Make Your Dreams Sweet: This Is How to Choose the Right Mattress Firmness

It’s been reported that 70 percent of Americans don’t get quality sleep at least one night a month and 50-70 million people have sleep-related issues. That’s not good because sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, mood swings, a low libido, high blood pressure, and a myriad of other health-related issues.

What does this have to do with mattress firmness? Well, one survey revealed that 90 percent of individuals understand that the quality of their mattress plays a role in the kind of rest that they get every night. That’s why it’s imperative to treat your bedroom mattress as a necessary investment.

But what do you do if you don’t know how to choose a mattress? If you need a few mattress buying tips so that you can feel confident about your next mattress purchase, please read on.

Signs You Need a New (or Better) Mattress

Before getting into how to choose the best mattress, let’s first discuss some signs that you have a low-quality one or that it’s time to buy a new mattress. First, it’s a good idea to get a new mattress every 6-8 years. Signs that it’s time to replace the one you have include:

  • You constantly feel hot in your bed
  • Your mattress is sagging
  • It doesn’t support your body
  • Your mattress makes noise
  • Your mattress contains dust mites or a build-up of allergens
  • You wake up with aches and pains
  • You don’t feel well-rested

If any of these things are happening, it’s time to get yourself a new mattress. And while mattress firmness is essential, there are different types of mattress firmnesses to choose from. That’s why you should factor in a few things when you’re implementing mattress buying tips.

Hard vs Soft Mattress: Which One Is Better?

When it comes to mattress firmness, it’s important to know the pros and cons of hard and soft mattresses.

Hard mattresses:

  • Provide less stress and strain on your bones and muscles
  • Increase blood circulation throughout your body
  • Helps you to maintain the right posture while you sleep
  • Offers maximum support
  • Is ideal for back and stomach sleepers
  • May not be as comfortable as you would like
  • Can increase pain levels in people who have back problems related to arthritis and scoliosis

Soft Mattresses:

  • Can provide relief to those with lower back pain issues
  • Can help with hip alignment if you suffer from hip pain
  • Is more comfortable for light sleepers
  • Is ideal for side sleepers
  • Doesn’t support spine alignment well
  • Isn’t the best option for couples or people who are heavier in size
  • Tends to be more expensive than hard/firm mattresses

As you can see from the list provided for hard and soft mattresses, your personal preference and lifestyle play a role in selecting the mattress firmness that’s best for you. Now let’s look at some different types of mattresses. It will help you narrow down your options even more.

Adjustable Airbed

Adjustable airbed mattresses are becoming a fan favorite. That’s because you can use air to change the chambers and customize your comfort levels. This means if you want extreme mattress firmness one night and a softer bed the next, you can make that happen.

If you experience aches and pains often and you want to adjust the firmness of your bed, this is the mattress that you want. However, if you prefer consistent firmness, you don’t want to deal with any noise, or you can’t afford to spend at least $1,500 on a mattress, you should consider another mattress type.

Hybrid: A Great Mixture When It Comes to Mattress Firmness

Hybrid mattresses combine foam and pocket springs into one. This allows you to have the benefits of a memory foam and pocket coils all in one.

When compared to innerspring mattresses, hybrids are softer and quieter. When compared to memory foam, they are firmer and bouncier.

If you’re looking for a mattress that contours to your body, regulates your body temperature, and reduces motion transfer, a hybrid is ideal. If you want to avoid a mattress that is heavy, expensive, and traps in more heat than innerspring or latex ones do, you should keep searching.


You can’t discuss how to choose mattress firmness without mentioning innerspring mattresses. They’re comprised of a metal coil system.

The benefits of this mattress include it’s a firmer mattress that offers consistent comfort. Innerspring mattresses also come in a range of price points if you’re on a strict budget.

On the flip side, these mattresses don’t eliminate motion transfer. It’s not uncommon to feel the springs if you’re a heavier side. They also aren’t the easiest mattress to clean.


