Hints to help you choose a mattress

December 17, 2014

Do you toss and turn all night? Can't get comfortable? A good night’s sleep is an important part of healthy living. If you aren’t waking up feeling well-rested, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. Here are a few tips to help you find the best mattress for you.

Hints to help you choose a mattress

Mattress types

All mattresses aren't made alike. What's more, they don't provide a one-type-fits-all solution.

  • Firm mattresses provide better support if you have a larger frame or sleep on your stomach.
  • Softer mattresses provide contouring support and are great for back and side sleepers.
  • Mid-firm mattresses are thought to benefit those who suffer from back and neck pain.

A mattress topper can also help you get the right support for the way you sleep. Similarly for:

Innerspring mattresses
To provide support and comfort, innerspring mattresses feature a series of coiled springs underneath a layer of foam and fibres. These types of mattresses are generally less expensive than memory foam mattresses.

Memory foam mattresses
Memory foam mattresses contour to your body and provide pressure-relieving comfort and support. Many people with neck and back problems prefer a memory foam mattress.

Inflatable mattresses
These lightweight mattresses make popular guest beds because they can be deflated and stored when not in use. High-tech versions are great for couples who enjoy the outdoors or go camping.

Latex mattresses
Made from rubber, latex mattresses are known for their bouncy firmness and uniform support.

Mattress sizes

The ideal mattress size will vary depending on the size of the room and the people using it. Dimensions listed below are approximate as mattress sizes can vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer.

  • Twin mattress (38" W x 74.5" L): Great for kids, dorm room or guest rooms.
  • Double mattress (53" W x 74.5" L): Provides a little more room to move with greater width than a twin mattress.
  • Queen mattress (60" W x 79.5" L): A great choice for guest rooms or master bedrooms.
  • King mattress (76" W x 79.5" L): A roomie design makes it perfect for couples.
  • California king mattress (72" W x 83.5"): Less width but more length makes it great for tall frames.

Before you buy a mattress

A mattress is an important purchase, which is why there are a few key things to think about before you get one.

  • Consider investing in a mattress cover to protect your mattress.
  • Make sure to test the mattress for firmness and comfort before you buy.
  • Look for mattress dealers that offer a 30-day return policy.
  • Read the warranty carefully. Some warranties require the use of a mattress cover to remain valid.
  • Deal with a knowledgeable mattress specialist.
  • Check online mattress reviews and consumer websites for advice and recommendations.

Considering that you spend almost a third of your life sleeping, it's no surprise that a comfortable bed is a big part of healthy living. Taking the time to consider your sleeping habits and special needs is important and will help you in determining which type of mattress is right for you.

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