Mattress shopping is not the time for impulse buys. A new mattress can run into the multi-thousands of dollars and will be bulky and awkward to move. Since you’ll also be spending up to a third of the next five to ten years asleep on one, it’s imperative to take the time to understand the mattress world and your own needs so you can feel great about your purchase.
According to the Huffington Post, a lousy mattress will affect your ability to sleep. For example, if you consistently feel hot or uncomfortable during the night, you’ll likely toss and turn a lot, which means you will experience unhealthy and disturbed sleep. You may wake up feeling sleep deprived, as though you’d barely slept the night before. There are many different effects of being sleep deprived, for example, if you don’t get enough sleep, your stress levels may rise significantly. About 21% of adults say they feel more stressed when they don’t get enough sleep.
Before buying a mattress, it’s crucial for you to find out what current issues you’re experiencing with your existing mattress.
- Do you find it difficult to fall asleep?
- Are you unable to stay asleep through the night?
- Do your arms and legs go numb or feel tingly as you sleep?
- Do you wake up feeling stiff and sore with back pains?
Maybe you experience a combination of the above. These are common symptoms of a bed that’s not right for you. Much like shoes and clothing, mattresses aren’t intended to be a “one size fits all” solution for every person. Individuals with back problems, like sciatic nerve issues or a curved spine, may benefit from a firm mattress, which can help align the spine to a neutral position. Additionally, a firm mattress can keep your whole body supported to prevent pressure and pain in your joints. However, others find a soft mattress more comfortable, as it can hug your curves and provide less strain on your arms and legs, which may prevent tingling sensations and numbness.
Once you have identified the need to replace your mattress, choosing one can be another story altogether. There are so many brands and types to choose from. In brief, some of the critical things to consider here are:
- Sleeping preference – Are you a side sleeper? Back sleeper? Stomach sleeper? This is an important consideration to make especially if sharing a bed.
- Type of mattress – Understand the different materials and choose which one suits you best (latex, spring, foam, or hybrid).
- Mattress firmness – This is a hot topic but provided you know the type of feel you most prefer, stick with that option. Firmness preference should be decided beforehand, based on previous experiences, decide on plush, medium or firm.
- Mattress size – Make sure you know your mattress size based on your bed’s dimensions.
- Trial period – Many manufacturers offer free in-home trials, some range from 30 nights, all the way up to 101 nights and more.
- Warranty – Warranty types and length can be a deciding factor for many people. Warranties are handy, and in this industry generally, range from 10-25 years.
- Returns and refunds – Refund and trial period policies can vary a great deal between companies and is critical in brand differentiation. Excellent customer service is essential, and so too is the initial ordering and returns process.
- Delivery type – Does the company provide a Bed In A Box solution or not? Is there a white glove service available? How about mattress removal? These are all genuine questions for real scenarios.
If you aren’t sure what type is best for your particular needs or health situation, you should read our mattress buying guide. We discuss further in-depth the materials and forms which are suitable for different requirements such as mattresses for heavy people, couples, back pain, and so on. Choosing the perfect mattress for your needs can not only save you money in the long run but also solve problems such as snoring, while also providing the best solution for aches and pains.
Lindsay is a contributor and the senior editor of all content posted on this site. She is in this role due to her somewhat unrivaled expertise through previous retail experience in the mattress and bedding industry.