If you’re eco-friendly, you might prefer a latex mattress. That’s because it’s made from the sap of rubber trees instead of petroleum products. Latex mattresses are also biodegradable and can last for over a decade.

Another bonus is latex mattresses are naturally antimicrobial. This is great for people with allergies because it keeps allergens at bay. The smell does take some getting used to and they’re not the cheapest mattresses.

As far as mattress firmness goes, latex mattresses are firmer than memory foam ones are. There are some that are less firm — and even soft — though. Check with various mattress companies to see what’s available.

Memory Foam

A type of mattress that’s popular is memory foam. People like how comfortable it is and that it relieves pressure from their body.

Memory foam is also great because it reduces back and neck pain as well as chronic respiratory issues. It’s also a mattress that is quiet, requires little maintenance, and is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.

The challenge with this mattress is it traps in body heat, can trap in odors over time (if not aired out properly), and they are on the pricier side. Oh, and it’s softer than most firm mattresses. That makes it a great choice if softness is what you’re after.

Let Us Help You with How to Choose a Mattress

Now you know more about what mattress firmness is and the types of mattress firmness that are available. If you’re interested in purchasing the perfect mattress, we’d be happy to assist you.

Give us a call at 855-377-6669 or send an email to We will help you to find a store in your area so that you can be on your way to the best sleep you’ve had in years!

King for a Queen Beautyrest Sale

Now through October 17, 2016, Beautyrest is running the King for a Queen Mattress Sale.  What does this mean for you?

  • All KING Hybrid, World Class, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrids will be sold for the QUEEN price.
  • All QUEEN Hybrid, World Class, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrids will be sold for the FULL price.
  • All FULL Hybrid, World Class, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrids will be sold for the TWIN price.
  • All TWIN XL Hybrid, World Class, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrids will be sold for the TWIN price.

What’s even better?  We still have some of those beds on sale from Labor Day!  And Columbus Day is coming up!

Some of the options in the store are:

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Beautyrest Platinum Fandango








Beautyrest Hybrid Lester







This promotion has a FIRM end date, so make sure that you come in to check out the options before October 17th.

How to Buy a Mattress

I’ve written blogs on how to buy a mattress before, and I’m going to do it again.  Choosing a new mattress is not a light decision, you’re going to spend eight hours in it a night (hopefully), for about the next ten years.  That’s 29,200 hours in this mattress.  It’s longer than you spend in any other place, or with any other home furnishing.  It had better be comfortable.

ShowroomThings have changed a lot since you last bought a mattress.  Here are a few changes that you should be aware of before you go out shopping:

  • Surprise…they are one-sided now.  That’s right, no flipping.  No, they didn’t just cut the bottom half off, the support of these new one-sided mattresses is actually better than the old two-sided ones, and they last just as long, if not longer.  Just less effort for you.  Really.
  • Manufacturers are now putting memory foam, latex, and gel into mattresses.  This is GREAT, because they offer more pressure relief, durability, and comfort.  Mattresses with gel can also keep you cooler throughout the night.
  • Prepare yourself, you’re not going to pay the same amount that you paid ten years ago.  If you compare the inflation of gas, you paid $2.01 for a gallon then, and about $3.39 a gallon today.  By this same increase, if you paid $800 for your bed ten years ago, the same quality bed will be $1349.

It’s really easy to get confused with all of the new technology out there, as well as all the different brands and models.  Some tips:

