Like a car dealership, mattress stores have dozens of models for you to choose from — everything from classic innerspring to memory foam — in a variety of colors, sizes, and prices.
So, how do you pick the perfect mattress for you? After all, buying a mattress is similar to buying a car in one other respect: You’ll be making a commitment of anywhere from 10 to 15 years to the mattress you select. Here’s some tips to help you select the perfect mattress:
Before you go shopping, do your homework. Research your options before you go mattress shopping. Figure out what size and type of mattress you want before you hit the stores. Not sure which mattress size or type are perfect for you? Think back to when you had a great night’s sleep at a friends house or even a hotel and use that as a place to begin your mattress search. Ask family members and friends what type of mattress they sleep on to get their input as well.
Consider where you’ll actually do your shopping. Tons of places sell mattresses — you’ll find them in furniture stores, warehouse stores, department stores and in specialty sleep shops. Choose a retailer that has a staff that can answer your questions and is responsive to your needs. Don’t hesitate to walk out if you are not getting the answers you need to help you make your purchase. Remember, buying a mattress is at least a decade long investment, so take your time when making your selection. Don’t forget to ask friends and family where they purchased their mattresses, either.
To go back to our car buying analogy, you wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, so don’t buy a mattress without test “sleeping” it, either. When you are out shopping for a mattress, wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can easily slip on and off. When you’ve found a mattress you like, take off your shoes and lie down on it for several minutes in positions that mimic how you sleep. Be sure to spend extra time in your favorite sleep position. Experts say it can take up to 15 minutes for your body to relax enough to feel the true support of the mattress your lying down on.
With these shopping tips in mind, now you’ve got to figure out which mattress will give you your perfect night’s sleep. As previously mentioned, there are literally dozens of mattress types to select from. No matter which style you select from, a mattress should give your spine a nice curvature and properly align your buttocks, shoulders, heels and head. More firm beds seem to be a better option for those who suffer lower back pain, but generally speaking one type of mattress isn’t really better than another. It all comes down to personal preference and budget.
Here’s a brief rundown on the various mattress types that are available for you to select from:
Innerspring mattresses are the most widely used mattresses on the market today. Inside an innerspring mattress you will find individually wrapped coil springs which support your body while sleeping. The coils can be topped with any number of materials, everything from pillow to memory foam. They range in firmness, fluffiness of the topping and price. Most people will find innerspring mattresses are very comfortable to sleep on, which is why they remain a popular bedding choice.
If you are a little overweight, you will find that innerspring mattresses are a bit firmer than other mattress types, making it easier for you to get in and out of bed. And, if you suffer from back pain you may find a firm innerspring mattress helps to lessen your pain.
Memory foam mattress are composed of layers of different densities of foam that respond to your weight and body temperature which means they contour to the shape of your body. If you suffer from back pain, you will find that memory foam mattresses can help reduce pressure points and pain and absorb movement. And, if you sleep with a partner you won’t be disturbed by his or her tossing and turning if you select a memory foam mattress..
Latex mattresses are made of natural or synthetic rubber and provide a firm, yet bouncy support that is uniform throughout your bed. You might find a latex mattress is your best bedding choice if you like a firm mattress with tons of support.
Air beds look just like your standard innerspring mattress, but use chambers filled with air instead of individually wrapped coils to support you while you sleep. If you sleep with a partner, each person can individually adjust the firmness of his or her side of the bed if you choose an air mattress, meaning that you will both get a good night’s sleep if you select an air bed.
Keep in mind that the best bed for you is the one that feels the most comfortable to you. And remember, to feel your best throughout the day, you need not only a comfortable mattress but enough sleep time.