Getting a good night’s rest is critical to feeling good and functioning well (most of us should spend almost 1/3 of our day sleeping), so having the right mattress is very important.
It’s unfortunate then that most people put off shopping for a mattress until long after they really need one. They just “get by” with the one they have because shopping seems overwhelming.
We agree that there are a lot of options out there, and not everyone is appropriate for you, but the process can be fairly simple if you have the right information and plan ahead.
Some things to consider and tips to help you:
1. A bed or just a mattress?
If you’re re-designing your bedroom any time in the near future, decide how that will affect your mattress.
Will your furniture be changing? What will that mean for your mattress?
2. Will it fit?
It’s no fun to buy a mattress and then realize that it doesn’t fit your bed frame, or that you can’t get it into your bedroom!
- Know your room dimensions if you’re planning to upgrade to a larger bed and mattress.
- Even if a bed frame is labeled “king” or “queen”, it doesn’t guarantee that it will fit your new mattress, so measure!
- When a mattress is sitting in a bed frame there should not be more than an inch or so of extra space beyond the size of the mattress.
- Because a box spring isn’t flexible, you should measure to be certain it will fit up any stairs, around the corners, and into your bedroom.
This industry typically comes up with new technologies more often than most of us shop for a mattress, so it helps to have a basic understanding of the styles that are currently available:
- Innerspring: a more traditional type of mattress, typically incorporating a system of open coils or metal springs between padding.
- Encased spring: are innerspring beds where the springs are individually wrapped in fabric, allowing each spring to adjust independently to your body. Generally speaking, the more springs, the more support and comfort.
- Memory foam: are made of viscoelastic polyurethane and conform to the body to reduce pressure points and provide proper support. Many memory foam mattresses are also infused with Gel to further reduce pressure points.
- Hybrid: contain two technologies, typically memory foam for comfort and encased springs for back support.
Comfort is different for everyone, and the choice between firm, plush or pillow top really comes down to personal preference.
Try at least several different mattresses to help determine which comfort type works best for you. A good mattress should provide you with both support and comfort, and you can’t get one without the other.
5. How do you sleep?
Sleep position will be a big factor in determining which mattress will work for you.
Most of us know how we sleep but, if you don’t, pay attention to it prior to shopping. Once you know, a knowledgeable mattress specialist will be able to guide you in choosing the mattress that best fits your sleep position.
The Better Sleep Council has an interesting article on sleep positions that you may want to check out as well. You can find it here.
6. Put it to the test.
We’re not suggesting you shop in your pj’s, but wearing comfortable clothes and removing your shoes will give you a better feel for what’s a go and what’s a no.
Lay on the mattress you’re considering, with a pillow, in the position that you normally sleep in, for at least 10-15 minutes before deciding if it’s an option.
7. Buy the set.
Since mattresses and foundations are designed to work together, getting one without the other may reduce the comfort and support you receive. Plus, it might shorten the bed’s lifespan and possibly affect it’s warranty.
8. Keep it cool (or not).
Our core body temperature fluctuates during the night, and a mattress that breathes can help ensure a more consistent, comfortable sleeping temperature.
There are also breathable fabrics and foams that are structured to help dissipate heat.
9. Shop with your spouse.
If you sleep with a spouse, make sure to shop and test mattresses together.
Discuss your preferences and agree, or come to a compromise, on which choice is best.
10. Mattress delivery and removal.
If you’re replacing an existing mattress, you usually won’t need or want the old one, so check to see if removal is included with the delivery.
11. Rest well.
Once you’ve chosen the right mattress and had it delivered, all that’s left is to sleep and enjoy it!
At Schneiderman’s we have a broad range of price, comfort level, and style options as well as Sleep Zone specialists that are knowledgeable and ready to guide you in choosing the best comfort sleeping solution for you.
Stop in and shop today!