There are a lot of things we can do to make the most out of our sleep. However, when our bed starts to give us aches and pain, then it might be time for a new mattress. It can be daunting because mattresses are a big ticket purchase for your bedroom. It’s also a long-term commitment.
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A Must-Read Guide Before You Shop For A New Bed
Whatever bed we purchase will be with us for a very long time. Pick the right one, and our body, mind, and health will thank you us the next decade. If you would like more information, we write extensive guides and reviews at our website www.MySleepyFerret.com.
So what should we look out for when shopping for the right mattress? In this mini-guide, we examine three key considerations for choosing the best mattress for our sleep.
3 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Mattress
1. What is the length of the trial period?
If we haven’t found the right type of mattress yet, it’s important to choose a brand and company that offer a lengthy trial periods. A minimum of 30 days for trial can be expected. Having 4 weeks to break in a new bed can make a difference. The trial period gives you time for our body to adapt to a new sleeping surface and time to return the mattress if it isn’t right for us. Most mattresses purchased online come compressed in a box, so you might be wondering how returns work. You can read one documented experience of a curious shopper to get an idea of what to expect
and do for returns.
2. What type of mattress is best for me?
The biggest factor we found when it comes to sleeping well for the next decade is to choose a mattress with the right type of material suitable for you. To choose the right material does require some experience and experimentation, which is why having a lengthy trial period is important. But with dozens of mattresses to choose from, where should we start? Here are a few questions to help you get an idea of what you might like:
● Are you a fan of foam or springs?
● Do you enjoy the bounciness of innersprings?
● Do you prefer the contouring feelings of memory foam?
● Maybe you enjoy something in between the two like latex?
It can be difficult to suggest which is best for a person, so it’s up to us to take the initiative and sleep on several types of beds for a few days to get an idea of what we like and don’t like.
Here are the 5 types of mattresses, and a brief description of what to expect:
Memory foam mattress: The most popular of the five. This material is known for its pressure relieving properties and providing contouring support that conforms to the unique curves of your body. Memory foam also does an excellent job absorbing motion.
Innerspring mattress: The classical choice. Innersprings used to be designed with mesh coils, but have since evolved to the ever popular pocketed coils. Individually wrapped pocketed coils provide a more unique support, maximum bounce, and minimal motion transfer.
Latex mattress: A middle ground between memory foam and innerspring mattresses. Latex is a type of foam that provides a bouncy yet soft sleeping surface. It can be all natural or
Hybrid mattress: The best of two (or more) materials. Hybrid mattresses typically combine the pressure absorbing and contouring support of memory foam with the bounce of innerspring.
Air mattress: Great temporary bed for house guests or travels. I have heard of shoppers using air mattresses for post-surgery recovery. Keep in mind air beds are not made for long-term use.
3. Does the mattress have these important features?
Having spent thousands of hours researching mattresses and pillows, there are a few key features that stood out to us.
These features may not be a deal breaker, but they can definitely make our sleep a little better in the long run:
Edge support: Can be important for two-person size mattresses (queen and up). Edge support in its essence allows you to use the full width of your mattress. If you enjoy hanging off the side or have slid off your bed during your sleep, then this can be a deal maker or deal breaker. It also makes sitting on the side of your bed much more comfortable.
Thickness: By itself, the thickness of your mattress can be an indicator of overall firmness. Thicker mattresses can be slightly plusher in firmness than thinner ones, as they provide more
cushion to sink into. In conjunction with your mattress foundation, the total height of your bed makes climbing on and off comfortable. If you have arthritis or other physical conditions that might make it a chore to get on and off your bed, you may want to consider a mattress with the right thickness suitable for you.
Cooling features: Sleeping hot at night? A mattress infused with cooling gel, graphite, copper, or other cooling materials can help absorb and dissipate heat. A mattress that uses open cell construction in their foam or have airways can help better regulate the temperature by providing breathing space inside. A cover that can wick away moisture from your body can also be a nice plus, too.
Our Final Thoughts
There are dozens of mattresses engineered in unique ways to make for a great sleep. What’s important when we shop for a new mattress is to start with what has worked best for
you. As have covered in this guide, there are a few key considerations you should keep in mind when picking a new bed. Sufficient trial periods, the right material type, and some important
features can make the difference between a comfortable bed and an awful one.
Not all mattresses are made equal. Keeping an eye out on key considerations can help make your shopping experience much easier. We hope this guide helps!
This is a contributed post by Brian Ferret at MySleepyFerret.
Author Bio: Brian Ferret is a sleep enthusiast who enjoys a good bedtime story. He is on a mission to create awareness on the best practices for sleep. His goal is to educate others on
how they can sleep better so they can live better, healthier, and happier wakeful days. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook to learn how you can improve on your sleep.
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