A Womens Guide - How to Buy a Mattress
A Womens Guide - How to Buy a Mattress
If you answer yes to any of the following, it may be time for a new bed -
- You wake up tired or sore.
- Dips in your bed are like a hammock.
- You bought your mattress over 7 years.
If you're still reading you probably have a bed that is more than seven years old, which is the age The Better Sleep Council says a mattress stops giving the necessary support it should. After all, your body changes a lot in seven years, and your mattress should meet your needs. Even though you're probably dreading looking for a new bed, because you bought the last one, with the right information at hand though buying a mattress could be a pleasant shopping experience. Remember that more comfortable and restful nights await you.
What kind is the best mattress? (Whatever is best for you)
Like finding the perfect cocktail dress, getting feedback from friends is great about what they liked, but ultimately it has to fit your curves and your individual preferences. Remember that this is one of the most personal things you will ever buy. It has to work for you. It's all about your individual comfort. So do not limit your test. There is no "best mattress". The best way to find the perfect bed is to try models with different levels of firmness and find the one that is right for you. Read on to learn more about the different types of mattresses. All are designed to offer comfort and support. Just find one that feels good.
Traditional spring coil mattresses, the more traditional type of mattress set, utilizes an open metal coil spring system with layered upholstery on top for the comfort layers. When shopping, you may hear the term "coil count" in reference to quality support. In general, the higher the number, the more support, but you should also consider the "value of support". The overall quality of a mattress really depends on the design of the coils and quality level of the layers of padding used in combination.
Wrapped spring coil mattresses are a spring system with an advanced feature. Each coil is encased individually and wrapped in a cloth cover. The result is a group of individual coils that adjust independently to the body. Since motion is not transferred by these individual springs, if your bed partner tosses and turns, the movement won't interrupt your sleep cycle. For couples, this is a great option if they want a spring mattress with great motion separation.
Latex and memory foam mattresses are feature technologically advanced pressure-relieving materials that reduce pressure points and provide a proper support to align your body. Memory foam is temperature sensitive material that softens as it warms, so when your shoulders and hips press into the mattress, those points of pressure soften after heating slightly. Latex foam offers amazing resilience and contours to the shape of your body. Latex is available in several different comfort options.
Hybrid mattresses feature layers memory foam or latex on an inner spring system to provide a more traditional feel with the advantages from the pressure relieving qualities of Latex and memory foam. These beds give you comfort and support of two technologies and if you're not sure you want to buy an all-foam mattress, it is a good compromise.
Find your comfort zone
There are different levels of mattress firmness, such as firm, plush and pillow top. All of our mattresses provide excellent support. It is really about what your comfort preference is. Firm mattresses offer more resistance to pressure from the sleeping surface. Plush models use multiple layers of plush comfort to create a softer sleeping surface. Lastly, pillow top models use multiple layers of foam padding to create a very soft sleeping surface.
Knowledge is power - Before you shop, go online and research mattress brands and styles.
Consider a larger sleeping surface - The average person moves 40 to 60 times per night. Therefore, if you sleep with a partner you should consider a queen or king size bed to provide enough space for each of you to fit comfortably without disturbing each other's sleep cycle.
Shop with your partner - Yes, it could be difficult to get your partner off the couch for a day to shop for a nice mattress, but it is worthwhile. Both should test the mattress together and agree on the preferences or at least reach a compromise.
Take your time - You spend more hours in bed than anywhere else in your home. So do not make a hasty decision and feel sorry later when you're not happy with your mattress selection.
Usually you get what you pay for - You should not pay too much, but according to Consumer Reports a high quality innerspring mattress queen set costs around $1000.
Shop the sale - Mattress retailers are known for big discounts - especially around holidays and seasonal. So check your local newspapers for the most savings.
What mattress has great support? The number of coils reflects the amount of support a mattress may have. For example, a 300 coil unit mattress may have less support than a 700 coil unit. Also, for those of you sleeping with partner that tosses and turns often, the more coils, the better separation of motion. Not all coil systems are created equal, but the number of coils is still a good indicator of the level of support.
No need to flip - All major brand mattresses are now sold with a single side. These mattresses require less maintenance; they transfer less motion, have less overall warranty failures, and are able to sustain their comfort and support for a longer period of time.
Bad Back? - There are many mattresses that can help. Look for models specifically designed to help keep your spine in natural alignment during sleep as well as pressure relieving mattresses.
Buy the complete set - Mattresses and box springs are designed to work together. Getting one without the other can reduce the comfort life and support. The most popular warranty issues are due to improper support from the box spring and bed frame.
New mattresses are thicker now - Your old sheets may not fit all modern mattresses. Depths have changed from about seven inches to over 15 inches in some case, which means you may have to purchase sheets with deep-pocket corners.
Take your time testing - According to Consumer Reports, consumers should test the bed out for at least 15 minutes. A good salesperson will leave you alone when you do this.
Test drive a mattress for a night - If you want to try a bed for a night or two, you can stay in a number of hotels. Concierge desks will in almost all cases know what brand and types of mattresses their rooms have. Remember, the mattresses in hotel rooms or at a mattress store can be softer than a brand new one. They have been laid on after all.
Know the policies - Some retailers may let you return a mattress. Make sure you ask all the details on that. It can affect where you buy.
Be curious - Ask the seller how the mattress you want is different from others in the store. Also, if you want to buy, find out if the delivery of your new bed and remove of your old ones is included.
Some good tips for better sleep -
- Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool and clean.
- Prepare your mind and body for sleep: reading for pleasure, taking a hot bath, stretching and deep breathing exercises before bedtime are some good habits for better sleep.
- Limit the use of television or a computer in your room and turn the clock away from you.
- Establish a regular sleep schedule and do not sleep in. If you're still tired take a power nap in the mid-day.
- Avoid caffeine and sugary sweets after 2pm. We know it's hard, but it's still a recommended, good habit to start relaxing your mind and body in the early evening.