Is it time for a new mattress? It can be hard to pull the trigger on upgrading your bed - it’s an expensive purchase, and it’s not something you can really show off to your friends. But let’s get real - if you’re going to spend a third of your life lying down on your mattress, it should really be worth an investment. Not sure if your bed is lacking? Consider the following…
Is it painful to wake up? Sure, getting up is hard for everyone, but are you waking up to new back pain that wasn’t there before? Chances are, your mattress isn’t supporting you properly any more.
Are you feeling lumps? If you’ve got a lumpy bed, your mattress may have reached the end of its life. No matter how perfect a mattress may be at the time of purchase, they all get worn down eventually.
Do you sleep better at hotels? If you’re noticing that your sleep quality improve when you’re not sleeping at home, there’s pretty solid evidence that your own mattress is the culprit.
Are you sneezing and sniffling? Beds are a huge attraction to common household allergens, which can build up in your mattress and cause serious respiratory irritation.
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, it’s probably time to look into upgrading to a fresh new mattress. Generally, they should be replaced every 8-10 years. When you’re looking for a mattress...
-Make sure that you test each potential bed for at least 20 minutes. Bring a book or magazine and spend some time lying down in your normal sleeping position (on your back, belly, or side). People who spend this long trying a mattress are generally far happier with their purchases.
-Check the return policy. Ideally, you should have a 30-day period during which you can return the mattress in case it’s not working out for you.
-Research different types. Based on your normal sleeping position and your specific body, some types of mattresses will be better suited to you than others.
-Go with your partner. If you sleep next to someone else, make sure that the mattress will be a good fit for both of you. Does one of you toss and turn? Better look for a bed that will minimize motion transfer. Shop around. If you can find the same mattress cheaper at a different retailer, don’t be afraid to do some bargaining and play the stores against each other for your business.
Once you invest in a truly wonderful mattress, you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure it stays that comfortable for as long as possible. Here are some tips for extending its life:
-Rotate your mattress every two months, and if it’s double-sided, flip it over too. This will help spread the wear to all sides of your mattress and delay the development of bumps and sags.
-No more jumping on the bed - it may be fun, but it’s just too much stress on the mattress!
-Choose a solid bed frame that will support the center of the mattress.
Congratulations! If you’re looking for a new mattress, you’re in for a whole new understanding of the word comfort. The right bed can make an enormous improvement in your sleep quality, and good sleep can make a world of difference in your life.