Mattresses are like people; they come in all shapes and sizes. Not every mattress will be your perfect platform for sleep, but everybody has an ideal match out there. Finding the right one is the real task. Once you have found the mattress for you, everything will fall into place.
As with your car, and the sofa in your living room, a mattress is used by most of us every day. For this reason it is one of the most important investments we will make. That’s why it should be an educated purchase. Here are some steps that everybody should take on their way to finding the mattress of their dreams:
There are so many mattresses on the market, it’s enough to make you feel the need for an hour’s nap. But fear not, with the right planning and preparation, you can be equipped with the right information before you begin browsing.
Take a look online to get a feeling for the different types of mattresses on the market. Are you more interested in memory foam, innerspring, pocket spring or interior spring? Develop an understanding of the typical mattresses on the market.
Getting a new mattress is like shopping for a car. I researched all the different types, but it’s still hard to pick one.
— DarthYoc (@DarthYoc) October 26, 2014
Doctors should not be considered as sleep experts, but if you have ever experienced a back problem or any other symptoms associated with a medical condition, you might want to seek your chiropractor’s specialist advice in terms of whether a mattress can have an impact. A well-worn theory is that a firm mattress is better for those who experience lower back pain. This is not always the case, and research has revealed that mattresses of medium softness can be ideal for those with the condition. But in essence, the most important factor should be your personal inclination.
There are a number of elements to consider when deciding on the size of your mattress. Who is sleeping in the bed, and what are their space requirements? If you are buying for a couple, it is wise to take into account the transfer of movement across the mattress – does each person have adequate sleeping room? Room size should also be a factor in the measuring process, while bed steads or antique bed frames also pose a few questions. Many of these traditional beds are made to imperial British measurements rather than the metric system to which most mattresses are made today. All this means a bespoke mattress, harmonised in size with your bed frame and room, is the best option.
… Literally. There are many different ranges of adjustable beds and mattresses on the market at the moment. Each has a different mechanism for allowing you to feel as comfortable as you can in bed. Whether reading, having breakfast in bed, or ready for a deep sleep; today’s mattresses allow us to adjust our positioning according to what we are doing.
So after last nights minor pint of tea poured into the bed incident, looks like I’m going to need a new mattress protector, a tea-proof one!
— Abbi Edwards (@AbbiEdwards) October 18, 2013
Happy with your mattress and nearly ready to buy? You might want to see if your mattress of choice has a warranty attached to it.
Most warranties stretch up to 5 years, which is around the time you might begin to look at buying a new mattress. For anyone that has been sleeping on a mattress for 8-10 years already, it would be wise to start thinking about a replacement.
Do your bedtimes sometimes involve a glass of red wine, or do you find it difficult rising without the help of a black coffee? Either way you are putting your mattress in the firing line of various different stains, some of them tough to remove!
Protect your mattress and your investment by buying a mattress protector, many of which are waterproof. There is no better way to ensure your mattress remains pristine over the coming weeks, months and years.