Three Memory Foam Mattress Buying Tips
Are you sleep deprived? The sleep-thief may be hiding under your sheets and mattress. You spend a great deal of time in bed, and factors like how well and how long you sleep affect every aspect of your life. The problem is, most of us don't equate our sleep health with our general health, and even when we do make the connection, buying a new memory foam mattress can be a big, expensive deal – and it’s not something you can afford to make a mistake on.
When buying a mattress, comfort is typically the big decision maker, but support is equally as important. How do you know when it's time to go mattress shopping?
If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, then it's time to invest in a better mattress:
- Do you wake up with achy muscles a few times a week?
- Do you sleep better away from home?
- Is the fabric on your mattress worn or torn?
- Is your mattress 7-10 years old?
“Finding the right mattress isn't about searching out the highest-tech brand or spending the most money,” writes Stephanie Watson on WebMD. "Instead of focusing on price and brand name, think about what you want in a mattress.”
If you've been thinking about buying a new memory foam mattress, follow our top 3 tips:
- Memory foam has the ability to evenly support your entire body by relieving pressure on the body’s joints and muscles. Pressure points are the areas of your body that sink into the mattress, such as head, neck and shoulders. Lack of adequate support in these heavy areas causes discomfort during the night, leading to tossing, turning and restlessness. A memory foam mattress will cushion your whole body and evenly distribute your body's weight, thus relieving the body’s pressure points.
- Did you know the position in which you sleep is vital in determining the right mattress? The most common positions are side, back and stomach. Compromising 15% of the population, stomach sleepers need a mattress that will adjust to their unique position by cradling the stomach and hips while reducing spinal pressure and maintaining open airways. The Emerald Gel Memory Foam Mattress has been engineered to specifically address the needs of a stomach sleeper. For the remaining 85% of you, a fully supportive mattress, such as the Glacier Gel Memory Foam Mattress, can do wonders by providing your body with a cool and pleasant sleep experience.
Focus on comfort:
Know what kind of a sleeper you are:
- How long do you expect your mattress to last? If you’re currently sleeping on an inner-spring mattress, your mattress will gradually lose the ability to buffer pressure points over time, and eventually won't support your spine properly – it’s just natural wear and tear. The mattress industry recommends replacing your mattress every 8 years. While a memory foam mattress will certainly remain supportive for twice the lifespan of an inner-spring mattress, it’s important to consider personal hygiene with any sleep surface you chose.
Durability and hygiene expectations:
Buying a new mattress can be a daunting task, but it's not a hopeless one! Following these three tips will ensure that you have the best chance of buying the best memory foam mattress for you.