Mattress Buying Tips
Nothing affects the quality of life more than the way you sleep.
So whether you prefer very firm or very plush or something in between, we offer you the choice of back friendly, sleep enhancing beds for your healthy lifestyle.
A good night’s sleep, just like proper diet and exercise, is essential to your mental, emotional and physical health. Yet many people just do not get the recommended amount of
sleep needed each night to perform their best during the day. Instead, they sacrifice sleep and wake up to the consequences including difficultly concentrating, irritability, weakened immune system
and even higher stress. The good news is that it does not have to be this way.
Better sleep can be as simple as sleeping on a better mattress!
A better mattress may help you improve the quality of your life by improving the quality of your sleep.
A Comfortable Mattress: The Foundation of a Good Nights Sleep
The “shelf life” of a mattress depends on several factors such as usage,
quality and even your own changing comfort and support preferences. In
general, a mattress set that has been in use for five to seven years may
no longer provide proper comfort and support, and should be evaluated.
Sleep on this:
According to an Oklahoma State University study, a new mattress provided sleepers with
significant improvements, including*:
70.8% in sleep comfort
62.0% in sleep quality
55.3% in back pain
50.7% in spine stiffness
*As Compared to Sleeping on a Mattress 5 Years Old or Older
You May Need a New Mattress if…
Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether it’s time to buy a new mattress and boxspring/foundation:
• Your mattress is five to seven years old
• You wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains
• You had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed (such as a hotel or friend’s guest room)
• Your mattress shows signs of overuse (it sags, has lumps, etc.)
Mattress to Mattress: Tips to Guide Your Purchasing Decision.
Regardless of the type of sleep system you decide to purchase, always
evaluate a mattress for comfort, support, durability and space. The mattress that best addresses these needs is the mattress for you.
Comfort . Today’s top quality mattress/foundation ensembles are built
for superior comfort. Luxurious new cushioning materials and extra-soft
surface treatments create a plusher, more comfortable feel.
Support . A good mattress and foundation will gently support your
body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person
with good standing posture. Pay special attention to your shoulders,
hips and lower back—the heaviest parts of the body.
Durability. It’s the quality of the materials used and how they’re
put together that determines how long a mattress and foundation will
provide comfort and support.
Finding the Mattress of Your Dreams
Once you are familiar with the menu of mattress options available, start the shopping process. Remember, it is important to have an educated salesperson who can guide you through the many choices in bedding to help you find the mattress that best meets your personal preferences.
Once in the store, be sure to “test drive” your new mattress following the S.L.E.E.P. test.
Remove your shoes (if you’re a woman, it’s best to go mattress-shopping in jeans or pants) and lie down on several different models in various positions, especially the one you usually sleep in. And remember, those few extra minutes of focusing on the “feel” of different mattress choices can save a lot of time later.
Keep in mind as you test various mattresses that comparison shopping by model name may lead to frustration. You probably won’t find exactly the same model name in one store as you did in another. As with so many products on the market today, many retailers prefer to offer products that are exclusive to their store. For consumers that means more to choose from, and following the S.L.E.E.P. test will help you make the right selection.
The S.L.E.E.P Test
Select a mattress.
Lie down in your typical sleep position.
Evaluate the level of comfort and support.
Educate yourself about each selection.
Partners should test beds together.
Shop for the best value, not the lowest price. The best assurance for good mattress performance over many years, is to buy the highest quality sleep set you can afford.
Ask the salesperson if they can show you illustrated “cutaways” of the interior of the different mattress and foundation choices so you can see what’s inside.
The Sleep Set is literally the foundation of your sleep. It's important to make an overall commitment to healthy restorative sleep.