Where to Buy a Mattress
Start your shopping process at a store that you know and trust. To find the mattress that best meets your personal preferences and needs, it is important to have an educated salesperson who can guide you through the many choices.
How to Buy a Mattress
How to Test a Mattress In-store
Once in the store, be sure to "test drive" your new mattress. If you have a coat on, take it off. Remove your shoes and lie down on several different models of mattresses in various positions, especially the position you usually sleep in. (Note: If you're a woman, it's best to go mattress-shopping in jeans or pants.) These few extra minutes of focusing on the "feel" of different mattress choices can save a lot of time and discomfort later. Partners should shop and test beds together. Try several different mattress comfort levels to insure your best selection.
Criteria for Evaluating a Mattress
Regardless of the type of sleep system you decide to purchase, always evaluate a mattress for:
- Comfort. Today's top quality mattress/foundation ensembles are built for superior comfort. Luxurious new cushioning materials and extra-soft surface treatments create a plusher, more comfortable feel. However, the core provides the needed support for your body. You'll sleep best on a mattress and foundation that offer you superior comfort as well as appropriate support. Trust your body to tell you which one feels best.
- Support. A good mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture. Pay special attention to your shoulders, hips and lower back - the heaviest parts of the body. If there's too little support, you can develop back pain. But if the mattress is too rigid for you, you can experience uncomfortable pressure.
- Durability. The quality of the materials used and how they're put together will determine how long a mattress and foundation will provide comfort and support.
- Space. Cramped quarters can turn sleeping into a nightly wrestling match. A healthy person moves anywhere from 40-60 times a night, including dozens of full body turns. You need freedom of motion while you sleep and to help you relax while getting to sleep. Make sure that your mattress gives you room to move around comfortably throughout the night.
The mattress that best addresses these needs is the mattress for you!