Understanding and knowing what you want is the most important part of buying a mattress. With a product that is quickly used up, you can afford to end up with a less-than satisfactory item. But a mattress? A high quality mattress could last 10 to 15 years. That’s a long time to live with a mistake.
There are a couple things to consider to ensure that you find the best mattress, perhaps a memory foam mattress, that works for you.
- What Size Fits My Needs?
Mattresses come in several different sizes: twin, double, queen and king. Twins are the smallest and designed for one person. Doubles, queens and kings are all adequate for two people but vary in width with a double being the narrowest and a king the widest.
The size of your mattress may be dictated by the size of your room and bed frame. If you have a bed frame that doesn’t adjust and you plan on keeping it, you may need to stick with the same size of mattress.
If the room and frame aren’t factors, consider if you sleep with a partner. What size bed are you sleeping in now? Would you be more comfortable in a larger bed, such as a king? Doubles and queens can be tight fits for some couples if one or both are restless sleepers or bigger people. You may both get a better night’s sleep in a king.
- Do I Need Better Support?
The right support can make a world of difference for back pain, stiffness, discomfort and other health issues. The type of support you need depends on your height, weight and preferred sleeping position. If you sleep on your side, you may like a mattress that has firm support at its core and softer support in the top layers that conform to your body. If you suffer from back pain, you may want a firmer mattress.
Regardless of the amount of support you choose, you should look for a mattress that shapes to your sleeping position to provide comfort and help your body stay in alignment.
- How Important is Comfort to Me?
Like support, comfort is a subjective measurement with beds having a range of comfort ratings. Ultimately, though, you have to decide if the mattress is actually comfortable and works with your body the way you want it to. Some people define comfort as a firmer mattress. Others want to sleep in a cloud. Most people want a mattress in the middle that provides superior comfort and support.
The only way to know if a mattress is comfortable for you is to lay on it. If you find one that you like, ask if the retailer offers a risk-free return policy so you can try sleeping on the mattress at home.