Even though we spend averagely one-third of our lives in bed, it is quite strange that we seem to be pretty much clueless about what we should be looking out for and what to avoid when buying a mattress. As a result, people tend to make the wrong choice or are fleeced by unscrupulous salespersons at the stores. Some extremely common selection of mattress mistakes that you should take care to avoid:
1. Relying Solely on Someone Else’s Experience
This is not to suggest that you should never ask for other people’s opinions about their mattress buying and using experience, but you should appreciate that your body type can be quite different. Every person also has his own preference regarding the level of comfort; some may like surfaces that are firmer while others may prefer a softer mattress. The difference in sleeping positions can also have a big impact on what is right for you. Instead of asking for specific brand and model recommendations, you should ask about the quality of the buying experience, the extent of knowledge and helpfulness of the salespeople and the delivery cost.
2. Thinking Comfort to Be the True Indicator of a Good Mattress
Strange as it may sound, you need to look beyond just comfort when you’re buying a mattress. Even some of the really cheap mattresses can deliver a good level of comfort but you may be let down by a very poor degree of support. The quality of materials and construction are very important factors for judging the durability of a mattress. Get to know the pros and cons of the different materials used in mattress construction so that you are not pushed into making the wrong decision at the store. Referring to a live and sleep mattress review can be quite educative.
3. Buying a Mattress That Is Too Soft or Too Firm
It is a very common fallacy that firm mattresses are the best to sleep better, and the firmer a mattress is the better it is. Choosing too firm a mattress leads to the creation of pressure points that prevents the body from relaxing completely and you end up tossing and turning the entire night in search of comfort. Inadequate sleep will lead to your waking up tired and irritable and in the long run cause stress, which can cause both physical and psychological issues. Even a mattress that is too soft is not a good buy because the alignment of the spine will not be ideal, as a result of which, you could end up having back pain and other health problems.
It is not enough to just press on the mattress with your hand or lie on it for a minute or two for finding out whether it’s the right choice. Carry your pillow along and lie down on the mattress for at least 15 minutes in your usual sleeping position to see if it indeed feels right. Try and opt for a manufacturer that allows a really extended trial period after which you can still return it and get a full refund. Do not allow the price or the brand name to influence your decision too much.