Debunking 7 Common Myths About Bedding (and Mattresses)
Given the amount of time we spend in bed, it makes sense to get the right bedding and mattress to create a clean and cozy sleeping environment.
But making the right choices can get confusing given the misconceptions that are out there.
Here, Dormio’s organic bedding experts separate fact from fiction to help you make a more informed purchase.
7 Misconceptions About Bedding and Mattresses Debunked
Finding comfortable, stylish, and long-lasting bedding can be a challenge if you’re surrounded by misinformation. From the firm belief that firm mattresses are best for backs to the fascination with high thread count, there are many myths that lead customers to bad buying decisions. Here, we dispel some common misconceptions and uncover the facts.
Myth 1: All cotton sheets feel the same
Not all cotton sheets are the same. Indeed, you should consider the type of cotton and its weave when selecting cotton sheets.
Cotton comes in many varieties. These include:
- Egyptian (fine quality cotton that produces strong and soft fabric)
- regular (made from cotton grown using fertilizers and pesticides)
- organic (made from cotton grown from natural seeds, without pesticides)
- pima (highest quality of cotton).
The type of weave also makes a difference in the final product. These include:
1) Percale: This closely-woven plain-weave has a thread count of 200 or more. It is tighter than other standard weave types and produces medium-weight sheets that are firm and smooth with no gloss.
2) Oxford: This weave creates a subtle basket effect by using different yarns in various weights and thicknesses, thus producing a soft and heavy sheet.
3) Sateen: This weave has weft threads tightly packed together to produce a sheet with a silky feel and high lustre.
Myth 2: Firmer mattresses are the best for those with back problems
Because everybody is different, no one type of mattress can match everyone’s needs. Overall comfort is as important during sleep as sufficient back support. If your mattress is too firm, it can cause backaches, pain on pressure points, and push your spine out of alignment. A medium-firm mattress may be more comfortable as it allows the shoulders and hips to sink in slightly, thus supporting your lower back.
Myth 3: A higher thread count means a better sheet
Although thread count is an important factor to consider when buying sheets, it shouldn’t be the only criteria. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet and longer the life.
Good sheets range anywhere from 200 to 800 in terms of thread count. But high thread counts don’t necessarily mean the sheet is better and don’t improve the quality of the fabric.
The key to comfortable sheets is the quality of the fibre. Even lower thread counts with higher-quality fibre produce long-lasting and soft sheets, including organic cotton sheets. Go for cotton sheets made from long or extra-long staple cotton fibres.
Myth 4: A good mattress will last you a lifetime
Mattresses don’t last forever. The average lifespan of a mattress is 10 years and it is recommended that you replace your old mattress with a new one every six to eight years. An old mattress, especially when used beyond its lifespan, can negatively affect your sleep and lead to health issues like allergies, muscle stiffness, and joint pain.
Myth 5: A heavy duvet or comforter is warmer than a light one
The warmth of a comforter or duvet depends on its fill power and the quality of fill, not on its weight. Moreover, a heavy comforter or duvet can make you feel suffocated instead of cozy.
Fill power is the measure of the quality of down. It is determined by calculating how many cubic inches of loft one ounce of that down fill produces. If the fill power is higher, it means greater insulating ability; lower fill power means the fill is not insulating enough. Go for organic duvets and comforters with goose and duck down or alpaca wool as they provide thermal regulation to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Myth 6: More pillows mean more comfort
Overloading your bed with pillows to make it more comfortable is a myth. If you want multiple pillows on your bed, keep two to sleep on and two for decoration which you can use when sitting or laying on the bed to read.
Myth 7: Mattresses need to be regularly flipped
Mattresses used to have to be flipped occasionally to maintain their shape. But mattress technology has come a long way, and not all mattresses need flipping these days. Double-sided mattresses can be flipped, but many modern mattress designs only have one usable side.
Other varieties are designed not to sag for many years, regardless of which side you sleep on. Some models are intended to be used on one side throughout winter and the other throughout summer.
However, rotating the mattress is a good idea to help it wear more evenly because sleeping in the same spot every night can cause the bed to wear unevenly.
Misinformation can hamper your decision-making and negatively impact your bedding and mattress purchases. That’s why it’s necessary to separate fact from fiction. Now that these myths are busted, we hope that you’ll be able to find the right mattress, sheets, pillows and organic duvets (and covers). When in doubt, consult a bedding expert.