What Kind of Mattress to Buy

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topic: mattress and bed linens
by Joe C

What to Consider When Buying a New Mattress

Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep. With the fast pace of today's world, the number of obligations we meet everyday, and the growing number of back and health problems facing society, a good mattress can make all the difference in providing one of the resources our bodies need most: sleep.

Mattress technology has advanced to meet the needs of all kinds of sleepers:

  • Back sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers
  • Side sleepers
  • Heavy sleepers
  • Sleepers with chronic back pain

A mattress should be both firm and flexible at once. But "firm" doesn't mean "hard"; your mattress should be comfortable in addition to healthy. It should provide good rest through support of your back, pelvis, hips, and shoulders, preventing morning soreness and muscle fatigue.

Mattress Buying Tips

The best way to buy a mattress that is right for you is to determine your health needs and your sleeping style. For back sleepers, a good rule is to buy a mattress that is more firm. Side sleepers may benefit from a mattress that is more flexible.

Some mattresses bypass these individual needs altogether by providing technology that meets each type of sleeping preference. This mattress technology can be more expensive, but can also be worth every penny if it works for you.

Some good technical tips include "pocketed coil interspring" mattresses for people who aren't alone in their bed, and don't want to wake up every time their partner moves. Also, latex mattresses tend to be more resistant against bodily impressions, extending the life and comfort of your mattress.

 

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