Most people do not have an idea that they need to change their existing mattresses. The salesman probably told them that the bed will last up to ten years. But there are several factors that affect the bed’s lifespan like the user’s weight, sleeping habits and environment.
There are some telltale signs that show that you really need a new bed. If you always wake up aching all over, you are constantly tossing and turning all night long, the spring coils are protruding and squeaking, you are developing rashes or you are sleeping better on another bed. Convinced that you need a new one? The next question is how do you choose the right mattress for you?
Shopping the Traditional Way
Although some may think shopping from store-to-store can be quite exhausting, that may be just how they want it. They want to feel or lay down the bed and actually see and compare different mattresses. This way they do not waste their time and pick one immediately that they believe is suitable to their taste. Just be reminded that you should not be rushed by other people around you to purchase when you are not ready.
Many people shop online because they can do it at the convenience of their own homes. They also have several options where you can choose from the best mattress brands you want. With online shopping, information is ready and available for you.
The downside of online shopping though is that you do not really get the “feel” of the product and that it becomes overwhelming because of so many options to choose from. However, many companies online offer a 90 day guarantee so that you can check the mattress and not worry that you bought the wrong one.
Base of the Mattress
Whether you are buying at a store or online, always remember to consider the base of the bed. If you are buying a full memory foam mattress, you must never use a bed base with slats. Since a full memory foam mattress is made from polyurethane, it is designed to come back to its original size, form and shape from top to bottom.
If your base has slats, the tendency is for the mattress to sink in. The best way is to get a bed with a flat base in this case.
Size of Your Mattress
Maybe you have already made mental notes of the right size of the bed that you want. However, have you thought about the doors, the hallways, stairways and your existing space where this bed will lead up to? Make sure that you would not have to knock down a door to fit in your new bed especially if you are going up a size.
Lie, Don’t Sit on It
You are out shopping and you are out of time. You try each bed by sitting on it. However, this is not the right way to do it for you may end up with a wrong bed. Many beds on display have pocket springs, if you sit on it you will sink in. The best way to try a mattress is by lying down across the bed in a straight position so that your weight is evenly distributed. This way you will know if the firmness or softness of the mattress is good.
Your Sleeping Position
Your sleeping habit matters a lot when buying a mattress. If you are a side sleeper you should opt for a foam or latex mattress or a soft foam mattress but make sure that it has the innersprings or built-in relief points so that your shoulders and hips will be supported in the right way.
For stomach-sleepers, a firm, air-filled mattress may be a good choice unlike with a memory foam mattress where you may feel smothered. For one that sleeps on his back, the alignment of the back is important. Look for something that has support in the middle of the mattress.
The Price Tag
One thing you must remember when looking for a mattress is not to buy it because of the price tag. Do not purchase a bed because it is cheap or it is on sale. Of course, you should always stay on your budget. However, if we are talking about extra cash in favor of great benefits from a good-purchased-mattress in the long run, then it is okay to splurge a little.
In the end, buying a pricier but better mattress will be more beneficial for you through better and more comfortable sleep, a long-lasting quality bed and better disposition every day after waking up rested and happy.
It is said that you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping on your bed. It is for this very same reason that you should consider having a better mattress if you need to change it. Give time to really look for a suitable mattress for you and your family as well. You may be surprised in the end on how a simple mattress change could be life changing for you.