Learn How to Find the Right Mattress for Your Individual Needs
How do you know what mattress is right for you?
Every person has unique support and comfort needs, which means there is no one-size-fits-all mattress choice. Here is some useful information to help you find the right mattress.
Don't worry. Mattress shopping should be a comfortable experience
You know you need to replace your worn out mattress but there are so many mattress options available today that it can seem like a daunting task to find the right mattress. While new mattress technologies and the influx of new mattress manufacturers and retailers offer more mattress choices than ever, the sheer magnitude of choices can be overwhelming. But there is no need to fret. After all, laying around on some mattresses should be a comfortable experience. We've assembled some great information about how to find the right mattress, so you can educate yourself before you try out any new mattresses.
What you need to know when you start looking for a new mattress
It’s time to replace your mattress, so you jump online and start looking for the right mattress. You find gel memory foam, hybrid mattresses, Broyhill, Serta and Tempur-Pedic. You can choose a between a pillowtop mattress or a firm mattress. But how do you know which mattress is best for you? You can read multiple reviews on mattresses from many different retailers and manufactures. Or you can poll your friends and family. The big problem with either of those solutions is that neither of these people are you. What may be good for your neighbor, friend or some random reviewer on the internet, may not be right for you. You may find a glowing mattress review on a mattress that is not right for you. Each individual has unique support needs and comfort preferences. Let's take a look at some items you should consider before you even start looking for a new mattress.
What are the issues you are looking to address with a new mattress?
Maybe you’re lucky and you just need to replace a worn out mattress because it’s old. Or you might have back pain, hip pain, or neck pain, causing you discomfort and diminishing the quality of your sleep. An old, worn out mattress is lacking support and can cause pressure points. Pressure points can create a tingling sensation in your arms or legs, which cause you to move around during the night, thus disrupting your sleep cycles. Ask yourself these questions:
- What areas of your body experience pain or discomfort throughout the night or in the morning?
- Are you a side sleeper, back sleeper or stomach sleeper?
- Do you toss and turn excessively?
- Do you sleep hot?
- Does your partner's movement disturb you at night?
- Do you feel rested when you wake in the morning?
Tip: Pay attention to where you are experiencing discomfort and pain throughout the night. Keep a record of the issues you are experiencing so that you can provide your Sleep Expert with an accurate report of your sleep-related issues.
Now that you've identified your issues, you can look for mattress solutions to suit your particular needs
So, you've determined that you experience shoulder pain, excessive tossing and turning and you're always hot at night. Which mattress is best for those particular ailments you ask?
We need to dig a little deeper to determine the best mattress for your needs. Let's look at the fictitious example of the football player and the gymnast.
We are going to examine how different people have different support needs. So, our fictional football player is a large man and needs more support than our petite gymnast. When the football player lies down in a soft mattress, he will not be supported. A soft mattress does not offer support for a larger person and can cause pain and discomfort from the lack of support. Conversely, when the gymnast lies down on a firm mattress, support would not be an issue but she will not get very good pressure relief. The key takeaway here is that each individual has different support needs. So, how do you find out the right support level for your individual needs?
Use our Patented Sleep Metrics Diagnostic Test to determine the right mattress
Our patented diagnostic tool, Sleep Metrics, uses your sleep-related input and our pressure mapping technology to analyze your body’s support needs to determine the proper support level for you. Our Sleep Experts are trained to use this technology to find the right mattress for you. Try it online or at any of our 15 St. Louis Metro and Metro East area locations.
Consult a mattress professional
The average person replaces their mattress every 8-10 years. The technology and materials used in mattresses are constantly evolving. A good mattress professional can help identify the best mattress choices because they are knowledgeable about how different mattresses offer differing support and comfort options. Many retailers have a "comfort guarantee" but you'll be much happier if you can get the right mattress on your first purchase!
When is the best time to buy a new mattress?
Should you wait for the “sale of the century” or is 50% off enough? Many mattress retailers typically run mattress sales all the time – every other weekend or on the holidays or when the sun is shining. If there is always a sale, is it really a sale? How do you know what the real price is, if it is always changing? If you mark your mattress prices up to then discount them by the same amount, is that really a sale? We suggest you find a retailer that offers the guaranteed lowest price(link to low price page) with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Should I buy my new mattress online?
Online mattress sales are growing by the day and there are many great mattress options that can be shipped right to your door. Memory foam and gel memory foam mattresses, engineered latex foam mattresses and hybrid mattresses are just some of the mattress options that can be purchased online. However, if you have the chance to shop a trusted retailer displaying trusted brands, you may find that a Sleep Expert can guide you through the testing process to find the right mattress for you. Laying down on the mattresses and experiencing how the different types of mattresses offer differing levels of comfort and support with the help of a Sleep Expert can greatly increase your satisfaction with choosing the right mattress.
What types of mattresses are available?
Shopping for a new mattress can be easier if you familiarize yourself with the types of mattresses available in the market today. Here are the major types of mattresses:
Memory Foam Mattresses
Visco Elastic Memory Foam was developed by NASA for the space program almost 50 years ago. Memory Foam was introduced into the mattress market in the early '90's and has been constantly evolving since then. Memory Foam is a dense, supportive and temperature sensitive foam designed to contour your body's unique shape to relieve pressure points. This pressure relief allows you to reach the deep REM sleep, which is the stage of sleep that is most restorative for your body and mind.
Hybrid mattresses are a new twist on an old favorite. Traditional innerspring mattresses have been a staple of the mattress industry for over 80 years. The hybrid mattress combines the best technology of the traditional innerspring mattress with the newest memory foams to create a truly unique sleep surface. The responsiveness of the spring unit allows sleepers to move around in bed easier. Hybrid mattresses are classified as either quilted top or smooth top. The quilted top hybrid mattress allows for a firmer and more traditional feel, while the smooth top hybrid feels more like a memory foam bed.
Latex Foam Mattresses
Natural Latex Foam is incredibly responsive, breathable, and conforming. Natural Latex® Foam adjusts immediately as you change position in bed, unlike memory foam which is a dense, slow moving foam. This responsiveness provides a consistent support and feel from the moment you lay down until the moment you awaken, allowing your body to rest deeply. Natural Latex® foam is very breathable, which means that air circulates through the latex foam, keeping the sleeping surface at a consistent temperature for your body. The IntelliTemp™ Phase Change Technology, built into the cover of the Thomasville® Latex mattresses, allows the cover fabric to heat up or cool down in response to your body temperature, providing consistent comfort all night long.
Premium Air Beds
Individually adjust the comfort and support on either side of the mattress in the Lumbar section as well as the Head and Feet. The Lumbar Adjustment on the Thomasville Six Chamber AirBed allows for more precise control of the support in the lumbar region of the mattress. This 6 Chamber Technology enables each sleeper to control the firmness in the Head, Lumbar, and Feet sections of the mattress. Two ergonomic LCD Hand Controls make changing the firmness or softness of the mattress as easy as the touch of a button. Firmness levels range 100 to 1, allowing more precise control of the firmness or softness.
Also known as coil mattresses or spring beds, innerspring mattresses are constructed with a coil spring system and layers of foam on top that are quilted into a firm top, plush top, euro top or pillow top.
Waterbeds offer outstanding pressure relief and conforming comfort for a great night's sleep. Waterbeds can assist in easing lower back pain by providing contouring support in the lumbar region. Side Sleepers can find improved pressure relief for shoulders and hips because of the way the waterbed mattress contours to their body, allowing their shoulders and hips to push into the mattress. Waterbed mattresses are great for contouring to each individuals shape providing targeted support where you need it most.