Factors to Consider in Buying a New Mattress


Do you find it hard to sleep at night? Are you constantly in pain when you lie on your bed even just after a few minutes of reclining? Do you wake up feeling more tired than when you were about to get a slumber? Do not automatically think that this is some serious medical condition like insomnia. Chances are, you need to already replace your mattress.

Sophia Marquez-Zalehta, a resident in Singapore, shared how she finally managed to remedy her perennial sleeping problem, “I was quite sure it wasn’t insomnia because I am not the kind of person who put much thought on my daily problems. I am generally a happy person with a very positive outlook in life.  So, when I can’t sleep, it was never because I over-think things before I rest. When I get ready to bed, I make sure I have taken a shower, put on clean covers on my bed, and never hit the hay without wearing my PJs. I even play some soothing music just to induce sleep. It took a while before I realized that the mattress I bought on sale in the outskirt of Singapore, may be the culprit. It was a second-hand mattress. When I investigated, it turns out there are springs that are bent on the wrong directions and the mattress smells like a rat had died on it. It was a lesson learned never to buy second hand item ever since.” She later on bought a natural latex mattress ona big warehouse in downtown Singapore and said she now find it easier to doze off.
If you have encountered a similar problem and you think it is high time to buy a new mattress, here are some guides and factors to consider should you decide to make that purchase.

Ask yourself what kind of mattress do you really need: This is in fact a matter of preference.  And with a lot of choices in the market, it can be confusing to find the best fit for you. There are hybrid mattress which combines latex, memory, polyurethane foams, coils, and other materials. There are certain combinations like the memory foam + latex  hybrid  that can deliver a better bounce, responsiveness and cooling while also promising to give good amount of pressure relief. Make a list of things you want out of the bed you are to buy. Do you want it to be thinner? More firm? An extra 10 inch long? Make sure you consider all these things before making a purchase.

Talk to your doctor: If you are bothered that you may have been developing some bad back spasm for a long time now, it might be better to seek the advice of a doctor first before buying that mattress. Some doctors prescribe using orthopaedic mattress for people who have serious and recurring back, neck, and shoulder problems that they are even prohibited from using pillows. Do not hesitate to seek help because these experts always know better.

Shop around:  While you may have your eyes set on a specific mattress, find time to shop around as you have a lot of options for sure. Mattresses come in different sizes, forms, thickness, firmness, style, and prices. It is wise to first study your options as you might find some cheaper deals as you look for the best candidate. If you have more time to spare, do not feel the rush to buy instantly without checking out other stores. Often, there are deals and promos that may benefit you more.

Take the mattress to a test drive: As a customer, you have the right to test the quality of any item you are about to buy. This is true too for mattresses. Try to lie on the bed for 8-12 minutes. Take your time. If you feel no discomfort and you were even able to take a short nap, then perhaps you got yourself a winner. Do not be conscious if people are looking or if the sales rep is hurrying you. No client should ever be bothered when he is on a serious task of testing the product.

Pay attention to the warranty: According to spine-health.com, “A good mattress will have a minimum of a 10 year full replacement or non-prorated warranty.” Always ask about the warranty of the mattress and never lose that piece of paper. You’ll never know when you might need it.

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