4 Tips On Choosing A New Mattress
Mattresses seem like the types of items that will last us forever, but the reality is that they do not. Though there are ways to maintain your mattresses and prolong their wear-time to a certain degree, perhaps through rotating or flipping it anywhere from once every three months to once a year, nothing will make your mattress a permanent fixture. Mattresses absorb a lot: sweat, skin, and dust, to name a few. And we tend to not clean our mattresses, instead layering them with sheets. So, eventually, you'll need to start fresh with a brand new mattress. But what does this mean? Is there anything you can do to make your next mattress more comfortable and user-friendly than the last? Let's look into what you should consider when selecting your next mattress.
1. Your Sleep Style
Perhaps most importantly, you need to consider your own sleep style and that of your partner if you're going to be sharing a mattress with someone. Different mattresses for sale are going to suit different sleep styles. If you are a back sleeper, you're naturally going to put a lot of weight on your back, and therefore need a mattress that will support your back accordingly. This would require a medium-firm mattress, ideally one that would cradle the spine. As you may imagine, this means that a coil-spring mattress is not ideal for you, and you may want to look at Tempurpedic mattresses instead. A side sleeper benefits from these types of beds as well, as they need beds that will allow the shoulders and hips to sink into the mattress somewhat. Those who sleep on their stomachs will need firm beds for support, while those who change sleeping positions overnight will benefit most from memory foam mattresses as opposed to coil-spring mattresses, as this will better accommodate all of their different sleeping positions.
2. The Material
There are a lot of different mattress types, but too many people choose to use certain types of mattresses continuously without trying something different, simply because they're afraid to stray from what they know. But what they know may not be giving them the best night's sleep. Memory foam is generally valued due to its abilities to accommodate a lot of different sleeping positions and the way that it contours to the body's shape. On the other hand, a bouncy latex mattress will conform more to the outline of the body, versus its actual weight and structure. For those who enjoy that bounciness but don't find a latex mattress adequate, a hybrid bed has an innerspring core that is covered by foam layers, ultimately giving a kind of combination experience.
As we said, mattresses do tend to take a beating over the years. For that matter, they aren't exactly small investments. But as with anything, a mattress is often reflective of the investment you put into it. While you may be tempted to spend less on a mattress, that cheap mattress may ultimately have a shorter lifespan than a modern Tempurpedic. It will also be detrimental to your sleep, meaning that you'll not only likely have to replace the item sooner than you would like to; you'll also be getting fewer benefits than you would with the greater investment product.
4. Ask If You Can Test The Mattress
Again, you won't really know whether or not you like a mattress until you try it. Consider asking about any possible trial periods offered by the seller, as well as what the return policies are for your purchase. The last thing you want is to be saddled with an expensive product that you don't want.
Remember: this is what you'll be sleeping on for the long term. Don't choose too hastily!