The importance of choosing a mattress isn’t something that should be overlooked. A mattress is a purchase you’ll use every day — doing your research beforehand can help you make a more informed decision that will lead to a better night’s sleep. While the choice is a personal one in many ways, there are a few universal considerations every shopper should be aware of. Here’s a quick guide to buying a mattress that will deliver great sleep for years to come.
• Mattress types: Mattresses can be divided into three main categories: traditional innerspring, memory foam and latex. Innerspring mattresses are the most common — consumers will have a variety of options at various price points. Memory foam mattresses are gaining in popularity, particularly as newer-generation technology eliminates many of the issues, such as heat buildup, commonly experienced with older models. Latex mattresses are less popular and more expensive, but they offer a number of advantages, including excellent support for people with back or spine issues.
• Firmness levels: Most people, particularly side sleepers, prefer the softness a pillowtop or plush mattress offers. However, firmer mattresses have their benefits, as well — in addition to being less expensive, they are less conforming, which some people prefer.
• Mattress sizes: Mattresses are available in sizes ranging from twin to king. Before deciding on which size mattress to buy, consider whether or not you share the bed, the amount of space available in your room and whether your budget will permit you to upsize without sacrificing quality. If you are considering a non-standard size mattress, such as twin XL or California king, remember that accessories for them — including sheets and box springs — will be more difficult to find.
In an ideal world, we would simply choose the most comfortable mattress without worrying about the price. Sleep is so important to our health, happiness and energy levels that an investment in a quality mattress is worth it. Be realistic about how much you can pay, but remember that the more you are willing to spend, the more options you will have.
No new mattress buyer’s guide can account for your own experience as a sleeper. Because everyone sleeps differently, there is no single “best” mattress on the market today. Ultimately, your decision will come down to whether or not a potential purchase helps you get a good night’s sleep.
At Dr Snooze, we offer an exclusive 30-day comfort exchange program on all new mattresses — this gives you a chance to try your purchase out for an extended period of time before making a final decision. If you’re not happy with your choice, simply return it and let our sales team find you something more comfortable.
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