Debunking the Most Common Myths About Mattresses – 2024 Update



When it comes to mattresses, there are many misconceptions and myths that have been perpetuated over the years. These myths can lead to confusion and misinformation, making it harder for people to make informed decisions when purchasing a new mattress. In this blog post, we'll debunk some of the most common myths about mattresses and provide you with accurate information to help you make the best choice for your sleep needs. We've talked about mattress myths before, so be sure to check out our previous blog post linked below to learn about some other myths we've debunked in the past:


Myth 1: Firm mattresses are always better for your back

One of the most persistent myths about mattresses is that a firm mattress is always the best choice for people with back pain. While it's true that a mattress that's too soft can cause the spine to sink out of alignment, a mattress that's too firm can also cause discomfort and pain. The truth is that the best mattress for your back depends on your individual needs and preferences.

Factors such as your body weight, sleeping position, and any existing health conditions can all impact what level of firmness is best for you. Some people may find that a medium-firm mattress provides the right balance of support and comfort, while others may prefer a softer or firmer option. The key is to find a mattress that allows your spine to maintain its natural alignment while also providing pressure relief for your joints and muscles.

Myth 2: A mattress should be a major investment

Another common myth is that you need to spend a fortune to get a high-quality mattress. While it's true that some luxury mattresses can come with a hefty price tag, it's not necessary to break the bank to get a good night's sleep.

At The Original Mattress Factory, we produce all of our mattresses in our locally owned and operated factories. Our factory-direct business model allows us to eliminate the middle-man markup and offer a great product at a great value. We believe that everyone deserves a comfortable and supportive mattress, regardless of their budget.

When shopping for a mattress, focus on finding one that meets your specific needs and preferences rather than getting caught up in the idea that you need to spend a certain amount of money. Take the time to research different options, read reviews, and test out mattresses in person if possible to find the one that's right for you.

Myth 3: Memory foam mattresses are hot and uncomfortable

Memory foam mattresses have gained a reputation for retaining heat and causing sleepers to feel hot and uncomfortable throughout the night. However, this is largely a myth, especially with newer memory foam technologies.

Our Serenity line of memory foam mattresses uses a specific air-flow layer built in between the layers of memory foam to promote air circulation within the mattress. This air flow actively helps to reduce any potential heat build-up and allows you to sleep comfortably, night after night.

That said, it's important to be aware that there are a lot of gimmicks out there when it comes to mattress features designed to reduce heat. Some retailers may claim that their mattresses are infused with gel or combined with other materials to keep you cool, but these features often don't live up to the hype. Use your judgment and if a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a retailer mentions a specific feature or technology, ask them to explain how it works and what evidence they have to support their claims.

Click on the link below for a blog we wrote previously about mattress features that have no benefits.


Myth 4: A mattress should be perfectly flat

Some people believe that a mattress should be perfectly flat and level in order to provide proper support and alignment. However, this is not necessarily true for everyone. In fact, many mattresses are designed to be adjustable, allowing sleepers to elevate either the head, the foot, or both.

Adjustable beds have become increasingly popular over the last several years, and for good reason. For some people, a slight contour can help reduce pressure points and promote proper spinal alignment, leading to a more comfortable and restful sleep. Additionally, people with breathing conditions or circulation issues may benefit from being able to sleep slightly elevated.

While there are certainly people who prefer to sleep on a completely flat surface, it's important to recognize that this doesn't work for everyone. If you're considering an adjustable bed, take the time to research different options and talk to a knowledgeable salesperson about which features might be best for your individual needs.

Myth 5: A box spring serves no purpose

Many people believe that a box spring is an unnecessary component of a bed, but this couldn't be further from the truth. At The Original Mattress Factory, we use real, working box springs under all our mattresses for a good reason.

A quality box spring provides excellent support and flexes to take some of the pressure off the mattress when weight is applied. This flexing action helps to distribute the weight more evenly, reducing wear and tear on the mattress. As a result, the mattress lasts longer, providing you with better value for your investment.

In recent years, many companies have started using "foundations" instead of traditional box springs. These foundations are essentially pallets for the mattress to rest on. While they do hold the mattress up, they offer no flex to help the mattress last longer. This means that the mattress absorbs all the pressure and weight, which can lead to faster deterioration and a shorter lifespan.

At OMF, we believe in providing our customers with the best possible sleep experience and long-lasting value. That's why we continue to use real, working box springs in all our bed sets. When you invest in one of our mattresses, you can be confident that you're getting a complete sleep system designed to provide excellent support and durability for years to come.

For more on the subject, click the link below to read another blog from our website about the differences between box springs and foundations:



Mattress myths can be persistent and widespread, leading to confusion and misinformation for consumers. By debunking these common myths and providing accurate information, we hope to help you make an informed decision when purchasing a new mattress.

Remember, the best mattress for you is one that provides the right balance of support, comfort, and durability for your individual needs and preferences. Don't be swayed by myths and misconceptions – do your research, try out different options, and choose the mattress that works best for you.

At The Original Mattress Factory, we're committed to providing our customers with high-quality, affordable mattresses that are built to last. Visit one of our showrooms or check out our website to learn more about our products and how we can help you get the best night's sleep possible.


Written by: Chris Gardner, OMF Marketing