A good mattress might not seem like such a big deal. We aren’t even awake during the time we interact with our mattresses anyway, right? It’s easy to feel this way about a piece of furniture that was once made with straw, horse hair and leaves. Yet mattresses have come a long way in the past century. A good mattress can change our moods and our ability to interact with the world. We spend at least eight hours a day with our mattresses. Don’t you want yours to be one that makes you feel good?
Why Mattresses Matter
A good night’s sleep is essential to the ways in which we live. Quality sleep can make you eat healthier and feel more rested. It can improve your mood, your physical abilities and your memory. Aside from eating balanced meals and exercising, a good night’s sleep is the one thing humans can get to improve their lives. Well-rested sleep can also attribute to the ways our bodies feel throughout the day. Women especially need a good mattress that can support the hips. A mattress can easily affect the quality of sleep. If a mattress doesn’t offer support in all the right places, you’ll end up unrested and sore throughout the day.
How to Know It’s Not True Love
How do you know if your mattress is right for you? The best way to tell is to judge your sleep quality. Are you sleeping at least eight hours every night? Are you consistently waking up in the middle of the night? Do you find it difficult to fall asleep? While the answers to these questions could be a resounding yes, you might not necessarily have issues with your mattress. How do you know your mattress is to blame and not a restless partner or too much caffeine consumption? Usually, mattress related sleep issues also come with physical problems, like lower back pain and headaches. If you find yourself needing to stretch a lot in the morning to feel like a normal human being, you might need to reconsider your mattress.
Choose a Firmness Type
How do you know what type of firmness your body needs? The best way to find out if you like a soft, medium or firm mattress is to Goldilocks it. Trying out a variety of firmness choices can help you decide what’s right for you. This means you’ll need to actually climb up on the mattresses and see how each one feels. The mattress should be comfortable for your body. There’s no set science to choosing a mattress. Whichever mattress is the most comfortable should be the mattress you choose. This means you need to resist the urge to be swayed by how a mattress looks. A thick mattress isn’t a better mattress. Try to choose on feel alone—not by sight.
Is Dual Comfort Worth It?
Pricey dual comfort mattresses are available for couples who need different firmness levels. Yet is the steep price tag of a dual mattress worth it? When it comes to you and your partner, you have two options: go with the dual comfort mattress, or buy two double or twin mattresses.
Innerspring Mattress: The Mattress of the Past?
Innersprings have been around for what feels like centuries. This is the most common type of mattress, and there are tons of innerspring mattresses on the market. They come in a variety of firmness and offer add-ons like pillow tops and memory foam tops (see next example). The innerspring could feel like your best friend or greatest enemy because there are so many to choose from. A great rule of thumb is to choose a mattress that is in the middle price range for an innerspring. The super cheap ones probably won’t offer much in the comfort department while the uber expensive ones won’t increase your quality of sleep by much more than the moderately price ones.
Memory Foam or No Memory Foam?
One of the most popular materials to enter the mattress marketplace over the past decade is memory foam. You can place a glass on your bed, jump up and down on the mattress and the glass won’t fall over! Meaning your partner can’t disturb your sleep with shifting and thrashing. Memory foam is available in many different price points, from cheap to expensive. These mattresses also mold to each person’s body; this gives your body more support in the places you need support most – like joints and neck areas. Yet many people complain that since the material forms to the body, the mattress can hold body heat in the bed easier. If you find yourself running cool at night, this type of mattress might be perfect for you.
Are You Allergic to Your Mattress?
Allergies are a big concern when it comes to mattresses. If you’re allergic to certain materials, you should keep an eye out for labels. Some mattresses are made of latex, which is a common allergen. Other materials could attract dust, mold, spores or other known allergens. Try to keep an eye out for mattresses that contain these materials. You can also opt for a hypoallergenic mattress that is specially made for people with allergies. Just be prepared for a price hike. What do you do if you can’t find a hypoallergenic mattress in your price range? Or, what if the most comfortable mattress is packed with allergens or allergen-attracting materials? You can always buy a hypoallergenic mattress pad and clean your mattress regularly to keep your allergies in check.
Kick Old Mattresses to the Curb
If you own a mattress that was made before 2007, you should get a new mattress. This probably goes without saying, but don’t buy an old mattress, either. The bed probably isn’t structurally sound enough to give you a good night’s sleep anymore. Plus, it probably doesn’t meet fire safety standards that were put in place in 2007. Meaning your mattress could easily catch on fire. It’s illegal to sell pre-2007 mattresses, so you probably won’t need to worry about flammable mattresses unless you’re buying your bed from a second-hand store or from a private seller.
Try Before You Buy
It’s extremely important to try your mattress before you buy it. This is the easiest way to know if the mattress is right for you and your body. Plan to spend at least 20 minutes trying out each mattress. Make a list of features you loved about your old mattress and a list of features you didn’t love. Tell the salesman the age of your last mattress as well as the make and model. The salesman should be able to give you the heads-up as to why your old mattress wasn’t right for you. Try to mimic your at-home sleeping conditions as much as possible in the store. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring your pillow. Your pillow might work well one your mattress at home but not on a new, firmer mattress. Plus, you don’t want to be caught dead using the pillows in the store, right?
Get Used to It
Have you ever spent the night at a friend’s house or a hotel and felt totally frustrated by the mattress? It’s too lumpy, too soft or too firm. Then after sleeping on your arch nemesis for a few days, you suddenly ease into the mattress. What was once a terrible night’s sleep can suddenly become the best sleep you’ve ever had. You’re even sad to leave at the end of your trip. Your body becomes used to your mattress. Sometimes it can take a while for this to happen. If you hate your mattress in the first week, don’t fret yet. Try to buy a mattress that has a 30-day money back guarantee. That way, you won’t need to feel like the “Princess and the Pea” to get a good night’s sleep. Attaining a good night’s sleep isn’t just a matter of comfort – it’s important to our survival. Make sure you get the best sleep possible from a mattress that fits the contours and shape of your body. Choosing a mattress might not seem like a big deal, yet it can affect the ways you interact with the world. From your mood to your diet to your physical stamina, sleep affects nearly every aspect of our lives.