The Best Guide to Buying a Mattress
Mattresses come in all prices from as little as a few hundred dollars to many hundreds of dollars. There is no shortage of brands and designs to choose from. But how can you be sure you are not throwing your money away? What might be ideal for you may be terrible for your sleeping partner. What the ad’s say about a particular brand may be quite different to how you experience sleeping on it. With so much money involved you need to make the right decisions before you buy. This Best Guide to Buying a Mattress breaks down five key decisions you will need to make before you make your purchase.
Five Key Decisions you will need to make before you buy
- Test Drive
- Trial Periods
- Buying on line
- Trusted Brands
Test Drive the Product
Don’t be shy when you are shopping for your new bed. Your sleeping surface is one of the most important products you’ll purchase and it has to last for many years. Most good department stores and bedding stores will allow you try out the product, not just once but many times before you make your mind up. Remember to take your outdoor clothes off before you lie down on the bed. Hopefully you will be wearing comfortable clothes because you need to try lying in different positions on many different models. Lie in the position you usually sleep and change positions as many times as possible. Not only do you need to be comfortable, you also need to be able to turn over easily. What does it feel like when you turn over? If you have a sleeping partner, are they with you when you test-drive your sleeping surface? How do they feel? Make sure neither of you are overly disturbed when the other turns over or gets out of bed. What does it feel like when you sit on the edge of the bed. Does it sink too much too much to floor or is it firm beneath you? You should lie on each bed for at least ten minutes.
Don’t be too quick to part with your money. Take your time and sleep on it. Most brands now offer a trial period of at least 30 nights. This will give you time to experience the sleeping surface to decide if it is right for you. If you have a sleeping partner this is especially important, so make sure they get to experience the trial period too. The trial period will allow you to make an accurate assessment of the product. Even if you have had a test drive, a trial assessment in the privacy of your own home is always better than feeling a little silly in a show room. Some brands offer 100 nights trial period so it worth shopping around if you think you may need longer to decide.
Warranties on bedding can be problematic. Some designs are guaranteed for 10 years, others for 20, but some have a very short warranty of only 5 years. You must check carefully when you purchase your product. A good tip is to assume that your mattress will not last the entire length of the guarantee so if you are looking at a design with only a five year warranty, perhaps you should think twice before you buy it. One of the reasons for assuming this is that beds get an enormous amount of wear and tear, especially if you have children. Beds become trampolines, eating areas and play dens. Whilst you want your sleeping surface to remain comfortable for as long as possible, most beds will lose some of its firmness over time. A good rule of thumb is that is your model is guaranteed for 10 years, expect it to last around 7 and half years before it starts to sag a little.
Shopping online can have its drawbacks and this is especially true when buying a product you will be sleeping on for years. There are advantages and disadvantages and you need to shop on reputable online sites with good recommendations.
- Hundreds of designs to choose from - You cannot try the product before you buy it
- Less expensive than products bought from a store - There may be no refunds if you are not satisfied
- You can review the products before you buy
- Companies who sell their own products will offer trial periods with
- free pickup if you are not satisfied.
Buy a Trusted Brand
It's worth saving up for a good quality product. Of course there are times when money is short or an unexpected house guest descends on you, but for your everyday use of a sleeping surface you need to ensure you are buying the best your money can afford, so shop carefully. With a quality design you will get value for money, the right recommendations, and the quality you asked for. A less expensive version could leave you with sleepless nights and aching bones.
How Your Sleeping Surface Affects Your Health
Most people have experienced sleeping in a bed that is uncomfortable. We wake up head-achy, irritable and nervy. But what is the best sleeping surface? Everyone sleeps in different positions, some people like firm surfaces, others like a softer design. Thus, finding a good night’s sleep can depend on a variety of factors. Even room temperature can affect out sleep. Personally, I have lower back problems so sleeping in a bed that is not comfortable for me, can make me a very grouchy bear in the morning. Most orthopaedic specialists will tell you that your sleeping surface needs to support your body and your spine should have a gentle curvature. Your body should be in perfect alignment. Too firm a surface will force your body out of alignment: too soft and you will not be properly supported. Many doctors believe that firmer beds are better for people with lower back pain. Getting a good night’s sleep contributes to good health. We wake up feeling refreshed and pain free which leads to less day-to-day stress.
Choosing the Best Product
Sleep your way to success. Don’t be shy to test the product before you buy. If the store seems reticent, visit a store that welcomes test drives. Trial your purchase before you buy. Many stores now offer a 100 night trail period. Online sites who manufacture their own products will offer a free 30 to 100 day trial period with a free pickup. Check your warranty has at least a ten year guarantee and remember that beds can take a bashing, especially if you have children jumping on them. Shopping online has several advantages, not least the fact that you don’t have to trudge around department stores. Always try to buy a trusted brand. A good night’s sleep can mean the difference between a successful day and a achy irritable day.