  • Don’t try out all of the beds in the showroom.  That’s why there is a salesperson who is (hopefully) versed in all sorts of useful information about the beds that they carry.  They should be able to skillfully navigate you through the store and eliminate beds in groups depending on your comfort preferences, body type, and medical/pain issues.  If the salesperson isn’t helpful, go to a different store.  You’re going to need help on this one.
  • Make sure that you try out all of the different types of mattresses: memory foam, latex, air, and innerspring.  Just because your neighbor bought a memory foam bed and hated it doesn’t mean that you will too.  Don’t limit yourself.
  • Different brands have different features, some of which may be important to you, some which may not be.  Don’t get hung up on a certain brand or manufacturer.  Remember that every manufacturer makes a great top of the line mattress, and every manufacturer also makes a not so good bargain mattress.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • If you’re trying to compare two different brands, don’t concern yourself about the coil counts.  There are so many different types of coil systems, different thicknesses of wire, and different support profiles that you can’t compare this way.  You CAN compare foam density, edge support, warranty, and height.
  • Feel free to go to more than one store, but don’t expect to price shop that much.  Each store will have a different variety of manufacturers and models, you won’t find much the same from store to store.
  • Don’t put too much stock in customer reviews.  The problem with beds is that everyone’s body is different and need different types of support.  The same way that not everyone fits into or looks good in a size small purple shirt, different bodies need different feels and comfort levels. Most reviews are because someone made the wrong decision with their purchase, not because the mattress is not fit for anyone to sleep on.

The biggest piece of advice that I have?  Don’t overthink your selection, it will make you crazy.  Purchase the mattress that feels the best to you after laying on it for about thirty minutes in your normal sleep position.  Buy the most expensive bed that you can afford, there really is a difference.  Stores will usually negotiate, so try for a great deal.  After you purchase, give your body at least two to three weeks to adjust to the new mattress before you decide if you like it or not.

Remember, the purpose is to go mattress shopping to find the most comfortable bed that you can that will offer you the best support.  Don’t worry about all the bells and whistles, the coil counts, the foam layers, the reviews, or what your mom says.  Get what you feel is the best fit for your body, at the best price possible.

Discount Mattress — End of the Year Sales

Discount MattressOk, I know that I’ve been MIA for a few months…having a baby during the holidays will do that to you.  But anyhow, I’m back, and ready to go.  My first order of business?  To let you know how to save money and sleep better.

Mattresses are expensive.  Worth it, but expensive.  Here are a few deals at Dr Snooze right now, if you’re in the market for feeling better when you wake up, and being more comfortable when you lay down:

  1. It’s the end of the year, which means that new models are coming out soon.  This is GREAT for you, because retailers will be winding down their inventory, getting rid of items that are taking up valuable space, and will be selling off floor samples of old models.  You can get AWESOME deals on brand new products with warranties, and you can also get SPECTACULAR deals on floor models.  While these are sold without warranties, they are often 60-70{d066f20f781a5b527d275b31e1f8758c7870657f3e5775941a299b25a4f5af5a} off.  Obviously, floor models need to be purchased at the store, while clearance items are available both in-store and online.
  2. For Cadence Bank customers, Dr Snooze is part of the BuzzPoints program.  We are offering 3x points, as well as 20{d066f20f781a5b527d275b31e1f8758c7870657f3e5775941a299b25a4f5af5a} off now through December 31, 2013.  This deal is valid in store and online, as long as you use your Cadence Bank Checkcard.  3x points is huge, considering that most mattress purchases are around $500-$800, which translates into 1500-2400 points.  Think of what you can get with those…
  3. 0{d066f20f781a5b527d275b31e1f8758c7870657f3e5775941a299b25a4f5af5a} No Credit Check Financing is always available at Dr Snooze, but now is the best time to use it.  Why?  Because you can pay it off when you get your tax refund back!  If you file your taxes at the end of January, you’ll have your refund by mid-February, and your 0{d066f20f781a5b527d275b31e1f8758c7870657f3e5775941a299b25a4f5af5a} financing period won’t be over until mid March!  Sleep well now, pay discount mattresswith your refund later!
  4. As always, we have the best prices online for Beautyrest, BeautySleep, and Comforpedic beds.  Guaranteed.  Just add the product to your cart to check out the final savings price.  It can’t be beat, believe me.

Make it your New Year’s Resolution to sleep better, and feel better.  Save some money and treat yourself to a great new discount mattress from Dr Snooze!