Myth Busters: Debunking 4 Common Mattress Myths

With most of us spending a third of our lives in bed, it's only natural to want to make a carefully thought out decision when purchasing a new mattress. After all, you're going to be investing both your time and money in this product. Choosing a new mattress can be a relatively tough process, with the numerous options available and this process is often only made more challenging when attempting to sort through the wide array of information available. Hence, to simplify this process for you, we're going to be debunking 4 of the most common mattress myths!

1. Firm beds are the perfect choice for those with back problems 

Verdict: True and False, it depends on the person 

Traditionally, firm beds have been touted as the perfect choice for those with bad backs. However, recent studies have actually suggested otherwise, arguing that medium to medium-firm mattresses might actually be better options for those with bad backs.

Ultimately, there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mattresses. What's comfortable for me might not be comfortable for you. Rather than abiding by a single guideline or rule, choose one that conforms to the curves of your body whilst still providing adequate comfort and support for your full body. 

2. Suggestions to replace your mattress every 6-8 years are simply a marketing scheme 

Verdict: False

The general rule of thumb is that you should replace your mattress every 6 to 8 years. However, various factors play a role in determining the lifespan of your mattress, such as the quality of the mattress, how well you take care of it and how you sleep on it. 

This suggestion is simply a general guideline and one that you don't have to strictly abide by. Regardless of how old your mattress is, you'll instinctively know when it's time to replace your mattress  if you're getting aches and pains, if the mattress has sags or indentations, if your body has changed or if you simply need an upgrade. 

For tips on how to take care of your mattress, head to this article: 5 tips for taking care of your mattress so it can take better care of you

3. Flip and rotate your bed to avoid having to replace it 

Verdict: False 

Most modern-day mattresses are designed to be one-sided (or non-flip) and are thus not built identically on each side. The side that you sleep on typically has additional layers of cushioning, foam or gel to support your body. Hence, if you were to flip your mattress onto its other side, you would simply be compromising your own sleep experience. 

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While most modern-day mattresses should not be flipped, they should be rotated regularly to keep the comfort fillings evenly distributed. This would thus help to prevent your mattress from suffering any premature damage, allowing you to maximise the lifespan of your mattress. 

4. Just wash your bedsheets and mattress protectors to keep your mattress clean 

Verdict: False 

Hate to break it to you but simply washing your bedsheets and mattress protectors is not going to be enough to keep your mattress clean. While your mattress protector is great for protecting your mattress from stains, spills and other substances, they are unable to prevent the accumulation of dust mites and other allergens. In fact, it is your mattress itself  and not your bedsheets or mattress protectors  that harbours most of the dust bites and allergens in your bed.

To maintain cleanliness and hygiene, it's thus extremely important to clean your mattress at least once a year, at minimum. 

Here are 4 of the most common mattress myths, debunked! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to our customer support team at or our live chat and we’ll be more than happy to help! 

For tips on how to choose your new mattress, head to this article: Guide to buying a mattress in Singapore.


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