Choosing the Best Mattress for a Good Night’s Sleep

110113_MatressIf you are waking up in the morning cranky with a sore back or stiff neck or if  your mattress sags when you sit on the side or if  you sink into one spot when you stretch out it may be time to invest in a new mattress.

The life span of a spring mattress is usually 10 to 15 years so if yours is older it is probably time for a change.

Most mattress are the inner spring type, however, there are also form mattresses and air mattresses.  All three types of mattress can provide a good, restful night’s sleep.  If you have been happy with your current mattress you will most likely want to stay with the same type.

Spring mattresses  have steel springs that support the mattress.  These are topped by a foam pad and enclosed with a cover.  Pillow top mattresses have a second layer of foam on top.  The quality of the cover increases the price of the mattress.

Usually you use a box spring with your mattress.  For a regular height mattress you want a 9 inch box spring and a low box spring is used with the higher mattresses.  Good foundations prolong the life of your mattress.

imagesMattress companies make various price mattresses and some have the same spring construction in the less expensive models as in the more expensive ones.  It’s a good idea to start checking cheaper mattresses and then move up till you find the one that is comfortable for you.

Before you go to the mattress store take the time to relax on your current bed for several minutes to get the feel of the mattress.  Then at the store stretch out on the mattress to see how it feels to you.  A good mattress should support your entire body and should feel comfortable to you.  If you share a bed with a partner and you each like a different firmness you might consider two single mattresses put together to form a super king bed.

If you are looking at air beds some come with individual controls for firmness for each side of the bed.

Foam mattresses come in various degrees of firmness.  Usually either a foam or an air mattress is more expensive than a standard spring mattress.  These two types rarely go on sale whereas a spring mattress can usually be found on sale.

mattress-bedroom-setsBefore you complete your purchase be sure to know what you will actually be paying.  Does the company have free delivery or does it have free shipping.  Delivery costs can dramatically increase the cost.

Do your research.  Read the reviews for the various mattresses.  Keep in mind that these are available on line, in department stores, furniture stores and mattress stores.  A mattress is an expensive purchase and something you will use everyday for years to come.  You want to be satisfied and happy with your choice.