You may have heard the term, "You can't put lipstick on a pig!". Well that may be true for a lot of things, but in bedding, it's not always the case.
If you've read other blog posts or watched our videos you may know that we are really passionate about getting people to pay attention to what goes on top of the mattress.
I can't tell you how many clients we've worked with who are disappointed with their mattress. Usually the clients have spent a significant amount of money on the mattress, and they feel bad because they spent a lot of time researching and thought they were doing the right thing only to be disappointed still.
So when it comes to spending more money on their bed, they are reluctant. For most, the main purchase WAS the bed, and now I'm telling you to spend more money? Well...yes.
The Mattress World Is Designed To Confuse You
We don't sell mattresses anymore. You may remember that Michelle and I used to be in the retail furniture business and we sold mattresses. Lots of them. But we only recommend one brand now and that's ViSpring. But I digress. What we learned being in that business was that the mattress business is...weird.
It's confusing. And it's like that on purpose. The big three mattress companies all market in a strategic way and they know that you're going to be disappointed with EVERY mattress and are going to end up back in about 3-5 years. Doesn't matter if you spend $500 or $5000. You're coming back. (Not if you buy a ViSpring but that's another blog post.)
The Typical Complaint
What happens for most clients is that the mattress starts out great, but over time it doesn't do what they said it was going to do. And by then, it's out of warranty and you're looking at spending money again.
But what most people don't realize is that the mattress isn't the panacea you were looking for. Odd's are people are overweight, maybe on medication for a whole variety of things, and may have some arthritic issues that all affect sleep. The idea that the mattress is going to cure all that is not appropriate. It's too much of an ask for the mattress.
But what we know is that when the sleeper on top of the mattress is in a good sleeping environment then they can have a more restful sleep. The last thing you want to be is hot, or cold because that's only going to make your body work harder on top of that mattress.
It Can Be a Mental Game Too
We've seen many clients look to their bed to cure everything from a head cold to cancer. Seriously. On more than one occasion we have had clients who have bought four mattresses in four year and still they are unhappy.
When it gets that frequent, it's not the mattresses fault. It's the sleeper. But in those situations what we were able to help the sleeper with was what went on top of the mattress. When we got them in between the best sheets, duvets and feather beds, then the sleeper could relax and now the mattress wasn't that big of a deal to them anymore.
It's a bit of a mental game at that point, but we see lots of clients who expect the mattress to cure everything. All of a sudden they are supposed to lie down on that mattress they spend five minutes on in the store and be cured of all of their ills and stresses. It's a bit unfair for the mattress.
How We Can Help
We want you to focus less on that mattress you may be unhappy with and on the environment on top of it. Why? Because we know if you are in a cozy environment that your body is more apt to relax which will give you a deeper sleep.
If you think about it for a moment, you can have the best mattress in the world, but if you're cold, or too hot, you're going to be wrestling with the covers all night trying to get it just right. It doesn't have to be that way.
Your Mattress Makes You Hot
This is a common problem for people who buy foam mattresses of any kind. Doesn't matter if it's a Casper, or a Temperpedic, or some environmentally friendly natural latex mattress. When you lie on them for a few minutes in the store you rarely experience the heat build up that happens when you sleep on them for an hour or more. This is a huge disappointment and many of our clients come to us having made that purchase.
Our recommendation is one of our featherbeds. Why? Because a featherbed creates a cushion of air that allows your body to dissipate the heat between you and the mattress.
If you find that the foam mattress you bought goes soft at night a featherbed can help to keep the mattress a little cooler and it will then remain supportive. A hot foam mattress goes soft and can wreck your back, neck and shoulders. Don't let that be you. Invest in a featherbed and you'll solve a lot of your problems caused by a hot mattress.
You Are Hot or Cold At Night
Trying to adjust the temperature of a room by adjusting the thermostat or opening or closing a window is just part of the challenge. Why? Because your body temperature also changes while you sleep.
I was speaking to a woman recently who said, "I just don't get it. The thermostat is set to 68 degrees all night long. Why do I wake up cold in the middle of the night!"
I had to explain that her body temperature changes and goes cold through the night. It's actually part of the sleeping process. But she told me that she works late, and will sometimes workout late. All of these things affect your body temperature and it's a big reason why you should invest in a duvet that can help regulate those big temperature swings.
When you buy one of our duvets, you get a larger "comfort zone" . What this means is your duvet will exhaust heat and retain heat over a larger temperature swing. Store bought duvets just won't do that. Our duvet's do. And that's the major difference between the price points.
Focus On The Environment On Top Of Your Mattress
If you spend some time thinking about the environment on top of the mattress than on the mattress itself, I can guarantee you will improve your sleep by a very large margin.
And having been in this business for as long as we have, I can confidently say that you will gain more by investing in your duvet and sheeting, a featherbed if your bed needs it, than by spending money on a new bed and putting the same bedding on top of it. That was a really long sentence, sorry.
But does that make sense? If you mattress is ok, but not great, invest in the best duvet and sheeting here. Then give it a year. You will probably find your mattress is better than it was, and by the time you are ready to buy a new mattress you will be even that more please.