What to Look for in a Mattress

Buying a mattress involves more than just flopping down on the samples in the showroom to see how they feel. When selecting the mattress that's right for you, there are several important factors that will affect both the quality and the amount of sleep you get. If you take the time to select the right mattress and accessories, you should find yourself sleeping like a baby.

Information and patience are key when shopping for a new mattress. Make sure you take the time to try out different mattresses so you can find the one that"s right for you.

Selecting the right mattress can be a key to your overall health. If you feel stiff or out-of-sorts when you wake up in the morning, a sagging or inappropriate mattress may be the culprit. Mattress size, firmness, and design, as well as your choice of pillow and bed frame, all contribute to the quality of your sleep.

You spend over 2,500 hours a year sleeping, so it comes as no surprise that your choice of mattress can have a deep impact on your everyday life. Mattress technology has made great strides in recent years, and you now have a better selection of mattresses to choose from than the last time you went shopping for a mattress. If you're willing to spend the time necessary to do research and hold out for a mattress that meets your needs, you can find a mattress that's a perfect match for better sleep and improved all-around health.

The first thing to check when buying a mattress is the most fundamental and obvious: general comfort. This requires taking the plunge and lying down on the mattresses that you are considering, and taking the time to see how your body adjusts to them over a substantial amount of time. Depending on your personality, this may sound either tedious or fun, but you need at least five minutes on each mattress before your body can properly adjust to it and help you figure out if it's the right mattress for you.

The other major question in selecting a mattress is choosing between the two main categories: spring or foam. Spring mattresses contain coils (somewhere between 300 to 800 per mattress), which can take the form of either open or pocketed coil. Open coil or "open spring" mattresses possess exposed coils, and are the most common type of spring mattress. They have a wire or rod border that gives the mattress a firm edge, helps retain its shape, and prevents sagging. Pocket spring or pocketed coil mattresses are encased in fabric in order to help prevent movement of the individual coils and provide a more comfortable sleeping experience. They possess small springs that respond individually to respond to body weight. If a couple is sleeping in a bed, then this type of mattress is ideal for situations where there is a significant weight difference between you and your partner.

Since the firmness of your mattress is one of the key elements that will determine your comfort, the thickness or gauge of the coils in a particular mattress is important. A heavy gauge- and a lighter coil-will create a stiffer mattress, while a lighter gauge will create a springier mattress. Coils alsoreduce the motion of a mattress under a sleeper's body, so this type of mattress may be an especially good choice for restless sleepers or people suffering from insomnia.

Foam mattresses, on the other hand, are filled with layers of foam of different width and volume. The thickness of the foam affects how stiff the mattress will be. The best-known types of foam mattresses include tempurpedic, visco-elastic, or so-called "memory mattresses" which adjusts to your body temperature in order to provide a perfect "fit." Your body heat interacts with the foam in order to soften it, and the mattress re-moulds itself to your body"s contours while you sleep. Tempuredic and visco-elastic mattresses help to maintain correct posture and align the spine. They are hypo-allergenic and have anti-microbial properties, and they are therefore ideal for people who suffer from allergies or any type of skins sensitivities.

If your body needs something less conventional, you will find some excellent alternatives. You can even still buy a waterbed! Another option are air-chamber mattresses, which are filled with air. These air pressure can be changed at will until you find the exact firmness that suits you, and might be an excellent choice for a guest bedroom that may house different sleepers with different needs.

Many people are surprised to learn that their choice of mattress can have a profound affect on their day-to-day health. If you suffer from back or spine trouble, you should talk to a doctor about whether a firmer mattress might help. If you suffer from allergies, then you may want to consider new organic and natural material mattresses that are now on the market.

Finally, when shopping for a mattress, never forget that your sleep comfort will not depend on your mattress alone. You should also consider other components of your sleep space, such asyour bed frame, your mattress pad, your bed sheets, and your pillows. In particular, a box spring is an important complement to your mattress. A box spring and a good bed frame provide added support and extend the life of your mattress, preventing sagging and mold.

While the wide array of different manufacturers and price points in the mattress market may be confusing, there is actually little correlation between price and customer satisfaction. It"s a matter of individual needs and tastes, and the more time you spend trying out individual mattresses, the more likely you are to find the ideal mattress for you.

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