Sleep experts are knowledgeable about all things related to sleep including mattresses. As a consumer, you probably just shop based on how comfortable it is but sleep experts recommend that you be more selective. Here are the 6 more things they wish you knew about your mattress.

1. Material matters

The material your mattress is made of greatly impacts the quality of your sleep. Those with allergies and chemical sensitivities may not do well with mainstream mattresses. Even if you’re getting adequate sleep, you could be inhaling compounds that are dangerous to your health.

You will be surprised to learn that many of today’s mattresses are made up of synthetic material that’s filled with harmful chemicals. When it’s time to replace your old one, opt for a mattress made with organic materials. An organic mattress can improve your sleep and protect your health in the long run.

2. Comfort and support are two different things

Remember what we said earlier about not just shopping for comfort alone? A good mattress should not just feel comfortable, it should also support your spine so you’re able to relax. This is especially important if you have a bad back. So how do you know if your mattress is not giving you enough support? If you wake up feeling pain or stiffness in your body, your mattress could be the culprit behind it.

3. Everyone has different needs

There is no one perfect mattress for everyone. For some people, a firmer bed is more comfortable while others need theirs to be more on the soft side. The older you are, the softer you might prefer your bed to be since it helps cushion painful joints. It can be hard to tell right away whether a mattress is just the right level of soft and firmness for you so don’t hesitate to take the offer for those free trials that mattress companies provide. These don’t require your commitment and you can return the mattress if it doesn’t suit you.

4. Mattress lifetimes depends on you

Mattress companies will tell you that the average mattress will last you 7 to 8 years. But that doesn’t mean you should wait that long to replace your old mattress. Some mattresses wear out faster than others depending on who’s using them. Your body will tell you when it’s time to replace it. If you regularly wake up to pain, it’s a sign that you need a new mattress.

5. Investing in a good mattress makes sense

They say this a lot for many products in the market today. However, it could not be more true for mattresses. If you buy a low cost mattress, you probably won’t get the support that you need. This means you’ll need to replace it sooner. That can’t always be good for the government since most cheap mattresses are not recyclable and they take up a lot of space in landfills.

If you really want to get the best sleep, you’re better off buying a more high-end mattress. Not only is it made of high quality material, it will also last you longer. Best of all, expensive mattresses are often made with recyclable material which means you’re not adding to waste pollution. It can still get a second lifetime at recycling factories which convert these old mattresses into other things such as clothes, rugs, foam stuffings, chips, and more.

6. Sometimes it’s not the mattress

If all else fails and you’re still not getting the good sleep you’re expecting from a high-quality mattress, the problem could actually be your pillow. If you’ve been using the same pillow for awhile, it may be time to replace it with a new one to match your new mattress.

Which of these sleep facts surprised you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below.