How to choose a new mattress
Posted on July 12, 2011
When it comes to buying a new mattress, don’t just buy the latest or most expensive model. Here are some mattress selection tips for a better night’s sleep.
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, there’s no doubt — your mattress matters. But with so many options available — traditional coil, air, latex, and memory foam mattresses being some of the top contenders — buying a new one can be quite terrifying.
A super-expensive price tag or a new model doesn’t necessarily mean one mattress is better than another, say most experts. The right stuff, they say, should be firm enough to provide support to your back, neck, and legs, while still offering some cushion and recoil for comfort. It’s a delicate balance.
You will need a mattress that is firm enough to distribute your weight or you’ll wake up sore due to your shoulders sagging or your hips sinking. While, on the other hand, you don’t want to sleep on a board either.
Experts agree that firm is usually the best choice. Generally, people tend to be most comfortable on a firm mattress.
A mattress that allows you to relax while also supporting the normal S curve of the back comes highly recommended. This means you have to devote time actually testing various sleep surfaces before deciding.
A simple test: Lie on your side. If your shoulders and hips are sinking, if you feel your spine is not aligned, it’s probably too soft. If you feel pain and discomfort, it’s probably too firm.
It is also a good idea to shop as late in the day as possible. In the morning, when you’re perky, a lot of things feel good that wouldn’t later. Even then, buy your mattress from a store with a 30-day refund policy. That way you have time to really give it a chance.
Remember that “best” doesn’t necessarily mean “most expensive.”