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How Do I Know Which Mattress Is Best For Me?

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The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 47 million Americans are not getting adequate sleep. Lack of sleep can contribute to behavioral problems, productivity problems, lack of healing, immune deficiencies, and risk of injuries. A simple way to find the right mattress is to use this guide before selecting. A good mattress can improve the quality of life, help reduce stress, lessen pain and stiffness, increase alertness, and can improve your overall outlook of life during your waking hours.

Step 1

Consider your size "weight & height", and the size of other people who will be sleeping in the same bed. According to the Better Sleep Council, "Choose a mattress that offers plenty of room, so you don't feel cramped, insufficient room can lead to poor quality sleep." Ask yourself is it time to upgrade? Are the kids and pets joining you in bed? Maybe its time to rethink the size of mattress you are sleeping on? A queen or king-sized mattress is a good choice if you sleep with a partner, because it is both wider and longer than twin or double-sized mattress.

Step 2

Acknowledge areas where you experience pain after a night's sleep. Not only is it important to understand where your pain and stiffness is coming from, its important to investigate why? Is it due to insufficient support in areas you need it the most? According to the Grand Junction Sentinel website, the lumbar region bears the stress of bending, stooping and lifting, so it is one of the most common pain areas. If you experience pain in this area, choose a mattress that offers support without being too hard. A great option is gel memory foam in this instance. Memory Foam generally helps reduce pain and discomfort, while gel help keep the surface of the mattress cooler while you sleep.

Traditional sleep surfaces with springs offer convention support. However springs always push back while memory foam contours to the body. No longer do the numbers of coils matter. Its important to choose a mattress thats not too soft, shoot to find a mattress thats slightly firmer than you can bare, the reason is that all mattresses go through a period of break in. If you choose too-soft a mattress, the break in period may not match your true sleep needs and necessary support.

Step 3

Try out several mattresses before making your choice. Try out a few different technologies, even if you have heard positive or negative from peers, chances are they weren't looking at a total solution, and could have only shopped on price only. Do not shop on price only, this is where the horror stories start and where negative experiences begin. Shopping on price alone is a horrible way to purchase a mattress which usually ends in unhappiness. In this situation it would be your fault if you are not happy, and not the sales person, since you were shopping on price only. One manufacturer's "firm" mattress may be harder than another's "extra firm" model, so it is important to actually lie down on each mattress to assess its firmness and comfort level. Firmer mattresses are typically for stomach and back sleepers. Plush mattress are typically form combination sleepers of side and back. Pillow tops and soft mattresses are typically for side sleepers.

Step 4

Look for a balance of "comfort, durability and cost" that fit your budget. High-quality mattresses are designed to last 10 years or longer, but they are considerably more expensive than "bargain" mattresses. Decide on a realistic budget, and then look for the most durable mattress you can find for the money. This will help prevent you from having to buy another mattress in a few years. Also you may find a wholesaler, look to buy the best they have available, this way you are at least purchasing something quality even if you save 40-80% off retail, if you choose the best they have, you are head and shoulders better off than buy an entry level model at any store. Buying the entry level model or one close to it, is an easy way not to be satisfied with your purchase. If you do buy the entry level model or a low end model, realize you choose price only, it is only a temporary solution. Any temporary or low priced mattress should be deemed as such. Consumers should realize that you get what you pay for, for this reason, something as person as a mattress you should get something you can enjoy, you are spending 1/3 of your life in bed. Of course many consumers spend so much money on things that do not directly impact their health. Consumers must realize that a mattress directly impacts your health.


  • Choose the best mattress you can afford. You will use your bed more than any other item in your home, including your television and car, so it is important to buy a good quality mattress. Although you can sometimes find good deals on quality mattresses, "bargain" mattresses are often of poor quality, and will not last long. Look for a mattress that comes with a 10-year, non-prorated warranty, advises the Grand Junction Sentinel website.There are a few companies that you can get a non retail price and save huge. By testing mattresses at your local Mattress By Appointment you will have a opportunity to see prices and deals that are not available at retail stores. Realizing that the further you go up the line the saving escalates and helps you get more mattress for your dollar.