doubles in weight every ten years from dead skin cells and dust mites! Removal of your old set may cost extra with the purchase of a new set. Be sure to ask your salesperson if there is a charge for removal as most trash services will assess a disposal fee on mattresses.
Why do stains void mattress warranties?
Less than 3% of all sets sold ever encounter a warranty issue. Mattress warranty claims are far and few between so the warranty length should not be a determining factor in selecting a new mattress set. Due to OSHA regulations, every manufacturer will refuse and/or void the warranty if the mattress and/or foundation are found to have stains, soils, or are in any way unsanitary. No retailer will require you to purchase an additional product to maintain your mattress warranty but most will suggest a product to keep your new set sanitary for the above stated reasons.
One-sided vs. two-sided mattresses?
The majority of today’s innerspring mattresses are one-sided. They call them no-flip or never-turn mattresses, but most salespeople will neglect to tell you that you can’t sleep on the other side. The other side to the one-sided story is that the biggest complaint in the bedding industry today is body impressions. Body impressions are a normal occurrence in any innerspring mattress. The layers of upholstery are designed to conform to you. Over time, a body impression will form. The thicker the mattress, the greater potential of long term body impressions. Remember the height of the coil unit is very similar in height from brand to brand model to model. The thicker luxury mattresses will contain more pressure-relieving material which is more likely to develop body impressions over time. Most manufacturer warranties are written that body impressions must reach 1½” or greater before replacing the product under the confines of the warranty. Flipping and rotating a two-sided product will equalize the compression of the filling materials and keep your mattress feeling newer and extend the comfort life. When a body impression forms, flip your mattress, next time it forms, flip and rotate it.
Why do I have a backache on my new mattress?
The wear out process of your old mattress was very gradual. Over time, the springs lost their ability to support your body. Many people complain of rolling toward their partner or excessive tossing and turning on their old mattress. When you go to a new support system, the new innerspring will push your back into a straight-line sleeping posture. It can stretch muscles and ligaments in the process. Don’t let this alarm you…it may take up to a month for your body to re-adjust to being properly supported.
Why are new sleep sets so thick? Will my sheets fit?
Today’s sleep sets are much thicker than past sets. More upholstery and luxury materials enhance pressure-relieving benefits but also add to the overall thickness. It is a good idea to measure the different mattress thicknesses. Sheet sets that fit mattresses up to 15” are common at most discount department stores. It is important to note that as mattresses become thicker the selection of sheets to fit them properly goes down and the prices go up.
Will I still be able to see my headboard? Can I still sit comfortably on the side of my mattress?
Most sets are available with a low-profile foundation. This will reduce the overall height of the set without sacrificing comfort. Very seldom is there a cost difference between the regular and reduced height, and it will not change the comfort of the mattress. Many headboard/footboard sets over 10 years old will most likely need a low profile foundation.
Dust Mites FAQS
What are dust mites?
They may look like tiny insects, but these eight-legged arachnids are actually related to spiders and ticks. Dust mites are too small to be seen with the human eye. During its 80-day lifespan, the average dust mite produces around 1,000 allergenic waste particles. Dust mite allergen is the number one cause of year-round allergic rhinitis.
Where do dust mites live?
They flourish in warm, humid environments like your bed and survive by feeding off dead human skin cells and animal dander. Dust mite populations increase rapidly; each egg-laying female can increase the population by 25 or 30 mites a week, and depending on its age, your bed may house between 100,000 and 10,000,000 dust mites.
Why do dust mites cause allergic reactions?
Dust mites themselves are not inhaled; rather, proteins found in their waste particles cause allergic reactions. These proteins, referred to as allergens since they cause allergic reactions, can be found in dust mite feces and decomposing body fragments. Dust mite feces contain a powerful enzyme that breaks down the droppings so that remaining fecal nutrients can be eaten by other dust mites if food is scarce. When dust mite allergen is inhaled, these powerful enzymes enter the lungs and break down protective tissue, causing respiratory problems. During its lifetime, the average dust mite produces 200 times its body weight in allergenic waste.
How many people are allergic to dust mites?
Dust mite allergen is the number one cause of year-round allergic rhinitis. At least 10% of the population and 80% of people with allergies and asthma are sensitive to dust mite allergen.
Bed Bug FAQS
Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite – wasn’t it just a nursery rhyme?
Long considered eradicated in most metropolitan areas, bed bugs are making a comeback. They are being found in cities across the country, everywhere from homeless shelters to five-star hotels. Contrary to popular belief, the presence of bed bugs does not indicate a lack of cleanliness. In the past, insecticides such as DDT helped to keep the bed bug population at bay with residues that continued working after the product was sprayed. Now, with the increase in use of bait traps instead of broad spectrum sprays, specific pests such as ants and cockroaches are being targeted, and bed bugs are no longer being eliminated. Bed bugs have also developed resistance to many of the pesticides, particularly pyrethroids. In addition, people now travel more than ever before, particularly to and from destinations where bed bugs have remained prevalent. Places that see a great deal of turnover such as hotels and motels give bed bugs the opportunity to continue their travel to new locations as hitchhikers on luggage or clothing.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs have an oval body and a short, broad head. The body as a whole is broad and flat. Unfed adults are around ¼ inch (6 mm) long, brown and wingless. After feeding, they swell slightly in size and darken to a blood-red color. The nymphs are shaped like the adults, but are yellow-white in color. Bed bugs are wingless and cannot fly or jump, but are able to enter into extremely small locations in the home because of their flattened bodies. Bed bugs can live for several weeks to several months without feeding, depending on the temperature. Bed bugs prefer to feed on human blood, but will also bite mammals and birds.
Will bed bug bites make me sick?
While bed bugs are not known transmit any pathogens or diseases, their bites usually result in swollen red, itchy welts. Though bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, bed bugs can severely reduce quality of life by causing discomfort, sleeplessness, anxiety, and embarrassment. Many people are not aware that they have been bitten, but some people may be more sensitive to the bite and may have a localized reaction. As a bed bug is biting, it injects anesthetic saliva to numb the pain. It also contains anti-coagulant to keep the blood of its meal host flowing. People can be allergic to bed bug bites, which can cause swelling, itchy welts and in some cases infections. These infections can be serious, especially if they are from a resistant form of bacterial pathogen such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
Small reddish or brownish spots on one’s linens are often the first sign of an infestation. These spots are the bed bug’s droppings. Bed Bugs often hide in mattresses but they can also survive in furniture, behind wall coverings and pictures/paintings. They will crawl and nest inside tiny crevices anywhere indoors, as long as there is a source of food (blood).
How do bed bugs infest my home?
Bed bugs are moved into and around a dwelling through infested furniture and bedding. They can also enter a home or hotel by being carried in on clothing or luggage. Bed bugs are often carried into a home on objects such as furniture and clothing. Bed bugs can also travel from apartment to apartment along pipes, electrical wiring and other openings. When bed bug infestations are small, the bed bugs tend to reside near the bed. As infestations grow larger, they tend to move beyond beds into other locations such as sofas and upholstered chairs. Bed bug females may lay their eggs away from a heavy infestation to provide greater chance for survival. If the infestation is heavy, a sweet smell may be noticed in the room.