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The How-To Lounge: Mattress Shopping

How well do you sleep? Over 70% of Americans don't get enough sleep or quality sleep, and yet choosing the right bed doesn't rank up there with other important purchases, like buying a car. While many other factors could be contributing to your poor sleep, it might be time to get serious about your rest and consider a new mattress.

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Shopping for a new mattress can be a confusing process, but finding your perfect match will be worth the frustration, I promise. There are many factors to consider for this big ticket item: brand, size, fabrication, construction and firmness. Keep these tips in mind when you begin the search.

  • Be prepared to spend a chunk of change. A mattress set can range anywhere from $500-$5,000
  • Try to focus on comfort, durability and construction instead of the price tag when looking at your options. We spend roughly one third of our lives in bed; you want to think of this as a health investment
  • If you're in a relationship, shop with your sleep partner. Spend time together on the different beds, and be aware that you shouldn't feel too much movement from the other person. Spend a good 10-15 minutes on the bed and try to get a real feel for it. If the sales associate is hovering and you're self-conscious, tell them you'd like some time alone to really focus on how the bed feels
  • Inform the sales associate about your sleeping habits. Let them know if you sleep on your side, back, or stomach, and if you have any neck or back issues. This will help them to direct your search
  • If you don't use a platform, be sure to purchase a new box spring with the mattress. They're made to work together
  • Don't let the sales associate intimidate or pressure you. Stay focused on your comfort and the quality of your investment
  • The best way to test a bed is to sleep on it. If you think you've found your winner, ask friends or a nearby hotel if they have the same bed and try it out for a night. That's how I knew it was true love with my tempurpedic

Temperature, stress, light and noise make an impact on the quality of your sleep. Still, your best sleep happens on the best mattress for you. Think of it as a necessity, not an indulgence! If you want to share any details about your bed and what makes it work for you, that might be a good way to pool our knowledge for the next mattress shopping trip.


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popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
I haven't considered upgrading my mattress but that is an interesting thought. I don't always sleep that well. I think I would have a hard time spending several thousand dollars on a bed, but if it would truly make a difference in how well I slept, it might be worth it. Either way, I'll probably wait. I helped friends move that had a $10,000 mattress and it was heavy as hell and they cried every time the mattress came within like 6 inches of the ground. So maybe I'll wait until I'm more permanently settled. :)
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
My boyfriend and I bought a wonderful pillow-top mattress from Sears last year! I love it, it's so comfortable that sometimes it's hard to make myself get out of bed!
wiggle wiggle 10 years
You spend one third of your life in bed, might as well make all those hours good one. I love my matteres (European sleep works) it was the first big purchase my husband and I made after we got married. I splurge on good sheets too!!!!
andaman andaman 10 years
If you can afford to spend serious money on it. I heard the great eastern hotel in london has the most comfortable mattress in the world! They have had quite a few customers asking about it. I think they started selling it because of that! I dare to think how comfortable the mattress at the madarin hotel in nyc will be? :)
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