You can buy a spectacular looking bed that looks very inviting for a good night’s sleep but if the mattress that you have chosen is not of a good enough standard, then you are going to end up disappointed in the morning and probably not feeling as rested as you should do.
Here is a look at what you need to know so that end up with a mattress that is just right for you and will give you the opportunity to have restful sleep and wake up reinvigorated.
Choice of mattress
The price of a good quality mattress can vary but it should be considered as an investment and therefore worth taking your time over.
There is a great choice of mattresses available from online specialists like John Lewis and you will have to decide whether you are looking for a memory foam or pocket sprung mattress.
One of the noticeable strong trends surrounding our mattress buying habits is that, according to Which?, nearly 40% of us bought their mattress because it was made by a brand that they trusted rather than choosing it for its particular qualities and features.
If you are one of those who prefer to buy on brand then you are potentially missing out on getting the best mattress that is most suitable to you and your sleeping habits, but you should at least check out customer satisfaction scores and feedback to see what other people are saying about them.
Some of the best deals are often found online but with some of the major department stores like John Lewis for example, you should be able to get the opportunity to try before you buy so do your research and aim to try out the mattress you are considering buying in person before you place your order.
When trying out a mattress in a store, wear comfortable clothing and take your coat off so that you recreate as much as possible the feeling that you would get if you were actually going to bed. You should aim to lie on the mattress for about ten minutes and in positions that you would normally sleep in, so you get a good feel for how suitable the mattress is for you.
What to look for
When you are trying out the mattress make sure that you sit on the edge of it as well as the middle. As you sit on the edge of the mattress it should feel firm and should definitely fall away when you put weight on it.
If you are looking at buying a memory foam mattress the make sure to test its credentials by relaxing in one position and then move into another, noting if it was easy to do or not. This will give you an indication of whether a memory foam mattress is suitable for you and if you found that you felt your movement was too restricted, it could mean that you might just struggle to adapt to a mattress of this type.
If you are unsure which mattress is right for you, consider checking out the top mattress buying guide from Consumer Reports.
Trust your instincts
There are some very tempting claims made by mattress manufacturers and some will even claim that they offer the solution to your bad-back problems.
That may well be the case if you are very fortunate but the reality is that widely-held beliefs such as a firm mattress is always better if you suffer from a bad back are not actually supported by any overwhelming medical evidence to support the claim.
There is no definitive answer to what is the best mattress so you are better off trusting your own instincts and choosing the one that feels right for you rather than one that sounds as if it is the right one.
You don’t necessarily have to buy the bed base and the mattress at the same time but if you do decide to buy one without the other then make sure that dimensions are compatible so that you don’t have any problems when you get them home.
The one thing that most people agree on is that if you aim to buy a better quality mattress then you should hopefully be rewarded with a comfortable night’s sleep.
Guest Author: Amelia Allen is a home design and decorating fanatic. When she’s not renovating, she’s writing about it on various websites.