It Might be the Mattress

A new mattress may help you sleep better.

By FamilyTime


Having trouble sleeping? Do you wake up with a dull ache in your lower back? Have you tossed and turned all night long? Are you yearning for a full eight hours of sleep but it’s just not happening?

It could be you need a new mattress.

If your mattress is more than 10 or 12 years old, it might be time to consider a new bed. Mattresses are pricy and so this is not an expense to take on casually. And because it’s important to buy a mattress and box spring together, the cost goes up beyond the mattress.

Do Your Research
The idea of researching mattresses may not be exciting, but if it means you will sleep and feel better, why not?

Everyone says the same thing. Go to a store and spend a lot of time lying around on the mattresses. This is expected and so you should not feel embarrassed about it. Pay close attention to how the mattress supports your lower back, hips, and shoulders.

At the same time, have a budget in mind. You can get a good mattress for a reasonable amount of money.

Take your bed mate with you when you mattress shop. You should both feel comfortable on the same mattress.

If you and your partner have very different ideas of how a mattress should feel, consider one with adjustable firmness. Or, if you have room for a king size bed, buy two twins and push them together.

The Princess Would Never Feel the Pea
Know what you are looking at before you enter the store. The salesperson may do a fast job on you if you’re not prepared. The standard box spring and innerspring mattress is the traditional construction for a good bed, but nowadays a lot of folks are looking at memory foam and air mattresses.

Memory foam mattresses are made of dense foam that absorbs energy and because it’s heat sensitive, self adjusts to your body. These are best known by brand names such as TrueSleep and Tempurpedic and they are always expensive. Talk to friends who have one and spend some time lying on them in the store.

If you want to buy a traditional mattress and box spring, complex coil shapes and thicker wire gauge mean better weight distribution and greater resiliency. As a general rule, these things translate to superior mattresses.

When the mattress boasts pocket springs, each spring is nestled in its own fabric pocket and responds to weight independently of the other springs. These beds are more expensive than continuous-spring mattresses where a single length of wire forms the springs.

Consider the Size of the Mattress
Unless you are moving into a new bedroom, you probably already know what size bed you want: full, queen, king or California king. But keep in mind that manufacturers make mattresses and box springs deeper than before and your old queen-size sheets may not fit your new queen-size bed.

Some mattress makers are now marketing a bed called a European queen, which is larger than the standard queen.

Mattresses with pillow tops, which are extremely popular for those who love softness but crave support, add another few inches to the mattress. And dollars to the price.

Take accurate measurements: length, width, and depth. Consider these before you buy your new bed. If you are replacing a single twin mattress and box spring, beware that the new additions may be higher than the other twin bed in the room!