How To Choose A New Mattress
Buying a new mattress is a big deal; it’s going to be right next to you for years to come and will either help or hinder the quality of your sleep. Sleep, as we know, is a major key to physical health, mental health, and productivity in the workplace and at home. So how do you know which one is best for you? How do you know what makes a good mattress? Here are some helpful insights which could help you in your decision making.
1. In store or online?
These days, it’s easier than ever before to purchase a mattress online. Shopping online will allow you more thinking time, away from the friendly glare of an eager sales-manager. You can get some great deals in terms of cost but may have to personally sort out the removal of your existing mattress. You also won’t be able to test it out yourself, in person. If you’re in a store, however, you can spend as long as you like lying down on various mattresses, seeing how they actually feel. Whichever option you go for, make sure you know exactly what the returns policy entails. Online companies will tend to be more ready to refund 100% of your money, whereas not all stores will be quite as generous. You could always try the same brand of mattress in store and check it out online, weighing up which one presents you with the better deal. This could be ideal, but only if you know the brand of mattress you’re interested in.
2. The big 3
Mattresses tend to come in three main categories; foam, innerspring, and adjustable. Each may have its own advantages and disadvantages, and it might come down to what you personally need and want. Side sleepers will tend to need a softer mattress to absorb the curvature created by that sleeping position, whereas front sleepers are best served by a firmer mattress.
Innerspring mattresses usually have a bouncier feel to them, at the same time as retaining a degree of firmness. Ones with interconnected coils are especially long-lasting. However, ones with ‘pocketed’ coils might help lessen the annoying bounce you can feel when someone who is heavier gets into the other side of the bed.
Latex and memory foam mattresses are useful because they mold into your body’s unique form, allowing your pressure points to be supported. In this regard, they’re particularly useful for anyone who suffers from back pain. They’re useful for front sleepers, for whom a firm mattress is best.
The beauty of a hybrid mattress is that provides has the bounce of an innerspring core with the malleable, calming firmness of memory foam. There will tend to be different proportions of coils and foam, so you can target one that will be just right for you.
Organic mattresses contain properties that can help keep your body cool; moreover, they’re made from materials that are eco-friendly, such as organic cotton and organic wool, which can help you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Such organic properties naturally absorb your body’s moisture, giving you a comfortable night’s sleep. They also encourage warmer air to circulate in colder times.
Waterbeds can be quite heavy and a little cumbersome to set up, but if you’re not planning to move anytime soon can soothe your aching muscles and relieve tension. There is less movement, due to an absence of coils or foam, and they are useful if you’re someone who struggles both to get to sleep and stay asleep.
8. Custom Foam
The great thing about custom foam mattresses is that they can be tailored to meet your specific requirements. Typically, you will be able to choose from four different qualities of foam and can have several different layers of foam, if you wish, after discussing your particular requirements with the company in question. You might want an orthopedic memory foam mattress, for example, and the company who makes them can advise you more specifically on what your options are.
Overall, there are many different kinds of mattress types from which to choose; as part of your decision-making process, the details of the warranty might be a deciding factor. Some companies will offer a full lifetime warranty, for instance, while others will allow you to extend the warranty for an extra fee. Make sure you read the small print because not all warranties are the same. Some will only cover the structural integrity of the innerspring core, while others may refuse to admit your claim if there is any stain on any part of the mattress. In any case, there’s not much that can go wrong with a mattress, so it’s not like buying a vehicle.
Finally, there’s the possibility of buying a mattress topper if your mattress is starting to sag or your back starts to need more support. This can help breathe new life into an existing mattress, saving you time and money.
- How to Choose a Mattress – Sleep.org
- How to Choose a Mattress – Sleep Foundation
- Choosing the Right Mattress: Making a Smart Investment – Johns Hopkins Medicine