What to Look for When Buying a New Mattress

Ensure that you have the best sleep possible

Finding and buying the right mattress is a vital key in ensuring that you have a good night’s sleep. You want to be aware of the quality and value of your ideal mattress so you wake up each morning feeling relaxed, rested and refreshed. Sleeping on the wrong, uncomfortable mattress can cause sleeplessness, as well as aches and pains all over our bodies. Not having a good night of sleep also makes us moody, grumpy and lowers our concentration during the day. By keeping the following points in mind when buying a new mattress, you will be sure to eliminate any uncomfortable and painful nights of bad sleep.

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Guidelines to Buying a New Mattress

1. Shop For Quality, Not Price

We spend hours every single day sleeping on a mattress, so why would you not make sure that you had the very best when buying a new mattress? Make sure when shopping for a new mattress that you go for quality rather than price. Mattresses with more coils and thicker padding are genuinely better quality. In contrast, a high price does not mean that it is a great mattress that will provide the best support or comfort. Mattress stores often have sales, promotions and price-matching offers, so make sure to look around when buying a new mattress so that you get the best quality mattress for the best price.

2. Watch Out For Gimmicks

Just because it says that the mattress is ‘approved by chiropractors’ or is ‘ergonomically designed for sufferers of back pain’, or is ‘orthopaedic’, doesn’t mean it is true. There hasn’t been much research or testing done in the area of mattress design and the correlation with lower back pain. When buying a new mattress, be mindful of any extra features as to whether or not they really do make it more comfortable and supportive, or if it just a sales gimmick.

3. Test-Run Before Buying

Make sure to test out the mattress before you buy it, no matter how silly it may feel to lie on a mattress in a large shop. When buying a new mattress, you want to make sure that you don’t go to the hassle to get it home only to find out that it is uncomfortable and that you can’t sleep on it. There are many different sizes, styles, thicknesses and designs when it comes to mattresses, so make sure you try them out before you buy one.

When lying on a mattress in a shop, don’t lie still on you back, flat and long like a stick, acting like you are in a coma. No one sleeps like that. Lie on the mattress how you would when you go to sleep normally. Move around. Wriggle. Toss and turn. Really, genuinely test the mattress. If you share a bed, bring your partner along to also test it out, as they have to like it and you need to know what it feels like sleeping next to them on the mattress, like if there is enough room between you and them while you are sleeping and if you are both comfortable. A water bed feels completely different if you have someone lying next to you!

4. Buy From A Trustworthy Brand

When buying a new mattress it is best to purchase a mattress from a store or company that has a trustworthy reputation. A company renowned for its mattress is far more likely to have properly designed and comfortable beds. Some other things you will want to consider when buying a new mattress also include customer service, delivery options, warranty on the mattress, and the return policy for the mattress. Some companies and stores offer a delivery service of your new mattress and will take your old mattress away for you. Others leave the delivery and disposal all up to you, which can be a huge effort and inconvenience. You may also find that after a week or two of having the mattress it isn’t working for you, so again, you need to check how long after purchasing the mattress you can still return or exchange it.

5. Looking After Your New Mattress

Once you have purchased your new mattress, you want it to last, so you need to take care of it. To make sure that it is evenly worn out, you should reposition and turn it every six months. This means rotating it 180 degrees and flipping it over lengthways.  Without this regular repositioning, your mattress will wear out unevenly which will create bumps and lumps that can cause you discomfort or pain if slept on.

By keeping these points in mind when buying a new mattress, you will be able to make sure that you are receiving the most comfortable, relaxing night's rest possible.

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