Since the ever-expanding movement aiming to improve consumer’s overall health swept the nation, consumers have been obsessed about finding the perfect mattress. It’s not enough for a bed to give supreme support and comfort. People are now also after unorthodox benefits like the bed imparting some curative or healing effects to the sleeper.
While the idea of finding the perfect bed may sound difficult, even impossible, for most consumers, a mattress store says that making the right choice shouldn’t be hard–-all you need is a basic understanding of what your body needs for a good night’s sleep.
The quest for the perfect mattress: Does it really exist?
Since people have their own unique body types, there really is no one-size-fits-all type of mattress. Bed manufacturers understand this, which is why they continuously develop and produce beds that address specific needs of particular types of people.
The best thing to do is to conduct an actual ‘rest test’ where you literally lie down on a mattress and gauge its three biggest features: space, comfort, and support. If you are sharing the mattress, then it might be best to bring the other person along so you can compare notes.
In conducting the rest test, always lie down comfortably while trying out different sleeping positions. If you find yourself having difficulty rolling over, then it might be better to test another mattress.
Also, don’t be too quick in doing a rest test. Take as much time as you need in testing as many mattresses as you can. Remember, you’re expected to use a mattress for 10 to 15 years. You wouldn’t want to invest in a mattress, only to have it replaced early on in its service life.
Other Health Benefits that Matter
The challenge to many bed manufacturers is to produce a mattress that can give other health benefits aside from providing a good night’s rest. Nowadays, many consumers are turning to non-toxic or organic mattresses for health reasons. Other buyers are intent on purchasing mattresses that follows their body contours. Another emerging type of mattress, the hybrid bed, gets its own set of proponents for its curative effects.
When purchasing a bed, don’t shy away from asking questions about the mattress from the sales personnel, especially if you are particular about the materials that were used to build it. Are the fibers organic? If you have allergies you might ask if it is hypoallergenic.
Your personal preferences and physical requirements will help define the perfect bed. A good salesperson will have a lot of information that can help you find what you need. Don’t hesitate to ask the right questions and do actual tests on the mattress to find the one that will suit your needs best.
Sleep FAQ, BetterSleep.org
Mattress Buying Guide, ConsumerReports.org