Getting a good night’s sleep can set the tone for your day – and even your week. When your mattress is less than perfect for your needs, it can not only cause interrupted sleep, but it can also contribute to body aches and pains. If your mattress is preventing you from getting the glorious rest you need, it may be time for a replacement. Here are some things to consider when buying a new mattress.
Determining your budget is an important step to finding a mattress that suits you best. While good mattresses can be pricey, they are typically worth the investment! One way to cut costs is by purchasing your mattress directly from the manufacturer instead of a third-party detailer. If your budget is very tight, we advise shopping around during major holiday weekends for sales!
Your Sleep Position
Some people sleep on their sides; others sleep on their stomachs or backs. Regardless, your sleep position influences your comfort and what type of mattress you should look for.
- Back sleepers are typically most comfortable on a medium firmness mattress. Rating between 5-7 in firmness.
- Side sleepers place a lot of their weight in a concentrated area, meaning they need pressure relief. The ideal mattress firmness rating is 4-6.
- Stomach sleepers need firmer mattresses. If the mattress is too soft, it can cause the hips and spine to misalign. The preferred firmness rating is 7 or higher.
Your weight can impact support level, sinkage, cooling, and feel. Body weight is divided into three categories to help define the mattress firmness needed.
- 130 pounds or less: Anyone weighing less than 130 pounds doesn’t easily sink into a bed and can typically sleep well on a mattress rated between 4-6 in firmness.
- 130-230 pounds: The average weight for this category is 180 pounds; the best choice is a mattress rated between 5-7 in firmness.
- Over 230 pounds: This weight group places more pressure on their mattress and may have a higher potential for sinking. Firmer mattresses rating between 7-9 help avoid this.
Mattress material is more about personal preference. There are different mattress types to test if you’re looking to start fresh. The most common styles include:
- Innerspring Mattresses: Constructed with steel coils; they may bounce more but aren’t as durable.
- Foam Mattresses: This category includes memory foam and latex foam, both of which are great for relieving pressure.
- Hybrid Mattresses: Combination of foam and coils.
- Pillow-Top Mattresses: Have a layer of padding up to several inches on the top of the mattress.