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Mattress Shopping Tips

If you’re in the market for a new mattress and you’re not sure what you’re doing, there is plenty of information out there on the advantages and disadvantages of firm vs. soft, traditional innerspring vs. foam, and natural vs. manmade materials. The one thing that everybody seems to agree on is that if your mattress is ten years old or older, and you’re finding yourself waking up feeling achy or sore in the morning, then it’s definitely time to go shopping. Though we highly recommend that you take the time to really educate yourself about different mattress features, we’re also offering some random pieces of advice that we’ve collected over the years, in the hope that they will provide you with additional, common sense assistance.

• If you’ve decided on a traditional innerspring mattress rather than memory foam, restrict yourself to a minimum of 350 coils for a full size mattress, 480 for a queen and 580 for a king. In addition to the number of coils, you should also pay attention to the coils themselves, and stay away from any bed whose coils have been turned less than five times.

Latex Mattresses are an excellent alternative to innerspring mattresses. Latex Mattresses are an excellent alternative to innerspring mattresses.

• If you’re not sure about what size mattress to buy, a good rule of thumb regarding length is that it should be at least six inches longer than the tallest person sleeping on it. • Firmness is always a tough question to answer — people are under the impression that they need firm, but don’t necessarily find it comfortable. Mattress experts say that if you’re not sure, your best bet is likely a medium-firm style, which will prevent you from sinking too deeply but still provide you with support. • If you’re considering a memory foam mattress, consider purchasing one that has an open-cell construction to provide maximum breathability. This is a particularly important thing for those who tend to run hot at night, or women who are going through menopause. • Take the time to really test a mattress, no matter how uncomfortable you may be with the whole process of laying down in the showroom in front of a room full of strangers. Mattress experts say that you have to lie on a mattress for a minimum of ten minutes for your body to relax, and that’s the only way that you’re going to get a good sense for what feels good. No only do you need to take the appropriate amount of time, but you should approximate your sleep position as closely as possible. Take off your shoes, lay in the position that you normally assume in bed, and give consideration to bringing your pillow with you so that things are as close to normal as they can be. • When in doubt about whether a mattress is firm enough, the experts say that you should err on the side of more firmness, if only because your purchase will lose firmness over the years to come.

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