Buying a mattress can be very difficult and so confusing. If you're like most people, you may even have a fear of buying the wrong mattress or even paying too much. I'm here today to guide you through a few simple steps so you select the right mattress that's going to provide you a great night's sleep for many years to come.
Did you know that you should replace your mattress at least every 10 years? If you think about it, 1/3 of your life you spend sleeping in bed, and how you sleep will directly affect the other 2/3 of your life. When selecting a mattress, it's important not only to find a mattress that's going to be comfortable, but also one that's going to provide the proper support. What's the difference between comfort and support? Comfort is what you're going to feel when you first lie down on the bed and this is going to help you fall asleep. Support, on the other hand, is designed to keep your body in a neutral position and your spine in proper alignment, helping you stay asleep. Other than comfort and support, there are other factors that may be preventing you from getting a great night's sleep. Do you ever toss and turn in the middle of the night, or maybe it's your partner that's tossing and turning, waking you up? Do your hands and feet ever get numb? Do you ever wake up uncomfortable and overheated?
All of these are known as sleep disruptors, and it's preventing you from getting a great night's sleep. Today's mattresses have technology designed to address all of these problems. You have your standard inner spring mattress, which we're all familiar with, but today, memory foam has become very popular where there are no springs. It's all foam. There's also another technology known as hybrid. Hybrid mattresses utilize the inner spring like a standard mattress but they cover the top layer with memory foam.
Something you must also consider is the size of the mattress. Mattresses are available from twin to California king. A lot of people don't realize that when replacing the mattress, you should also replace the box spring. Box springs and mattresses are designed to work together as a set. Placing your mattress on an old box spring will definitely inhibit the performance and the longevity of your new mattress.
The pillow is really important to a good night's sleep. The pillow represents up to 30% of the support of your spine. Therefore, once you find the right pillow, make sure you use that pillow on every mattress that you test. Now that we've selected the proper pillow, let's turn all of our attention towards the mattress. As you're lying on the mattress in your sleep position, ask yourself, "Do I prefer this mattress to be firmer or more plush?" Mattresses today are available in a wide range of comfort levels. Once your mattress is delivered, understand, like a new pair of shoes, there will be an adjustment period. It's going to take time for your body to get adjusted to the mattress and the mattress to adjust to you.
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