10 Tips On How To Choose The Perfect Mattress For You
Getting a good night’s sleep depends on a lot of different factors — comfort, stress level, room temperature – but to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress you know that there is a huge selection from which to choose. How do you know which mattress is best for you? Not everyone has the budget for a top of the line, state-of-the-art mattress. So what factors should you consider when you’re in the market for a new mattress?
1-Do You Really Need A New Mattress?
While many modern mattresses claim to be built to last a lifetime, you probably shouldn’t plan on keeping yours for that long. As mattresses collect dust mites, fungus and other items that can exacerbate allergies, after 10 to 15 years it’s time to think about buying a new bed.
How do you know whether it’s time for a new mattress? Ask yourself these questions:
- When you wake up do you have less energy or more?
- After you’ve been up for a while do you experience any unusual soreness or aches and pains, specifically in your back and sides
- Do you toss and turn in bed or frequently shift position during the night?
If you do, you’re probably sleeping on an inappropriate mattress, and it’s likely that it’s time to get a new mattress. With the right mattress, you’ll feel no pressure, get rid of your aches and pains and sleep like you’re floating on air.
2-Know How Much You’re Willing To Spend
The next thing you should do before you even head out to shop for mattresses is to know how much you’re willing and able to spend. Because there are so many options you can choose from, setting your budget in advance will help you focus on those quality mattresses that are within your budget.
3-Understand What Type of Mattress Is Right For You
Mattress manufacturers and retailers have dozens of names for different types of mattresses, but, in reality, there are only a few distinct types:
A: Innerspring Mattresses
Innerspring mattresses are still the most widely used. They support you with springs and, today, most mattresses are built with coils which are individually enclosed. This helps your bed weather years of use and prevents the coils from popping out of the mattress. A wide variety of materials, from pillow to latex to memory foam are added on top of the coils for comfort.
Many people think that more coils mean more comfort, however, that’s not exactly true. Studies have found that you don’t really need a coil count above 390. Anything above that results in a difference that’s so small you won’t even notice it.
Pros: There are plenty of innerspring mattresses on the market from which to choose. They range in firmness, the fluffiness of the pillow top, and in price to fit every taste and pocket book. For those people who are overweight spring mattresses may offer firmer support making it easier to get into and out of bed. Firmer versions are also good for people with back pain.
Cons: In most cases there is no direct relationship between price and comfort, but you should steer clear of the cheapest inner spring mattresses. If there aren’t enough springs and cushion to offer you proper support, you’ll likely wake up with an aching back.
B: Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are growing in popularity. They are made layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature, and are known for comfort because they contour to the specific shape of your body. Memory foam toppers are also available.
Pros:By molding to the shape of your body as your weight shifts through the night, memory foam reduces pressure points and relieves pain. Memory foam also absorbs movement, so if you sleep with a partner, you’re not likely to be disturbed by their tossing and turning.
Cons:One of the biggest complaints with memory foam mattresses is that because these mattresses are temperature sensitive, softening and molding with your body heat, they can make you feel extremely hot during the night.
C: Latex Mattresses
Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber, and are known for providing a very firm, bouncy support that is uniform throughout the bed.
Pros: Some experts claim that latex is one of the best materials to sleep on. It is both firm and supportive while also providing comfort similar to memory foam. Unlike memory foam, however, latex pushes back, ultimately providing more support.
Cons: If you don’t like the feel of a firm mattress, then latex is probably not the right choice for you.
D. Adjustable Beds
These beds are able to bend and elevate at varying angles. As a result, the mattress has to be flexible. Different types of mattresses can be used on an adjustable bed – memory foam, latex, or air. Coil spring mattresses are more difficult to configure because springs do not handle bending well.
Pros: For those individuals who have difficulty getting in and out of bed or who like to watch television in bed, an adjustable bed can make life easier by moving you closer to where you want to be.
E. Sofa Beds
When you have guests staying for a night or two, sofa beds come in handy. The mattresses in these beds tend to be thin, so that they can be flexible enough to fold and collapse into the couch. While sofa beds are a great convenience and space saver, their primary purpose is not comfort.
Pros: Sofa beds are convenient, especially if you have limited space.
Cons: A night or two on a sofa bed is ok, but it’s probably the worst kind of bed you can sleep on for the long term.
4-Do You Want Firm or Plush?
You’ll hear a lot about firm and plush mattresses and, as their names imply, these indicate the firmness or softness of the mattress in question. You’ll see some mattresses described as extra firm, firm, plush, and ultra plush denoting how hard or soft the mattress actually is. In some cases, at the ultra plush end of the scale, manufacturers add thick pillow tops and cushions to the top of a standard mattress to make it feel softer. In the end, it’s all a matter of choice – what feels best for you.
5. Does The Mattress Offer You Enough Support?
The mattress should support your body in a neutral position, that is, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders and head are supported in proper alignment. If the mattress is too firm, it will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment. If its too soft, those same pressure points won’t be properly supported. Both scenarios will give you an achy morning.
6. Take Your Mattress For A Test Drive
When in a store looking at new mattresses, experts suggest laying down on each mattress in the position in which you normally sleep, and spending 10 to 15 minutes on the bed. And – bring your own pillow! The more you replicate the way you’ll actually be sleeping on the mattress at home, the better your chances of picking the right one.
7. Test Mattresses AT All Price Points
One great way to find a mattress that you’ll like is to start with the high end mattresses and work your way down from there. This way, you’ll get to experience the super high end top of the line mattress first to get a feel for how comfortable they are, and then you start to step down in features and padding until you start to test mattresses that are a little less comfortable than you like. Then you’ll know where your balance is and you can make a decision that balances comfort and budget.
8. Replace Your Box Spring Along With Your Mattress
Over time, the compression of the springs will start to change the structure of the spring box. To ensure that it retains a firmer structure, you should purchase a new box spring at the same time that you buy your mattress.
9. Bigger Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better
Thickness is often a ploy designed to get people to think that they’re getting a more comfortable mattress. Listen to your body and find the mattress that feels the most comfortable, not just one that looks that way. Ultimately, experts say that the best bed for you is the one that feels the most comfortable.
10. Ask About Deliver And Disposal
Make sure that your mattress comes with delivery and disposal of your old mattress – so you can enjoy your new mattress without any delay. Remember – at Thompson Brothers Furniture we offer Free Delivery as well as disposal of your old mattress.
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