How do you pick just one? That’s what makes mattress shopping so overwhelming. You only need one. It’s not like buying shirts when you can afford to get one in every color.
Here’s what you need to know to pick the best mattress for you.
- It’s an Investment
While it may seem different, a mattress falls into the category of being a major purchase like a household appliance or a car. Given the benefits of a great night’s sleep and how not sleeping affects your health and wellness, a mattress may be an even more important purchase.
A mattress is an investment that may last for 10 to 15 years and you will spend a third of your life asleep. A comfortable supportive bed can help alleviate joint and back pain, discomfort, stiffness, persistent allergies, headaches, sleep apnea and more.
Thus, it may be worthwhile to spend a bit more to get a higher quality mattress that will hold up for many years.
- Standing the Test
There are a variety of different designs, types and innovations available in memory foam mattresses. As a basic guideline, you may want to opt for a mattress that has a tested performance history and many happy customers. The latest, greatest mattress that is being heavily marketed by a retailer may not actually be the greatest.
And don’t fall for the most recent innovation. Although the mattress industry has come a long way, older designs and materials can still offer a high level of durability, comfort and support.
- Firm or Soft?
You may already know the answer to the question of soft or firm. If you don’t, lay on as many different mattresses as you can. Take note of the mattress when you stay in a hotel or at a friend’s house. Visit a store and lay on mattresses with different comfort ratings.
As you shop, keep in mind that firmer mattresses may not cradle your body the way softer ones do. A mattress that doesn’t give puts pressure on your joints and leaves the curve of your back unsupported. You may also wake up uncomfortable during the night or feel stiff in the morning.
A mattress that is too soft can also be rough on your body. A soft mattress lacks a solid core to support your weight, causing your muscles to compensate and work hard to keep your body in alignment instead of relaxing. That’s how a soft bed can make you wake up feeling achy too.
The trick is to find a happy medium and avoid extremes. Look for a bed that isn’t too firm or too soft. If you have back pain that may be alleviated by a firmer bed, you can still look for a mattress that has underlying support and softer, more comfortable top layers.
- Think Ahead
When finding that happy medium, you may want to consider how your mattress will wear. Mattresses gradually lose support, even after a year, and become less firm. If you like a really firm bed, you may want to buy a mattress that is a bit firmer than you prefer to ensure a firmer bed for a greater period of time.
Lower quality mattresses also tend to wear quicker. If you decide a less expensive mattress is right for you, pick a firmer one again to lessen the impacts of wear.