You’ve probably heard most of the advice for getting a better night’s sleep: Don’t have caffeine in the afternoon or at night. Don’t put a TV or use a tablet in the bedroom. Don’t go to sleep too late.
These tips, while useful, don’t get to the heart of the problem—your mattress. Since you spend about a third of your day (and your life) sleeping, the wrong mattress will hurt your back and cause restless, interrupted sleeping, ruining your daytime hours.
Signs That You May Need a New Mattress
Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine if you have the wrong mattress:
- Is your mattress more than eight years old?
- Does your back hurt while you’re trying to sleep?
- Do you wake up with aching joints and muscles?
- Does your back hurt during the day?
- Do you often toss and turn during the night?
- Do you sleep well in a different bed, perhaps at a hotel?
- Can you feel the springs in the mattress?
- Are you bothered when your partner rolls over?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to head out to a mattress store — and you can enjoy a restful night of sleep again!
Mattresses Fix Sleep Problems
Today’s mattress technology solves the most common problems that people have when trying to get a good night’s sleep. With a new mattress, you’ll benefit from:
- Excellent Support. The components in older mattresses sometimes start breaking down within just a year or two, which means that the level of support you receive at night will be uneven at best. Picking a mattress that provides the right support for your back and your body will help to eliminate the aches and pains that plague you in the morning.
- Reduced Tossing and Turning. A balanced mattress not only gives you a more rested sleep, it will also allow your partner to more comfortably sleep, too. Many mattresses also have a special coil system that reduces motion on a bed, so even if your partner moves around at night, you won’t feel it.
- No Overheating. Mattresses now include breathable material that allows increased airflow to circulate throughout the mattress. This helps to wick away moisture, while keeping the surface temperature balanced.
- More Responsiveness. Memory foam mattresses give you individualized support that molds to the shape of your body, enveloping you and giving you a deep, restful sleep. Most memory foam is made with a special gel that keeps your body cool, even during the deepest sleep and through warm summer nights. This foam is also good for those people with circulation issues, and it becomes more popular every year.
How to Find the Right Mattress
It’s important to spend at least a few hours looking for a mattress. This is likely to be a 10-year investment, so you’ll want to buy one with the right materials and support for you. To test out mattresses, lie down on at least three that are of the same quality but have varying firmness or plushness. Also pay close attention to how fully supported your body feels on the mattress, because that is what will help you remain asleep throughout the night. Once you’ve determined the feel that you want your mattress to have, you can then pick a mattress. Look for:
- High-quality and/or double-strung coils that provide needed support, especially in the middle of the mattress.
- Boxsprings that will fit in your home—if that’s a concern, be sure to get a two-piece box set.
- Border rods that prevent the edge of the mattress from breaking down after several years of use.
Once you’ve settled on a mattress, you can finally begin to enjoy a good night’s rest. It’s just one change—and it will make all the difference.