These tips were provided by CertiPUR-US.
May is Better Sleep Month and to celebrate I’ll be sharing a few posts about getting a better night’s sleep.
The right mattress is synonymous with good sleep and helps you wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause sleeplessness, back pain, aches and pains, and can be a contributing cause to health problems.
I suffer from back pain that stemmed from carrying oversized rucksacks during basic training when I first joined the Army. The pain got worse over the years and nowadays I have to be very careful of what type of mattress I sleep on.
I’m desperately in need of a new bed and have been searching for mattresses for months. With the range of choices and the sheer number of models available, finding the right mattress can seem more daunting than buying an automobile or insurance plan.
These four tips you need to know before you buy a new mattress can help you navigate the route to a better night’s sleep:
- Look “under the hood.” How a mattress “feels” varies widely among innerspring, foam, gel, pillow top, airbeds, adjustables or hybrids. Do your research and enlist a salesperson to explain the different styles and how they compare in terms of comfort, support, durability, and performance.
- Test-drive or order on-line… these days it’s your choice. Lying on a variety of mattresses to see what feels just right to you can still the best way to determine your best sleep surface. That said, many consumers like the convenience of buying a “bed in a box.” If you order on-line, be sure you understand shipping and return policies.
- Size matters. If you are sharing your bed, make you have turning room. A healthy person moves 40 to 60 times a night and makes lots of full-body turns. A bigger bed will give you and your turning partner the freedom of motion you both need for a sound sleep. Need to measure your room first? These dimensions will come in handy:
Twin 39” x 75”
Twin XL 39” x 80”
Full 54” x 75”
Full XL 54” x 80”
Queen 60” x 80”
King 76” x 80”
Calif. King 72” x 84”
- Be sure it contains certified foam. Consumers who care about what’s in the products they bring into their home are increasingly demanding that the foam in their mattresses and pillows be certified through the CertiPUR-US® program, a foam certification program for bedding and upholstered furniture administered by a not-for-profit organization. Certified foams meet strict standards for content, emissions, and durability and are tested and analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories. To find companies and brands offering mattresses containing certified foam, check this list: www.certipur.us/listings. Pretty much, most of the mattress brands you’re familiar with are certified.
When you consider that we spend about third of our lives in bed – and the quality of that time affects our waking hours as well – it pays to invest time and care in choosing the right mattress.