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How to Choose a Mattress

Your mattress is one of the most important furniture purchases you will make for your home. Most people spend at least a third of every day in bed, and over the life of a good mattress, you could be spending more than 1,200 full days lying on it.  Obviously, it’s important that it be very comfortable!  The wrong bedding can cause muscle and joint aches, restless nights, and exhaustion throughout the day.  Here are some tips for how to choose a mattress that will help you to wake refreshed and to feel wonderful throughout the day.

  • If you are testing a mattress in a bed store, sit on it for a moment to test its quality.  It should not feel lumpy or limp.  When you stand up again, the mattress should spring immediately back into place, rather than slowly resuming its shape.
  • Once you have found a mattress that feels comfortable when sitting on, test it lying down with your shoes off.  If you are sharing your bed with another person, you should test it together.
     
  • Take your time while lying on a mattress to test it.  Problems are not always immediately apparent.  Wait at least ten to fifteen minutes to decide whether the bed is comfortable.
     
  • Don’t just lie on your back.  Test your favorite sleeping positions, including resting on your side and stomach.  If you feel any pressure points, the mattress will probably not be comfortable during the night.
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  • A good mattress should not sag or slope.
     
  • Understand how mattresses work.  The number and placement of the coils inside the mattress determine the level of support.  The right coil placement for you will support your back and neck while allowing for the natural curves of your body.  The coils should also not creak or poke through the mattress.

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  • Most mattresses have a thick layer of padding over the coils.  This determines how comfortable and soft a mattress is.

The right mattress is very much a matter of personal taste.  Be sure to take your time to find the bedding that best suits your needs, because it will have a major effect on your everyday life.


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