If you are waking up feeling like you slept in a pretzel position all night, or you aren’t sleeping much at all, it may be time for a new mattress. If your bed appears to have hills and valleys that don’t disappear after you get up, it may be time for a new mattress. Here is how to find the best mattress for you, without emptying your bank account.
What vintage is your mattress?
If your mattress is more than eight years old, it is time to chuck it. The material composition begins to break down after this time. Dust, mold, and mites build up, to provoke your allergies. Your back is no longer being supported properly. Neither is your neck. Many of us furnished our first apartments with secondhand mattresses from grandma’s house. It was ok when we were nineteen, but we now need a good mattress for a good night’s sleep. When you replace your mattress, you should also be replacing your box spring. Wear and tear on this piece of furniture may not be as obvious, but it is there if it is close to a decade old. Also, the box spring you bought with the mattress was meant to be part of that particular set. It may not be designed to support your new mattress in the same way. Save yourself the frustration of problems down the road, and buy the matching sleep set.
More expensive doesn’t mean better
When it comes to choosing a mattress, you may be overwhelmed by the selection. There’s pillow top, memory foam, orthopedic….you may be tempted to just go for the most expensive one, in the hope that it will provide the best night’s sleep and support for your back. This isn’t necessarily the case. Comfort is subjective. We all have different body types and sleep styles. You need to take into consideration any allergies you may have, or sensitivity to chemicals. Read the labels and learn about the material composition of each mattress. You also need to consider your sleep partner’s comfort. Maybe you like a soft bed while he or she likes a firm one. You can both get what you want. Some mattresses allow you to ‘dial-in’ a firmness level that is different on each side. A memory foam mattresses can also mold to the body of the person who sleeps on it. Do your research and learn more about it.
Bigger isn’t better either
Pillow top and mile-high mattresses aren’t any better than traditional sleep sets. You aren’t The Princess and the Pea. It may also be difficult to move your new mattress up the staircase and into your bedroom. Take measurements before you buy. You might also consider a split box spring for this reason if you are purchasing Queen size or larger. In some cases, thicker mattresses will have more padding around the mattress coils. This construction may make the bed quieter, or give more support so that it doesn’t sag as quickly as traditional mattresses. You will likely pay more for a bigger, thicker, higher mattress so before you take your wallet out, try the traditional sized mattresses too. You might like them just as much. If the thicker mattress is meant to last a few years longer than the standard construction but it costs three times as much, check your math before you make your decision.
Try before you buy
You’ve seen those people lying on the mattresses in the store. Well, now you need to join them. Try out your favorite sleep position for about twenty minutes before investing in a mattress. Try flipping around a few times, as you would during sleep. If you feel any strain in the neck or lower back, the mattress may be too soft – or too firm! Many mattress shops will also give a money back sleep satisfaction guarantee for a period of up to 30 days. You are bound to go through a transition during the first week or so where you are adjusting to your new mattress. But if you are still feeling stiff and uncomfortable and not sleeping well after a few weeks, you might consider returning your mattress to the store and trying something different.
Buying a new mattress is like buying a new car. There are many different makes and models. You need to choose the best mattress that provides the most comfort while accommodating flipping and flopping during your dreams.
Amber Flynn works in a furniture store where it’s her job to know all about the pro’s and con’s of the different mattresses available today.