We spend nearly 1/3 of our lives in bed. So choosing the proper mattress is one of the most important purchases you will ever make.
With that in mind, Kathi the Mattress lady has put together a few tips on selecting the perfect mattress for you and your sleeping partner.
Picking the perfect mattress….
When shopping for a mattress, be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can be easily removed. If you’ll be sharing the mattress with someone else, be sure to take them with you so you can test it out together. Not only to make sure that you both are on board with the purchase, but many mattresses feel very different when another person is sharing it with you.
Know your budget and try to select the best quality mattress you can afford. You really do get what you pay for. That being said, be sure you are shopping at a store that you know and trust.
Test the mattress with your partner for at least 10 minutes and make sure that the mattress is on top box springs and a frame that mimics the conditions you might have at home.
Look for that largest mattress that your room can hold and that you can afford. Even a single person needs room to roll around and research shows that even the healthiest of sleepers can move from 40-60 times a night. So picking a mattress that’s big enough for all that activity is crucial.
NOTE: Not only are King and Queen sized beds wider, they are also several inches longer than standard full or twin sized mattresses.
The first rule in making sure a mattress will last is to ensure that you have a solid foundation. This usually means a good quality foundation that does not sag. If you have a queen sized bed our larger, make sure your frame has a center support. This will often be the difference in a warranty claim.
Also make sure that your mattress has edges that are solid and resilient with corners that have weight and substance. A perimeter edge support help maintain the integrity of the sides when you are sitting on the edge of the bed.
A good mattress shouldn’t wobble, creak or otherwise make noise when you shift your weight. Also keep in mind that a warranty says nothing about how long you should keep your mattress, it’s merely there to protect you from product defects. Just because your mattress is still usable after several years, it may not be giving you the good night’s sleep you require and deserve.
Soft vs Firm
One man’s soft is another man’s firm when it comes to mattresses. As such, it’s very important to test out a mattress before you buy it. Just because it says “firm” on the label, doesn’t mean it’s firm enough for you.
The best mattress and foundation set supports your body at all points and keeps your spine in alignment. Pay special attention to your shoulders, hips and lower back. If there’s insufficient support, you are at risk for back pain. However, a mattress that’s too firm can cause pressure points that also lead to discomfort. Again, there is no universal definition of firm, so don’t trust the labels…try it out for yourself.