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Mattress Hunting For The Bedroom – The Do’s and Don’ts

Think about it. A bedroom is where we spend a quarter or more of our lives in. Take into account the fact that we do use our bedroom for a whole lot of other activities besides sleeping and you might come to realize that the bedroom is perhaps the room where we spend the MOST time in. This makes getting the perfect bed all the more important. A mattress that feels comfortable to another person might not feel as comfortable to you. This is inevitable because every one of us has different needs and preferences, especially when it comes to how we lie down on our beds to sleep every night. Plus, each mattress has its own level of support, comfort, firmness, size and more. Sadly, most of these ratings cannot be depended upon. The scale really does change according to a person’s body shape, weight and how he or she perceive comfort. For king size mattresses, things get a little more complicated because the price for a larger mattress also increases substantially. Ideally, you’ll want a king size mattress that offers excellent support despite its size. You should only consider getting a mattress smaller than king size if you’re living on your own.

a-firm-mattressWith that said, a so-called orthopaedic mattress really is just another label to mean that you should pay more for this because we say so. In fact, all mattresses can really be deemed orthopaedic because they really do suit certain people from all walks of life and can help relieve them of their back, joint or shoulder pains. Orthopaedic mattresses are apparently geared towards providing the right level of support to specific parts of the body, but then again, which mattresses aren’t?

layered-memory-foam-mattressIf you’re used to sleeping on your back or on your stomach, then you really should invest in a mattress that’s firmer than the usual. Firm mattresses are necessary for the extra support that they can give to your body especially since you need to keep your spine straight during the night while you’re asleep. In such cases, an excellent memory foam mattress would do wonders. Memory foam mattresses are especially suitable for people who sleep often on their backs since the support they give for the spine is unparalleled. Plus, most of the very best memory foam mattresses these days aren’t that expensive anymore. You could probably get a used memory foam mattress for less than $100. Side sleepers, on the other hand, would find a softer mattress that can allow their spine to curve slightly when they’re asleep on their sides ideal. If you do sleep both on your back and sides, then go for a medium-firm mattress to get the best of both worlds.

Would you buy a mattress that states specifically that they aren’t suitable for people with lower back pain? That would be foolish not to mention catastrophic for the mattress company, wouldn’t it? Which is why it’s always better to actually try out a mattress before you proceed to buy it based on some salesman’s well-rehearsed speech. Make sure you schedule some real time off for this purpose however. Trying out mattresses can take a really long time, if you don’t already know which mattress it is you’re thinking about buying. Ideally, the right amount of time you should spend lying down on a mattress before deciding whether it’s right for you or not ranges between 5 to 10 minutes. Some even recommend falling asleep on a potential good buy for 30 minutes just to be sure.

As long as you’re not too concerned about whether a particular mattress will lose its spring elasticity (for spring mattresses) or firmness (for memory foam, or really any other mattress types), then you don’t really have to be concerned with how long the warranty for that mattress really is. Warranties usually only apply to major defects in the product rather than wear and tear over time anyway. You should watch out for mattresses that aren’t firm enough for your back.

Keep in mind, though, that the firmness ratings of mattresses in the shops aren’t really that accurate, especially once you take the different mattress types into account. Latex mattresses, as an example, are tough as hell but they may only have a moderate firmness rating if you were to compare it to other similar latex mattresses.