The average person will spend 229,961 hours in their bed. That’s about one-third of their lifetime spent in bed.
This statistic can seem kind of depressing when you think about it as spending so much of your life in bed, but it doesn’t have to be! If you choose a mattress that you love, then you’re spending one-third of your life doing something enjoyable.
That’s why it’s so important to get the best mattress out there! But do you know how to pick a mattress that you love for better sleep?
If not, keep reading this guide to learn more!
1. Know Your Sleeping Needs
Before you choose a mattress, you need to know your needs. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I just getting a new mattress because this one is old and I need a new one?
- Does my mattress cause unnecessary pain when I wake up?
- Do I like the feel of my current mattress, or could it be a bit more firm or softer?
- Do I wake up feeling refreshed?
These questions will help you start your search for a new mattress. Answering these questions as honestly as possible will also help you find one that works for you.
For instance, if you find that your current mattress is too firm, you may need one that is a bit softer to help you sleep better. Or maybe it’s the opposite, and you sink too much into it when you sleep.
Either way, this will help you pick out a mattress. You now have in mind:
- The type of bed you like
- The firmness or softness that you want
2. Think About How You Sleep to Determine the Firmness of the Mattress
People sleep in all sorts of ways, but the most common three positions that people sleep in are on their side, back, or stomach. Each position actually has a type of mattress that provides optimal support for how you sleep. That is why it is important to know your position.
Back sleepers need a mattress that falls right in the middle of the spectrum – a medium-firm. This will prevent unnecessary lower back pain or a misalignment in the hips and spine.
So why a medium mattress?
This type of mattress will help to lift and set the spine in a neutral alignment while you sleep. This will alleviate any tension in the back and prevent any unnecessary pain from sleeping.
If you sleep on your stomach, it is the best idea to get a pretty firm mattress so that your hips stay in line with your shoulders, which will help your spinal alignment as well.
While you should stick with a firm mattress, this doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be too hard or uncomfortable. You still want to make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep.
A side sleeper needs a mattress that forms to their body and the curves. This is because when you sleep on your side, there are parts of the body that are not supported, or some that are supported more than others. This means side sleepers need a softer mattress to protect the joints that they are laying on.
3. Decide on a Material for Your Mattress
Once you have an idea of what type of firmness you want, you need to decide which material is best for you.
There is the oldest type of mattress – the innerspring – that is pretty much going out of style but is still on the market. The more popular materials are hybrid mattresses (a mix of different kinds of materials), foam mattresses, and latex mattresses.
Hybrid mattresses usually are on the medium side of firmness, while foam tends to be softer. Foam is usually a better option for side sleepers, while hybrid can be a great option for either back or stomach sleepers.
4. Choose the Size
One of the best parts about choosing a mattress is that you can pick from an assortment of sizes! Part of this may be dependent on the type of bed frame you have or the size of the room it is going in, but a big part of this is what size you want!
Choose from a twin, full, queen, or king-size bed. King is a great option for couples since there is optimal sleeping space for both people. Queen and full-sized beds are pretty roomy if it is just you.
5. Determine Your Mattress Budget
The not-so-fun part of mattress shopping is determining your budget. Once you do this, you’ll know what you’re working with to decide on which type of bed to get.
For instance, if you want a foam mattress, this could range anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. Obviously, the more you spend, the better the mattress will be (this is not always the case, but most of the time, is it).
How to Pick a Mattress for Better Sleep
Now that you know how to pick a mattress, you should be getting better sleep in no time!
When looking, be sure to think about how you sleep at night, how you feel in the morning, the size you want, and the budget you have to work with for your mattress purchase.
If you are ready to get a new mattress today, check out our options online! Once you get a mattress, you can look at some of our bedding materials as well.