Your decision to purchase a new mattress is likely to be driven by how your existing bed feels. Perhaps it’s not as comfortable and supportive as it once was, or your sleeping pattern has changed. Consider the following questions and whether your current mattress meets these needs.
Are you sleeping better or worse than you did a year ago?
Are you waking up feeling stiff and sore?
Does your mattress have visible signs of wear and tear?
Would a new mattress improve your sleep?
If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then it’s time to consider purchasing a new mattress. And because people tend to overlook their mattresses and don’t think about them, we recommend that you “check” your mattress using these four questions on a regular basis. This will help to make sure mattress wear and tear isn’t disrupting your sleep.
Choosing the perfect mattress is a matter of individual taste. What’s best for one person may not be suitable for another. There is no one-size-fits-all. After all, we’re all built differently, have different sleeping positions and different comfort preferences, so why would the same mattress be perfect for all of us? To determine the mattress that’s just right for you, we recommend going to a showroom and using the “rest test” to narrow down your choices. As you lie down on the mattresses, pay attention to three of the mattress’s most important features: comfort, support and space. The mattress that best fulfils the combination of these needs is the “best” mattress for you. If you sleep with a partner, bring that person with you to test out the mattresses. After all, you will need to reconcile what you like best with what your partner likes best.
A mattress has the potential either to encourage sleep or rob you of sleep. Whether your mattress is a sleep friend or a sleep foe can determine how refreshed you feel in the morning. If you’re tossing and turning more at night or if you’re waking up feeling stiff or sore after a night’s sleep, it could be a sign that your current mattress is no longer comfortable. Your body appreciates a comfortable, supportive mattress and will let you know if it’s not up to the task.
The mattress that’s right for you will keep your spine in proper alignment – how your spine is when it’s in good standing posture – supporting your body and cradling it along its curves. The right mattress will also be comfortable, helping to relieve pressure points and removing the disruption from tossing and turning. Keep in mind that your comfort preferences are likely to change as you age. Make sure the mattress provides enough space for easy, free movement.
You may also want to consider what’s inside your mattress, as these make a difference to comfort as well as the quality of your sleep. Natural materials such as wool and horse tail are breathable, helping to regulate temperature as you sleep by wicking moisture away from the skin. Materials like foam feel hot and don’t disperse moisture in the same way. Instead it tends to sit on the surface of the mattress against the skin.
Your rest – the amount and quality of your sleep – is a critical factor in your overall well-being. It can affect how you feel physically and mentally as well as your productivity. We spend around a third of our lives in bed. This equals 220,000 hours over the course of a lifetime. And the mattress is the most used piece of furniture in the home, so spend enough to ensure that your individual comfort and support needs are being met. Be sure not to shortchange yourself out of a good, quality night’s sleep. Over several years, investing in a good quality mattress made from durable materials costs pennies a day. This may be less than you would spend on a daily newspaper or a cup of coffee.
You need to understand your needs before you start shopping. We recommend that you think about your lifestyle. How has it changed since you last bought a mattress and how might these changes affect your purchase? And what about your body? Has it changed and how has this affected your needs for support or your comfort preferences? Finally, think about space requirements and if you have a partner, take your partner with you to shop for a new mattress. It’s important to find something to meet both your support needs and comfort preferences. We offer split tension mattresses, so you and your partner can have different support each side.
Armed with this knowledge, visit a showroom to take a “rest test” to compare the feel of different mattresses by lying down on them. To keep your spine in its natural position, you must sink into the bed to some extent, or your spine will bend unnaturally. By trying different mattresses, you will quickly find some mattresses you like and others that do not meet your personal comfort preferences and support needs. Through this process of elimination, you can determine which mattresses you like best.
The best way to try a mattress is to “rest test” it. Don’t be embarrassed. You don’t think twice about test driving a car, and you shouldn’t think twice about “rest testing” a mattress. Lie down on the mattress for several minutes. Assess how well it provides support and how comfortable it is for you. The only way to tell if a mattress is right for you is to lie down on it.