Buying a new mattress is a big deal, especially if you’re not sleeping well, or it’s causing you aches and pain. Then it becomes an urgent matter. But it’s difficult to pick from the many different models and designs that are available. Do you sleep better on firm or soft surfaces? Are you on the memory foam train, or do you prefer the pocket coils?
Take some advice below, go test one in a store for a good amount of time, and make an educated and well-researched decision. After all, this is a purchase on which you’re going to be spending a lot of time.
How Do You Know When to Replace Your Mattress?
General information is that you should replace your mattress every 7-8 years, because it may not be giving you the support and comfort you need. You should definitely replace your mattress if it is sagging in the middle, there are any lumps, or the mattress is creaking at night.
What are the Main Mattress Types?
Know your mattress lingo!
Open-spring mattresses- Offers support from springs that are made from one long piece of wire. This is the most common type of mattress and usually the most affordable design.
Pocket-spring mattresses- These have springs that are individually encased inside fabric pockets. They are generally supportive types of mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses– These do not have springs. They are developed to mold to the shape of your body.
Test, Test, Test (and then test some more)!
Fifteen minutes should be the minimum amount of time you spending testing a mattress in the store. Get into your normal sleeping position, and if you share a bed, make sure both of you are testing it at the same time.
What about Support?
Spring mattresses usually come in firm, medium, or soft. The heavier a person is, the mattresses firmness should balance out one’s body weight. Try a softer mattress, if you are a lighter weight. It is always important to test every mattress you are considering, as the firmness factor is usually different from one manufacturer to another.
Memory Foam Mania
Mattresses made of memory foam are sensitive to heat and the foam molds to the shape of your body, in order to eliminate pressure points and provide a supportive night’s sleep.
Taking Care of Your Mattress
Turn over your mattress regularly to extend its mattress life. If you end up buying a mattress that is unable to be turned over, rotate it every few weeks so that the head end becomes the foot end.
Have you found the perfect mattress? What’s the style of mattress that is best for you? Let us know in the comments below!
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