Sleep is a daily necessity that has a huge impact on how the next day will go. When you don’t get a good night’s sleep you’ll feel fatigued and your mood is likely to take a nosedive. Those two effects alone can negatively impact your work and personal relationships.
Since we’ve already provided tips on how to save money on a mattress, we thought it would be a good idea to do a follow up on choosing the right mattress. After all, it’s a big investment so you want to make sure you choose the best mattress for your needs.
One of the first and most obvious factors to consider is the size of the mattress. It’s a matter of practicality and functionality. Most mattresses come in a variety of sizes, but some are limited to a few dimensions.
When you’re considering mattress size there are three things to keep in mind:
- The size of your room.
- Who sleeps in the bed (more importantly how many people).
- How much room you really need to stretch out.
More and more people are going super-sized with options like the Bedding Mart Family Bed that can fit the entire household. It’s a trend among parents with children who co-sleep. In general, a family bed will fit two adults and 2-3 children and can be up to 12’ long.
Here’s a quick rundown of the standard sizes for other mattresses:
Twin – 38” x 75”
Twin Extra Long – 38” x 80”
Full – 53” x 75”
Queen – 60” x 80”
King – 76” x 80”
California King – 72” x 84”
Once you have the size nailed down it’s time to focus on support. Most chiropractors and doctors will tell you finding a mattress that provides the right amount of support is key. While this largely comes down to personal preference, sleep experts suggest that consumers go firm rather than soft. Just keep in mind if you go too firm it can aggravate pressure points.
How you typically sleep can affect the amount of support you need. In general, back sleepers need medium firm support, side sleepers need a little more softness and stomach sleepers need a firm mattress.
Tempur-Pedic mattresses are well-known for offering exemplary support thanks to multiple layers of memory foam that are very dense and adjust to the body. Bonus: they also come with a 10-year warranty.
What the mattress is made of can affect the support, comfort, and health of a mattress. If you are prone to allergies or have asthma, you’ll definitely want to think about the material. Some mattress materials are more likely to trap dust and allergens than others.
There are also materials that stay cool to the touch, which may be a good idea if you live in a warm climate. Also, you may want to look for moisture-wicking materials that improve comfort.
There are a lot of different types of mattresses available today. Some of them are straightforward and basic while others have a ton of bells and whistles.
Adjustable beds have become more popular over the years. With this type of mattress, you can adjust the position of the mattress and/or the firmness. There are some options that allow each side to be adjusted separately. There are also mattresses that can be warmed or cooled with the touch of a button.
Another thing you may want to look into is a mattress pad. This can help protect your mattress and add another level of comfort. For instance, there are mattress pads with gel foam that keep you cool at night. It may add to the total cost, but a mattress pad can improve longevity so it may be worth the added expense.
As you may already suspect, a mattress isn’t something you want to buy online without seeing first in-person. To determine whether a mattress truly offers the right amount of support and comfort you’ll need to visit a mattress store and give a few mattresses a test run.
Use the Better Sleep Council’s S.L.E.E.P. test. It’s a great way to compare and contrast different models so you’re confident you’re getting the best mattress for your needs.