How To Buy A MattressThe most importing thing you can do is lay down and try the mattress
You may think, duh, I’m going to sleep on it why wouldn’t I lay down? You will be surprised on how many people don’t lay down on it and just push on the top with their hands or sit on the side of the mattress and say they can tell. There are many layers in a mattress and just pushing down on the top you can only feel the first layer on the mattress and sitting on the side only lets you feel how good the edge support is. Please lay down and try them!
There Are Two Major Factors To Consider While Trying A New Mattress, Support And Comfort.
Support: You want the mattress to hold you in proper alignment from head to toe, so you don’t wake up with a back ache.
Comfort: You don’t want the mattress to cause pressure to your body, which causes tossing and turning, which means you wake up tired.
How To Test For Support In A Mattress
Many people think that support means firmness or softness. The firmer the mattress is the more supportive it is, but that is not true. Your body is not flat. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, your body has curves, so how would a hard flat surface give the most support? A mattress must come up to support the curves and arches of your body, similar to how a good shoe will have arch support.
When you lay on a mattress it should conform to your curves, hips and shoulders, to give you proper support. If a mattress is too firm your body will bow up and your will have hip and shoulder pain and possible numbing. If the mattress is soft you will hammock and you will have back pain. You want a mattress to give you perfect alignment.
Also, if you sleep in many different positions make sure to try the mattress in all the positions you sleep in.
The best way to test for support is to try putting your hand in the small of your back and see if it feels like the mattress is conforming to you. The best way is by looking at your aliment, have someone look at your body wile laying in your most popular sleeping position. A good mattress professional will look for aliment on every mattress you sleep on and will be able to help you look and what’s best for you.
Pocketed coils or quality foam mattresses are going to better support. When looking for a pocketed coil mattress the higher the coil count is the better the mattress will be for support and durability. For most people the minimum coil count I would recommend is around 800+ coils. For an all foam mattress the more the Gel Memory Foam/Memory Foam the better the mattress. Memory Foam Mattresses are very hard to know if you’re getting a stud or a dud. You can’t go off how thick the mattresses are because there are 6-inch mattresses with only one inch of memory foam and there are 16-inch mattresses that still only 1 inch of memory foam and there is a big difference in pricing. For more info on Support Systems click Here
How To Test For Comfort In A Mattress
The second factor in selecting the right mattress is comfort, or pressure relief. If a mattress is too hard, it can cause pressure to your body. This cuts off circulation and pinches nerves, ever wake up with a “pins and needles” feeling in your hand? This will also cause you to change positions frequently.
If you’re changing positions, you are disturbing your rem sleep cycle. This means you’ll wake up feeling like you got 4 hours of sleep even though you sleep 8. When you’re trying out the mattress, you should be able to lie in one position without moving around for at least a five minutes. If you can do that, you’ve found a good mattress.
Those are the two main criteria’s. If you find a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment which doesn’t cause pressure to your body, you’ve found a great mattress for you. To help fine-tune it from there are a few other things to consider.
Other Things To Consider Wile Laying Down
Motion: You don’t want to feel you partner getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or roles over. Try the mattress in the store with your partner, and have your partner switch positions while your back is turned to see how much motion you feel.
Separation: You also want to have your partner in the mattress with you to make sure you are getting the right size.
Temperature: Another issue some people have is heat retention of the mattress. If you are a warm sleeper nothing is going to fix that but there are some things that can help. While laying on the mattress pay attention to how hot or cold it feels to you and don’t fall for the gimmicks. if it does not feel cool to you it’s not going to help.
Edge Support: Most people sit on the edge of a mattress while getting ready for work or just getting ready for bed. So you want to sit on the edge of the mattress to make sure it supports you and wile laying down you want to move to the edge of the mattress and make sure you don’t feel like you are falling off.
- Try all different types of mattresses.
- You might have been told by someone that memory foam is awful, or you might have had one in the past that you hated. Everybody is different so something that someone else hates might be perfect for you. Also there are many different types of memory foam, latex, and innerspring mattress. Just because that last mattress you hated was wrong it doesn’t mean a different one made of memory foam will also not be the right one for you. Click here for info on each types of mattress
- Spend 3 to 5 minutes on each mattress in the beginning and look for comfort only. In the beginning you want to spend a few minutes on each mattress and focus only on comfort because that is the most important part in the beginning of sleep. If a mattress is not comfortable you won’t fall asleep and be able to find out if a mattress is right for you.
- Narrow down the mattresses as you try them. Keep 2 to 3 Mattresses in mind always think, did this feel better than the last one? If not, its out. If you try to remember every mattress you lay on you will go crazy.
- Don’t ask a lot of questions until you have decided on the final three. If you ask everything about every mattress you try, you will start to mix them all up with each other. I’m not saying not to ask any question, but keep it simple. Once you have your top three mattresses that is the best point to start asking for info about the mattress. Click here for some ideas on questions to ask
- Spend 15 to 30 minutes on your favorite three mattresses. You want to spend a good amount of time on your top mattress to decide what mattress is correct for you. At this point you need to narrow it down to one mattress so this can be the only mattress you remember form this store. You don’t want to have 2 or 3 beds from every store you’re trying to remember because again you will start to forget and merge different mattresses together and forget what mattress does what.
- Shop at 3 to 4 locations. After going to 2 to for location you will have seen everything out there and you will realize that all the big box retailers and furniture store have the same deals and sales. If you go to 7 to 10 different stores you will become what I like to call a mattress stopping zombie. You will be frustrated and more confused than when you started. You will have no idea what mattress is best for you because you have been to too many locations and tried too many mattresses.