After having a long day at work, tending to the household chores and children, or dealing with a week’s worth of midterms, getting a full night of rest sounds like a dream. The day-to-day activities we put ourselves through greatly affect our posture, the weight we put on our backs, and even our sleep patterns. If we are not careful when picking up objects and positioning our spine while sedentary, we can injure the very thing that lifts us out of bed.
What are some features to look for in a mattress?
The answer to this important question is dependent on the type of sleeper you are and the comfort level that works best for you. Some find a firmer mattress to be more relieving for their spine, especially if they are back-sleepers, whereas side-sleepers, for example, might do better with a foam mattress. The best way to tell if a mattress is just right for you is by trying it out in the store. It’s okay to spoil yourself like Goldilocks and find a mattress that's just right!
Take a few minutes to lie down on each mattress, changing between sleep positions to find the comfort level that suits your needs. Try the firmer and softer mattress first to see how both shape around your body, and make sure to look at the prices to find the mattress that best aligns with your budget. Then, work your way down until you find the mattress that’s perfect for you!
What types of mattresses are there?
There are six types of mattresses available in stores. There are mattresses made of memory foam, latex, and gel. Some mattresses are adjustable, filled with innersprings, or have a pillowtop for extra comfort. For those of you seeking a firmer mattress, consider one with innersprings or a pillowtop. If you prefer a softer mattress to sleep on, a mattress made of memory foam or latex will do the trick. Finally, consider an adjustable mattress if you experience sleep apnea to relieve the pressure, or a gel mattress if you get overheated at night to help regulate your body’s temperature. More details on each mattress can be found in one of our previous posts.
When is it time for a new mattress?
The recommended timeframe for purchasing a new mattress is usually seven to ten years. Any more than that and your mattress will have to tell you it’s time to end the relationship. The moment your body starts to ache, or you experience any kind of back or muscle pain, is the moment you’re ready for something new. Be sure to speak with a mattress specialist the next time you visit a furniture store to evaluate your options.
Having the perfect mattress is a necessity when you factor in your sleep quality. When it’s time to slide into the warm covers of the night, you’ll want a mattress that’s just right to give you the rest you need for a new day.