6 Important Things You Need to Know Before Buying a New Mattress


Sleep is the most important thing in any person’s life. Without a good night’s sleep, a person is more likely to have a car accident and not be efficient at work. Proper sleep comes from having the right mattress.

Unfortunately, when a person goes mattress shopping, that person is relying on the salesman, to be honest, and factual about proper sleep and what mattress will be the best fit. Salesmen are there to do only one thing, make a sale.

Being a knowledgeable consumer about mattresses is the best way to avoid overpaying or buying the wrong mattress. Here are some tips and hints about what to look for and what not to buy when mattress shopping.

Before a person even goes to the mattress store to buy a new mattress, make sure they know what position they sleep in. Side sleepers and back sleepers need a different kind of mattress than a stomach sleeper.

If a person tosses and turns, that is a sign the mattress needs to be replaced. Find what position is most comfortable: side, back, stomach. This is only for a person who is looking for an innerspring (coiled) mattress, here are some tips:

1. Side Sleepers

Look for a plush or pillow-top mattress. When a person is on their side, the shoulders and hips, which are the heaviest points of the body, grind into the bed. The plush or pillow top cushion of the mattress keeps the pressure off the shoulders and hips from hitting the hard springs.

2. Back Sleepers

Look for a plush or pillow-top mattress. One of the biggest fallacies for back sleepers is those people need a firm bed. When a person is on their back, the firm mattress does not conform to the curves.

This leaves the back unsupported and causes pain. (Usually, the pain occurs in the lower back where the arch is at its greatest point). Having a pillow top or plush allows the comfort of the mattress to conform and support the person’s back.

3. Stomach sleepers

Look for a firm mattress. Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress because the back and shoulders need to be in a straighter position to produce maximum comfort. Foam mattresses are a lot different than innerspring mattresses.

Since there are no springs (coils) inside a foam mattress, the body does not get any resistance. Selecting a proper foam mattress is really going to come down to comfort. A firm foam mattress would still be the best recommended for a stomach sleeper though.

The biggest problem when selecting a foam mattress is selecting the right one. Foam mattresses are said to make a person sleep hotter and this is true, however, there is a reason.

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When a person is put into proper alignment, the blood flow is a lot better. No more needing four blankets, nor does a person have to sleep in socks when a foam mattress is slept on. One thing to remember when buying foam, the mattress takes 4 to 6 weeks to break in.

A person’s body has to be adjusted. If a person has slept on an innerspring only, the body is not used to being in proper alignment. There are so many foam mattresses on the market because foam is the technology in sleep. Buyer beware, foam is not for everybody. Here is what to look for when buying a foam mattress:

1. Gel Infused

While some gel-infused mattresses have been proven to sleep cooler, make sure the salesman is asked about feedback from customers. A person can also do an easy search on the internet and see what kind of reviews fellow buyers give each bed.

2. Visco Memory Foam

Visco memory foam is generic foam and has no gel or anything added to it. The mattresses are usually a bit cheaper but can break down much faster than some other foam mattresses.

3. Tempur Material

Tempur material is specially designed for Tempur-Pedic. Tempur-Pedic has many different selections with layers of foam and softness. Make sure to ask the salesman to show each bed according to a person’s comfort level.

During the sales process, a person must keep in mind that buying a mattress takes time. Do not buy a mattress on the first day. Try a few mattresses out, lay on a couple for at least 15 minutes, and get the salesman to write down the information. Do not be fooled by sales tactics that a sale is only for one day or that a salesman can give you a really good deal if a person buys now.

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Take time to really get to know what comfort level is best. Buying a mattress is not easy and requires a great deal of effort on the buyer’s part. Think about it for a day or two and then go back and try the mattresses that felt the best.

If a person can remember to take these few steps when buying a mattress, the sleep will be well worth it. Saving money and being able to have the proper night’s sleep is a win, win for everyone. The key is to know that the salesperson is not in charge of the sale, the person needing a good night’s sleep is in charge!