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What Type of Mattress is Right for You

What could be more important than getting a good night's sleep? While sleep is paramount for physical and mental health, forty-five percent of Americans claim their daily activities are impacted by sleep deprivation. There are multiple factors that contribute to the issue, but owning the right mattress may help alleviate restlessness. Purchasing options can be overwhelming, especially when offers are incorporated, but below are helpful guidelines to make the selection process easier:

Balance support and comfort

Obviously, you want your sleeping experience to be comfortable. If you wake up multiple times each night to shift position, you won't get the deep sleep your body requires. But beware, there is such a thing as too comfortable. Overly soft (or "plush") mattresses may not provide adequate spinal support, which means you could wake up with a sore back. When you test mattresses, look for one that keeps your spine aligned while you recline. Remember, there's no universal right answer. Everyone will have their own preferences regarding the ideal firmness level of a mattress.

Choose the Best Size

Mattresses come in standard sizes: twin, double/full, queen, king and California king. Choose a size depending on your preference for personal space. If you're especially tall, you might need an extra-long mattress to prevent your feet from hanging off the end of the bed. Room dimensions are also important. That California king may look pretty appealing if you have a partner who thrashes, but will you have enough space for your other bedroom furniture?

Compare Mattress Styles

Various mattress types are available, ranging from innerspring to memory foam to adjustable air, and all cater to slightly different sleeping needs. Read about choosing the right mattress1 type to determine which is best for you. Although reading information about mattress types can help narrow the choices, there's no substitute for visiting your local mattress retailer and spending a solid 15 minutes to test various options. Buying a mattress is one of the most subjective purchases you'll make, and you want to be confident in your investment.

No matter which model you choose, make sure you understand the return policy. Many stores offer a trial period during which you can return or exchange the mattress. However, keep in mind that it can take a few weeks to adjust to a new mattress.

Don't skimp on price at the expense of your spine. If you're intimidated by the cost, many retailers who accepted a credit card from Synchrony Bank periodically offer promotional financing offers for mattress purchases that could make it more manageable for you to buy the mattress your back deserves.

Additional Reading

Lack of Sleep is Affecting Americans, Finds the National Sleep Foundation  

Why is Sleep Important?

What Type of Mattress is Best for People with Low Back Pain?

Sources

  1. Mattress Types
  2. How to Pick Your Perfect Mattress
  3. Mattress Buying Guide
  4. How to Shop for a Mattress

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