Choosing Your Perfect Mattress - Good for yourself

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Tips for the most impacting piece of furniture you will buy
Most of us probably don't think about how much time we actually devote to our beds. If you sleep an average of 8 hours per day, and keep your mattress for ten years, you will have spent more than 29,000 hours on this piece of furniture. Because of this, choosing the perfect mattress is crucial. It is your most important piece of furniture, and will impact your attitude, your health, and your sense of well being. Putting a lot of thorough thought in your mattress decision will assure that you choose the best mattress.

Here are a few things you need to consider when choosing the mattress that best suits you:

Comfort

Comfort should be your utmost important factor when choosing a mattress. You want to choose a mattress that is both comfortable and supportive. It is best to try out several mattresses in order to pick which best suits your personal comfort level. It is very important to test out the mattress in the store for comfort before committing to purchasing the mattress. The best way to try out the mattress is to lie on the mattress for a period of at least fifteen minutes and note any points where it feels like you are not touching the mattress or where you believe that you are sinking into the mattress too far. Make sure that you pick a mattress of superior quality that would provide maximum comfort and support to all parts of your body, especially your back, neck, and hips.

Firmness

Everyone has their own personal desire of mattress firmness. It is up to you whether you want a hard or soft mattress. Do keep in mind, however, that an extremely soft mattress may seem cozy, but it may not be the best for your body. Soft mattresses tend to sag more easily and don't always provide proper spine alignment. On the other hand, mattresses that are too hard can cause stiffness in the joints. Therefore, it is best to look for a mattress that is neither too soft nor too hard to assure the best fit for your mind and body.

Size

Size is another important factor when choosing a mattress. Make sure you are aware of any size restrictions within your bedroom. There are four main types of mattresses that are suitable for various uses:

Twin - twin mattresses are the best size for most children, although not quite large enough for a single adult.
Full - these mattresses are perfect for the average individual. They provide adequate sleeping space, without compromising room space.
Queen - queen size mattresses are great for couples and are the most popular choice for bed sharing.
King - this is the largest sized mattress, allowing for an abundance of space and mobility in the bed. However, since these mattresses are large, it is important that you make sure your room is large enough to accommodate one.
Types of Mattresses

Before you choose the type of mattress you want, it is best that you determine what kind of sleeping experience you want, what is best for your physical needs, and your budget.  There are several different types of mattresses to choose from, and each will have several representatives in every price range. Every mattress falls in one of these three categories:

Inner Spring Mattresses

This mattress type has been around since people discovered that a mattress made of springs covered in some sort of padding was much more comfortable to sleep on than a mattress stuffed with straw or horsehair.
Sealy and Simmons are two of the most well known manufacturers of inner spring mattresses.
It is made up of steel coils and covered in layers of cushioning.
When you are shopping for an innerspring mattress set, you should look for several important things: the type of padding in the mattress, the type of coils being used, and how the box spring is made.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam was a substance first created and used by NASA in the early 1970's. The substance was used to sustain the impact of take off on the astronauts.
Memory foam mattresses should contain at least 2-3 inches of memory foam (or commonly known as visco elastic) to provide a more supportive and plusher mattress feel.
The densities of a memory foam mattress are more of a preference thing. Any memory foam mattress that comes complete with under 4lb of memory foam density will provide you with a softer feeling mattress. 5lb and over will provide a firmer feel.
A good memory foam mattress can last up to 10 years so is a worth while investment.

Air Bed Mattresses

Airbed mattresses are made with high density foam or high quality fibers over vulcanized rubber compartments that hold air.
Although you can also find air mattresses made with vinyl air compartments, you should avoid them because vinyl can stretch.

It is best to use these mattresses on a coil or solid steel box spring.
The quality of mattress directly affects your sleep. Make sure you buy a mattress that is comfortable and of high quality to assure you get the best product for your needs. It is important that you visit a mattress and furniture store with a wide range of products, and one that has experienced staff to help you. A mattress is a very impacting investment, and you want to reap the benefits for years to come!











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