At Mattress For Less, if there’s one thing we know about, it’s sleeping. If you assume that the average person sleeps around 8 hours nightly, consider this. We spend approximately 25 years, or about one-third of our lives asleep. With a bad night’s sleep, you’re low-energy, cranky, and simple tasks become incredibly difficult. But with a good night’s sleep, you’ll receive a boost of energy and metabolism, improved mood, and all-around better health.
That’s all well and good, but the key to a good night’s sleep is a good mattress. Too soft and it feels like you’re laying on a giant marshmallow. Too hard and it’s like you’re spending the night on a two-by-four. When you see your next mattress sale, before whipping out the credit card, consider these 5 tips:
- If you have a health condition or you’re undergoing physical therapy, talk to your doctor and see what they recommend. They’re not sleep experts, but they’ll be able to provide solid advice.
- Firm mattresses aren’t always best for your back. Research has shown that a medium firm mattress is a great choice if you’re battling back pain.
- Just like a car, test-drive the mattress. Lay down for 10-15 minutes, and try to replicate your normal sleeping position. Don’t let the salesperson hurry you.
- If you’re not offered a comfort test, try it yourself. In the same brand quality and price point you’re looking at, try a firm, plush, and pillow-top. Lay on all three for 10-15 minutes at a time.
- Make sure your mattress not only has a minimum of a 10-year full-replacement warranty but also get a waterproof mattress protector. Stains and water damage will usually void the warranty.