Sleep is a big part of our day. We have to sleep every night and those hours add up. This is why buying a mattress is actually a big investment. Because we spend so much time asleep, it is essential to have a quality mattress. This can make choosing the right mattress a difficult task. Keep reading for everything you need to know about evaluating a mattress based on specific criteria.
Buying A Mattress – Important Factors
When buying a mattress, there are two factors every consumer should keep in mind, they are:
- Support – This refers to the mattresses’ ability to hold you and your body in proper alignment from head to foot. Proper alignment will allow you to feel more rejuvenated and help you avoid unwanted back and joint pain.
- Comfort – It is important to avoid causing pressure to your body. Pressure causes tossing, turning and restless sleep. Having a mattress that fits your comfort preference will allow you to avoid restless nights.
Buying a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment and does not cause any unwanted pressure to your body is a smart purchase. Past the major elements of comfort and support, there are additional minor elements to consider. These additional elements to consider include:
- Motion separation – Motion separation is exactly what it sounds like, how much motion is transferred when you or your partner move around in bed or get in/out of bed.
- Temperature – You might not realize it but temperature is an important factor in mattress selection. Ideally, the surface of your mattress should be similar to the temperature of your skin. A mattress that is too hot or too cold can interrupt your sleep. This concept is known as, “thermoneutrality.”
- Edge support – Edge support refers to the strength of the border of the bed. You don’t want to feel like you are going to roll off the mattress if you sleep close to the edge.
Keep reading and we will explain how to test each one of these important factors to consider when buying a mattress.
Testing Support in a Mattress
Arguably, the most important factor in finding the best mattress for you is support. The mattress should push up on your body in order to counteract your body weight. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy a rock-hard or very soft mattress.
Regardless of how you sleep, your body is not a straight line. Whether you sleep on your back, side or stomach, your mattress should support the arches and curves of your body. Furthermore, if you continuously change positions while trying to keep your back in alignment then you are not slipping into the deeper stages of sleep. Deep sleep is essential in order to recharge each day. Finding the right alignment is essential, this means steering clear of mattresses that are too hard or too soft for your needs.
Testing for Comfort In A Mattress
The second major factor to test for when selecting a new mattress is comfort. Comfort may also be referred to as, “pressure release.” For example, if a mattress is too hard, it can cause unwanted pressure in your spine and joints. This type of pressure can leave you with pain and restless sleep. The quality of sleep is important. Changing positions frequently causes you to miss out on REM sleep (deep sleep) which means you will continue to wake up tired, even with 8 hours of sleep. When you are testing out a potential mattress, you should be able to comfortably lie still in one position for a few minutes.
Additional Criteria For a Mattress
On top of support and comfort, there are some important tricks of the trade to be aware of when discussing motion transfer, temperature neutrality and edge support.
There are several other criteria that you can look for when searching for a mattress. Here are some additional factors you should evaluate when determining what mattress to buy:
If you share your bed, it is important to minimize the effects of motion transfer. When your partner moves in bed due to restlessness or when entering/exiting the bed, your sleep could be disturbed. This is why it can be important to test out your potential new mattress in the store with your partner present. Both of you can test how your motions affects the other during the in store test.
Being aware of the level of heat retention is important when selecting a mattress. A quality mattress will typically have features to help regulate the retention or loss of heat. Most experts agree that the surface of your mattress should be close to your body temperature and not overly hot or cold. Temperature retention can be an issue with lower tier mattresses, especially lower tier memory foam mattresses.
Finally, a mattress should have strong edged support – especially if you tend to sleep near the edge of the bed or often sit on the edge of your bed. Most average mattresses utilize an upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but lower tier/quality mattresses may only use a metal rod at the ends/side. Foam encasement is by far a better option.
An exception to the edge support rule is with memory foam mattresses because of the nature of the material; memory foam is designed to take on the shape of your body.
Pick The Perfect Mattress
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