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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.