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How To Choose A Mattress?

We spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping and as a result, it's very important to select the best possible mattress you can afford.  Buying a mattress that provides you with the proper support and comfort is an investment in your health and wellbeing.

Do You Need A New Mattress?

Your mattress can still feel comfortable long after the ability to provide your body with proper support is lost.  You will know it is time to buy a new mattress and foundation when:

  • Your sleep set is 7 years old or older
  • Your not sleeping well at night
  • You are stiff, numb, or have aches and pains when you wake up
  • You have a better night's sleep when you stay at a hotel or friend's guest room
  • Your mattress has physical signs of overuse such as sags, lumps, etc.

Take A Comfort Test

Everyone has varying preferences of comfort depending on their body type, sleep position, etc.  Therefore one person may sleep better on a firm mattress, while another yearns for a plusher or softer feel.  No comfort level is better than another; it is all personal preference.  If you are not sure of your comfort preference, or just want to reinforce what you think your preference is, simply take a comfort test at Mattress World.  Ask the salesperson to show you a model in Firm, Medium or Cushion Firm, and Plush.  You should lie down on each model for 7 - 10 minutes to ensure that your body "feels" the mattress.

Don't Forget The Pillow: The Bed For Your Head!

At Mattress World we have a variety of pillows to suit your preferences.  Firm to Soft, optimized for side sleepers or back sleeper, we have them all.  When you are testing a new mattress you need to use a proper pillow suited to your needs.  If our sales consultants forget to suggest one, just ask us and we will find the one that will help you complete your sleep experience!

Lie Down In Your Typical Sleeping Position

The best way to test a mattress for comfort and support is to lie down the way you would at home.  If possible remove your footwear and any bulky jackets or sweaters.  If you start off on your back when you fall asleep, do so in the store as well.  Then roll over or stretch out to ensure you test your various sleeping positions you experience during a normal night.  Don't underestimate the importance of trying out the mattress on the same side you would at home as well.  The key is to make sure you experience the mattress as close as possible to how it would be in your home.

Evaluate the Comfort And Support Of The Mattress

Keep in mind that comfort level is different from support level.  The support of the mattress comes from the core.  These cores can be made up of innersprings, foams, or other materials.  When you are evaluating the support of the mattress you are focussing on if the mattress is conforming to your body shape.  Concentrate on how your shoulders, hips, and lower back feel while lying on the mattress.  The comfort of the mattress comes from the upholstery.  These layers are made up of various foams and fibres designed to give varying levels of firmness or plushness.  Comfort is a matter of personal preference, but is just as important as support.  Once you find the right balance between how the bed feels, and how the bed conforms, you will know that you have found the right bed for you!

Partners Should Always Test A Mattress Together

If you sleep with a partner, you should try a mattress together.  This is the best way to ensure you are both happy with the comfort, support, and the size of the bed.  You may be surprised to see how much more personal space you can achieve by moving up a size.  Did you know:  King beds offer 25% more sleep surface than a Queen!