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One of the big­gest

com­plaints to­day is get­ting a good night’s sleep. Sleep is vi­tal for good health, but there’s a lot that goes on be­fore the lights go off. It seems ob­vi­ous, but the first place to look at is your mat­tress. Choos­ing the right one could make the dif­fer­ence in the qual­ity of your sleep and your over­all health.

Sized right

Beds that aren’t prop­erly sized for either the room or the in­hab­i­tants will pre­vent rather than pro­mote a good night’s sleep. If the sleep­ers are tall or large peo­ple, hav­ing more room can make all the dif­fer­ence in get­ting some good rest. A stan­dard queen or king size mat­tress is 80 inches long and a Cal­i­for­nia King is 84 inches. Most av­er­age adults can rest com­fort­ably on th­ese sizes. How­ever, if you need some­thing longer, a spe­cialty mat­tress can be or­dered on­line or at your lo­cal mat­tress store.

Mat­tress maker Serta of­fers a cus­tom mat­tress op­tion that you can per­son­al­ize for your needs ( mat­tress-guide/cus­tom­made-to-or­der). An­other con­sid­er­a­tion is whether you sleep alone or with a part­ner. For most peo­ple a queen mat­tress is a roomy enough size whether you sleep by your­self or with some­one else, which makes it a good size for out­fit­ting a guest room.


To­day’s mat­tresses come in a va­ri­ety of styles and com­bi­na­tions of fea­tures. The depth of a mat­tress is an­other fac­tor to think about when shop­ping for a new bed. If you have a low-pro­file bed, a deep mat­tress might not look right on it and be too high against the head­board. Like­wise, if your bed is a four-poster or tra­di­tional type, a shal­low mat­tress might look skimpy. Take pic­tures of your bed and mea­sure the mat­tress you cur­rently have to make sure that you get the cor­rect depth – and that the depth will be com­fort­able for you to get in and out of bed.


This is one of the most dif­fi­cult ar­eas to judge in a mat­tress. Price isn’t al­ways an in­di­ca­tor of com­fort and qual­ity. Look for a mat­tress com­pany that of­fers a war­ranty to re­place the mat­tress if you aren’t happy with it. Many mat­tress stores re­quire that you buy a spe­cial mat­tress pro­tec­tor in or­der to ex­er­cise the war­ranty. Do your home­work, be­cause some com­pa­nies have a 30-day re­turn pol­icy and oth­ers can be as gen­er­ous as 100 nights. Be­cause you never re­ally know how a bed will suit you, if the com­pany re­quires it, this small in­vest­ment of about $100 can be a life­saver if the mat­tress you buy turns out to be too firm, too soft, or is sim­ply un­com­fort­able.

To foam or not to foam? Mem­ory foam mat­tresses are the lat­est mat­tress ma­te­rial, but some find them too firm and some too hot, oth­ers swear by them.

To find a bed that truly suits you, try out the mat­tresses in the show­room. Lie in your usual sleep­ing po­si­tion to get the feel. Don’t feel awk­ward about it. Take your time to try each one out. If you want to skip the has­sle of buy­ing a mat­tress al­to­gether, you can or­der one on­line. On­line mat­tress com­pa­nies like Leesa (, Casper ( and Saatva (Saat­va­mat­ will send a mat­tress straight to your mail­box.

To find a bed that truly suits you, try out the mat­tresses in the show­room.

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