Do you know how often you should change your mattress?
The National Sleep Foundation recommends changing your mattress every 7-10 years regardless of any outstanding warranty. However how long your mattress will last depend on may factors such as how often it is used, the quality of the mattress and whether your bought wisely.
Shopping for a mattress can be stressful when it should be a peaceful, relaxing experience, after all you are shopping for the something you will be resting, sleeping and destressing upon!
Therefore before hitting the shops for a new mattress or bed do your homework! Firstly decide upon your mattress budget and spend the most you can afford – remember you will be spending a large amount of your life in close contact with this purchase!
Pillow top or not? Many think a pillow top mattress will be softer, this can be the case but you can also get the same feel with a standard mattress.
Try, Try, Try – this is most important, a slender, light weight man or woman will obviously require a slightly different mattress to a larger person. Therefore when trying a mattress in a showroom try to shop with the person you will be sharing the mattress with. If choosing a double or king size mattress a ‘zip link’ may be the answer if two people of very differing sizes are going to share the bed.
How much support do you need from your mattress? Your spine has a natural curve and the best sleeping position is to have your spine as close to its natural curve as possible. A firm mattress can help with back problems but if it is too firm it can create aches and pains and lead to an uncomfortable night’s sleep. If you suffer with a back problem you will need to make sure your new mattress is supportive and comforting in all the right places, so again try before you buy, spend as much time as possible in the showroom, lying on the mattress not sitting or in a ‘pose’ which is unnatural to you.