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Where You Lay Your Head: What do you know about mattresses?
by Staff
We humans spend a big chunk of our lives in the Land of Nod, so it's important that each of us has the right mattress. But how much do you really know about the cushioned pad you sleep on? What are these big, rectangular bedroom items, and how long have they existed? Take this quiz to see if you're a mattress expert!

Who first began sleeping on pallets raised off the floor?

  • the English
  • the Greeks
  • the Egyptians

What kind of stuffing helped make mattresses less susceptible to insects in the late 18th century?

  • cotton
  • straw
  • leaves

True or false: A California king-size mattress is the same size as a regular king-size mattress.

  • true
  • false
  • The size is different in every state.

Today, the most common type of mattress is _________.

  • an air mattress
  • an innerspring mattress
  • a foam mattress

True or false: Water beds do NOT actually have water in them.

  • true
  • false

When is it time to get a new mattress?

  • every 10 years or so
  • after 25 years
  • If you buy your mattress new, you shouldn't ever have to buy another one.

True or false: A good mattress should keep your spine in a straight line while you sleep.

  • true
  • false
  • Only if you sleep on your left side.

It's good to flip and rotate an innerspring mattress every ____.

  • few months
  • few years
  • you should never flip your mattress

True or false: When buying a new mattress, you want to pick the fanciest-looking one in the store.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Mattresses are impossible to clean.

  • true
  • false
  • Foam mattresses are the only kind you can clean.

How much time should you lie on a new mattress you're thinking of buying?

  • a couple of minutes
  • 15 to 20 minutes
  • until the store closes

Getting six to eight hours of sleep every night can help lower ______.

  • your blood pressure
  • your risk for depression
  • your risk of heart disease
  • all of the above

True or false: It's always worth it to pay full price for a new mattress.

  • true
  • false
  • Only if you're shopping at a bed store inside a mall.

Which kind of bedding is Japanese in origin?

  • innerspring mattress
  • futon
  • air mattress

True or false: The firmest mattress is the best mattress.

  • true
  • false
  • It depends on the person.

True or false: There are mattresses made specifically for couples who prefer different levels of firmness.

  • true
  • false

When you replace a mattress, what should you do with the old one?

  • Donate it.
  • Throw it away.
  • Recycle it.

True or false: A new mattress should have a tag stating it's a new product.

  • true
  • false
  • It's true unless someone removed it, which is totally cool.

True or false: Two twin beds put together equal one king-size bed.

  • true
  • false
  • It depends which direction they're facing.

True or false: A pillowtop mattress comes with two pillows that are attached to the surface of the bed.

  • true
  • false
  • A pillowtop mattress is just a giant pillow.