A new mattress will play an important role in your overall health, so you need to research carefully before making the purchase. In addition to affecting the quality of your sleep, the mattress you use also affects your waking hours. That’s because when you have a restful night, you’ll be in a better physical and mental state the following day.

So if you’re shopping for a new mattress, here’s what you need to do to make the right decision.

Consider the size

Your new mattress need not necessarily be the same size as the one you’re replacing because your mattress needs may have changed. For example, your priority now might be to increase the space in your bedroom. In that case, it’s a good idea to replace your king-size with a queen-size. Or if you’re moving out to your own apartment, you might need to upgrade from a twin-bed.

Your current lifestyle should dictate your purchasing decision. Needless to say, if you buy a bigger or smaller mattress, you’ll also need to change your bed frame and perhaps the headboard.

Test them out

Awkward as it might seem, lie down on as many mattresses as you’re considering before choosing one. According to Advisor Top, this is an important step in the mattress-buying process.

When testing the mattress, don’t be shy about stretching yourself, rolling side to side, curling up in your most preferred sleeping position and testing the firmness by sitting on the edge. If you have a partner with whom your share a bed, go ahead and try it out together to make sure you both like it. You need to spend no less than ten minutes testing the mattress; even when you buy a mattress online, visit the physical store to test the mattress.

Find out if there are trial periods and returns

Testing the mattress at the store is effective. However, after sleeping on it for an entire night, you may have different thoughts about it. It is for this reasons that some stores offer a ‘comfort trial’ of typically 30 days. In this period, you are allowed to return the mattress if it doesn’t meet you comfort expectations.

Be wary, however, that many mattress dealers may charge a restock free if you choose to return the mattress. Even so, the trial period is still useful, especially when you’re purchasing a mattress from an online store.

Consider the firmness

There’s no standard firmness measurement in the mattress industry, meaning what one manufacturer considers firm may be considered extra firm by another manufacturer. These terms are more of guidelines than they are strict rules; all the more reason for you to test the mattress in person rather than relying on the store descriptions.

Also, avoid the mistaken assumption that the softest mattresses are always the most comfortable and that having a bad back means that you should buy a firm mattress. It’s not an exact science and the answer is usually somewhere in the middle.

Pillow-top or no pillow-top?

Pillow-top mattresses are becoming increasingly popular, even though they are usually more expensive than regular mattresses and may not necessarily be the better option. It is likely that the pillow-top will go flat long before the mattress needs replacement, especially if you’re a heavy person.

On the other hand, if you’re on the lighter side, a pillow-top mattress may prevent you from fully engaging the mattress’s support, leaving you with an achy back in the morning. It might therefore be a good idea to buy a regular mattress and add a pillow of the appropriate size as you see fit.

Consider your options

There are a number of mattress categories, but among the most common are the memory foam, innerspring and hybrid mattress. Also fairly popular are adjustable air mattresses. There are pros and cons for each of these categories, so you want to make sure you’re familiar with those before making a purchase.

Innerspring mattresses are the most affordable. They offer great support and are available in a wide variety of firmness options. They are, however, the least durable. Memory foam mattresses cost more than innerspring mattresses. They’re good for aching muscles and sore joints. Compared to innerspring mattresses, they are not as romance-friendly.

Hybrid mattresses feature a foam overlay on springs. The good-quality variety offer the best of both innerspring and memory foam mattresses but the inferior variety will probably offer the worst of both. Air mattresses are customizable, allowing each partner to set their half of the mattress to fit their preference. However, this convenience comes at a considerable cost.

Published by Harris Scott