If any of the following applies to you, you need a new mattress:
- Your current mattress was purchased over eight years ago.
- You wake up more tired than when you went to bed.
- There are visible signs of wear; your mattress looks old and worn.
- You wake up with aches, pain, and stiffness.
- You see dips and lumps in your mattress.
Every person’s body is different, so you should try several different mattresses to determine which is the right one. Give yourself at least 10 minutes in the position you sleep in to determine if you are comfortable and not experiencing pressure points. Lie down on several different mattresses and determine which ones feel the most comfortable.
The mattress should support your body by holding your spine in alignment. At any comfort level, whether firm, cushion firm, plush or pillow top, the top of the mattress should cradle your body and the upward support from the coil system should be strong enough to support your body correctly.
Select a mattress that gives you room to turn, move, and stretch. If you are sleeping with a partner, it is especially important. Often the size of your room will dictate your mattress selection. If you are sleeping with a partner, the queen or king size is recommended as long as your room is spacious enough.
Mattress sets can range from $300 to $7,000. A good quality, queen-size mattress set will usually retail for $1,000-$2,000. Everyone has a set budget, so it is essential to purchase the best quality mattress you can afford. A quality mattress will provide years of restful nights, so it is necessary to make this purchase an investment in your well-being!
Consider both the support and comfort of the mattress you’re selecting if you are experiencing back pain. The support of the mattress is necessary because it needs to keep your spine in alignment. Comfort is equally important because you do not want pressure causing you discomfort. The Latex and Visco Memory Foam mattresses are recommended for individuals experiencing back pain. They support your back due to their foam material that helps to relieve pressure. It is recommended that when you lie on the mattress when visiting a store, that you lay in the position you sleep in at night for a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes.
Manufacturers give different names for the same mattresses in various stores. We have referenced many of these names, and all you need to do is call (800) 385-8319, and one of our representatives will be able to tell you which of our beds is the same as the one you are looking for. There are 15 to 20 different names for the same mattress.
Platform beds do not require a box spring or a foundation. A platform bed is usually a solid base or has wooden slats across for the mattress. This base provides adequate support for the mattress.
Split boxes are two separate box springs. A queen box spring is 60″ wide and 80″ long. There are times when the whole box spring will not fit into space because of its size.
Split queen boxes are two 30 x 60 boxes that equal a queen size. Because there are two box springs, they do cost more than the single size queen box spring. It’s best to discuss this option with your sales representative if you have concerns about the mattress set delivered to your space. A king set always comes with two box springs.
A mattress and box spring work together as a set. The foundation contributes to the mattress’s overall comfort and support. It is never recommended to place a new mattress on an old box spring. If the earlier box spring does not correctly support the mattress, it may not be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.
Proper bedding is essential for larger individuals. You need to look for a mattress that is both comfortable and has strong upward support. If you are purchasing a coil system bed, you want to make sure you select a mattress with the strongest gauge coil system available. There is a difference between firm support and a firm feel. Your selection should have firm support but a comfortable feel. Visco Memory Foam and Latex beds offer excellent support and pressure relief, which can help prevent bedsores, aches, and pains in shoulders, hips, and sensitive areas in the back. You may also want to consider an adjustable base, which gives you the ability to elevate your head and knees to ease lower back pain.
The longevity of a mattress is usually ten years, with most manufacturers offering a ten-year warranty. However, changes in your body may require a different comfort level after several years have passed. Some individuals have had their mattresses well over the ten-year period and are still very comfortable and happy with their selection. The way you are sleeping or not sleeping at night will guide you as to when it is time to select a new mattress set.
The mattress should feel pleasant, and most people have that “oh-this-feels-so-good” experience when they select the bed that finally feels right. Some recommendations apply to the position a person sleeps in at night. A firm or cushion firm mattress is usually recommended for a person who sleeps most of the night on their back or stomach. The cushion firm has additional layers at the top of the mattress to relieve pressure. A plush level mattress is right in the middle, not too firm, and not too soft. This is recommended for a person who switches sleep positions at night and for children because they often sleep on their backs, stomachs, and side. The Pillow Top mattresses are usually recommended for individuals who primarily sleep on their sides. The softer layers help relieve pressure off the shoulders and hips.
Today’s mattresses are thicker, and when shopping for sheets, read the packaging. Most companies will list, for example, mattresses with a height of 16 to 18″. Know the height of your mattress, to select it accordingly.