Good night, sleep tight – Finding the Right Mattress
If your mattress sags, creaks, or gives you back pain, you’re not alone. A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation found that half of respondents with no reported medical conditions experiences sleep problems. That leaves the mattress as the main culprit for many of our sleep problems.
So, if your mattress sags or creaks, or you wake up with back pain, it may be time for a new one. After all, we spend a third of our lives sleeping in bed, why not compfrtably enjoy it?
Since searching for a mattress can be quite confusing, before you head off to purchase one, here are some important factors to consider.
Comfort: The best way to test the comfort level of a mattress is to actually lay down on it as if you were going to sleep for the evening.You will have to try out quite a few before you find the one that suits you best.
Support and Coil Count: This refers to the “softness” or “firmness” of a mattress. As you lay down to test a mattress, be aware of how it reacts to your body.A mattress that is too firm will not support your body evenly. It may also cause discomfort in your shoulders and
hips. Increased pressure on these parts of the body reduces blood circulation and can lead to a night of tossing and turning.
On the other hand, a mattress that is too soft will not keep the spine in proper alignment, causing your body to stiffen as it struggles to straighten your spine.
Ask about the “coil count” of the mattress and foundation (or box
spring). The higher the coil count, the more support it provides. Look for a coil configuration that is uniform throughout the mattress, especially in the center.The edges should be solid so that you don’t feel as if you’ll slide off when you sit down. Also, if you share a
bed with someone, make sure you both try out the mattress together. You should feel minimal tossing and turning
by your partner.
Durability: The average mattress should last eight to 10 years. The
foundation (or box spring) provides most of the durability. A mattress should be bought as a set with the box spring to ensure maximum durability in the foundation and inner filling. Also read the “illegal to remove” tag on the mattress. It provides valuable manufacturer and
Price: Shop around and you’ll see that mattresses range in price from very moderate to ver y expensive, depending on the type, brand and features desired. Don’t skimp and settle for a cheaper mattress if the one you really want costs a little more. It pays to save up and purchase the one that will give you the most comfort in getting a
good night’s sleep. Keep in mind, though, that price does not always
equate with quality. So shop around to get the most for your money.
It’s important to note that even if you buy the best mattress on the
market, it won’t be a cure-all for any pre-existing medical conditions or sleep disorders you may have, like sleep apnea or insomnia. If you have a serious medical condition or experience frequent back pain, it’s best to talk to your physician.
But for most people, a good mattress provides great comfort and relief after a long day. It conforms to your body so you can awake each morning feeling refreshed and energized. That’s a fact on
which we all can be rest assured.
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