How to Buy a Bed
- Do you suffer from sleeplessness?
- Are you waking up with headaches and/or muscular pains in the morning?
- Do you and your partner roll to the middle of the bed?
- Do you feel springs and ridges beneath the mattress’s surface when lying in bed?
- Is the bed more than 10 years old?
If you have answered yes to most of the questions above, then it is time for a new mattress.
Follow these easy steps on how to choose a new mattress
As with everything else you buy, you first need to do proper research on the product you are about to purchase. Find out if the mattress needs turning, how it is kept clean, what is the life cycle of the mattress, and more.
Buy your mattress from a trusted brand.
Are you looking for a Spring, Foam or Memory Foam mattress? Find out the differences between these type of mattresses and which one are best suited. The higher the quality of the mattress the longer its life-span the more expensive it will be.
Disturbances from our partners are a common cause of sleeplessness. Rather buy a bigger bed, like a King size bed to make sure that the 70 times we toss and turn a night will not disturb your partner. Also, make sure that your new bed is long enough. Before you go out to purchase your new bed, make sure that you have the measurements of your bedroom and all access points to it.
The most commonly purchased bed sizes are:
- Double (137 cm),
- Queen (152 cm) and
- King (183 cm) size beds.
Take a good day out of your busy schedule and test the bed you are looking for properly. Rest in your preferred sleeping position (whether its on your back or side) for as long as you feel you need to assess the bed’s comfort. Do not shop for beds when you are feeling tired, as all the mattresses will feel great.
To test for the correct support, lie on your back and slide your hand into the hollow of your back. If there is a gap, or if your hand slides in easily, the mattress is too firm for you. And vice versa: if you cannot slide your hand in, then the mattress is too soft. The mattress must feel supportive and mould to your body shape.
Sit on the edge of the mattress – it should be firm and not saggy.
If you suffer from back pain, firm beds can alleviate your back pain, but an overly firm bed may aggravate your condition. Rather consult your local doctor or chiropractor to find out what mattress would be best for your back pain.