For a lot of people buying a new mattress is a lot like going to the dentist. You know you need to but you really don’t want to. It’s a big investment and while I can’t guarantee that following these tips will make it the most fun you’ve ever had these tips will help make the process and the buying decision easier.
1 – Ask Yourself Some Questions
- What you are currently sleeping on? Soft, Hard, Springs, Memory Foam, Just Plain Old?
- What size is it? Twin, Full, Queen, King, Twin Extra Long?
- What is your sleep position? Back, Side, Stomach, Gator Wrestler, Rotisserie?
2 – Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes
The only way to know for sure whether a mattress is right for you is to try it out. Be prepared to spend some quality time (experts recommend a minimum 15 minutes per mattress!) trying out different mattresses, so wear clothes that will let you lie comfortably and shoes that slip on and off. Pants or shorts are generally a better choice than skirts or dresses. Bonus Hint: Wear clean socks that have minimal wear and tear and leave the Batman utility belt at home.
3 – Shop with Your Partner
If you share the mattress with someone, you both need to be involved in the decision process. Support and comfort needs differ from person to person. Both of you need to be enjoying the sleep experience or there’s a good chance no one will.
5 – Set Aside Some Time For Testing
The idea here is to find a mattress that will support you so that your spine is in a straight line while you sleep. Remember the sleep position question? You need to try the mattress in the position you normally sleep in. You should also spend 5 minutes on your back and each side to make sure that you can comfortably spend a couple minutes without wanting to change positions. Pressure points indicate the mattress is not providing enough conformance, while a lack of support often shows itself with an ache in your lower back. In order to know if a mattress will work for you it’s going to take some time. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes in a store trying out a mattress.
You will spend nearly a third of your life unconscious. Wouldn’t it be great if that time was spent on a comfortable, supportive surface that actually allowed you to be better rested, restored and ready for that two-thirds of your life where all the living happens? Don’t settle for a mattress that doesn’t provide complete comfort. Come in prepared to ask questions and take your time until you find the mattress that’s just right for you.