Your mattress is one of the primary factors in the quality of your sleep every night. Having a comfortable mattress ensures your physical comfort, which in turn ensures your mental comfort. You might think your restless sleep is caused by stress on the job or your significant other, but think again. Your mattress may simply be at fault. The body is actually good at forgiving itself as long as it has room to do so. If you think that your mattress may be at fault, let’s find out what are the most important factors in selecting a new mattress.
Assuming this isn’t your first bed ever, you will be switching from a previous mattress. Believe it or not, there are some hard and fast rules that you should pay attention to when deciding to make the switch! The rules come from industry watchdog The Better Sleep Council:
No mattress should leave you with any kind of physical pain after sleeping on it. No matter how you sleep (on your back, stomach or on your side) your mattress should keep your neck, spine, and head in neutral alignment to ensure full support. When you don’t get this kind of support, you wake up with aches and pains. One of the most important characteristics of your new mattress should be that you wake up feeling physically refreshed.
Consider the durability of your mattress. Good mattresses are expensive for a reason, which is usually that they last for a long time. You should keep in mind how long you want to stay in your bed and purchase a mattress with the same kind of longevity. You may be able to buy a slightly cheaper mattress if you are looking to move within a couple of months, but you should never reduce the quality of the materials in the mattress for the sake of price.
Since we’re on the topic of bedding, do you know how to choose the right pillow for you? No worries, we have the answers for you here.
If you have a partner sleeping in the bed with you every night, you need a mattress that isolates your motion. Motion isolation ensures that you don’t feel the movements of your partner during the night. These movements may dislodge you from sleep and create misalignments in your body. Certain mattresses have more stiffness than others, and as you go through the characteristics of your short list, you should keep this in mind.
If your mattress has more edge support, you will be able to utilize more of the surface area of the mattress. Less support on the edge will give you the sensation of falling off the bed as you approach the edge. In general, better edge support is indicative of a better overall mattress.
The materials included in your mattress should be safe to sleep on night after night. In some cases, mattress manufacturers will use toxic materials as a fire retardant. Make sure you avoid these materials at all costs.
Visit the websites of any mattresses you’re considering and check to see how transparent they are about the materials that they use. You should also be sure that any mattress you purchase comes with its tags. This is one of the most important safety mechanisms, and it is protected by law.
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