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.
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 (Serta.com/ 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 (Leesa.com), Casper (Casper.com) and Saatva (Saatvamattress.com) will send a mattress straight to your mailbox.
To find a bed that truly suits you, try out the mattresses in the showroom.