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How to Choose a Mattress



How to Choose a Mattress


Your mattress is one
of the most important furniture purchases you will make for your home.
Most people spend at least a third of every day in bed, and over the
life of a good mattress, you could be spending more than 1,200 full days
lying on it.  Obviously,
it’s important that it be very comfortable! 
The wrong bedding can cause muscle and joint aches, restless
nights, and exhaustion throughout the day. 
Here are some tips for how to choose a mattress that will help
you to wake refreshed and to feel wonderful throughout the day.

  • If you are testing
    a mattress in a bed store, sit on it for a moment to test its
    quality.  It should not feel lumpy or limp.  When you stand up again, the mattress should spring
    immediately back into place, rather than slowly resuming its shape.
  • Once you have
    found a mattress that feels comfortable when sitting on, test it
    lying down with your shoes off. 
    If you are sharing your bed with another person, you should
    test it together.
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  • Take your time
    while lying on a mattress to test it. 
    Problems are not always immediately apparent. 
    Wait at least ten to fifteen minutes to decide whether the
    bed is comfortable.

  • Don’t just lie
    on your back.  Test your
    favorite sleeping positions, including resting on your side and
    stomach.  If you feel
    any pressure points, the mattress will probably not be comfortable
    during the night.

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  • A good mattress
    should not sag or slope.

  • Understand how
    mattresses work.  The
    number and placement of the coils inside the mattress determine the
    level of support.  The
    right coil placement for you will support your back and neck while
    allowing for the natural curves of your body. 
    The coils should also not creak or poke through the mattress.

  • Most mattresses
    have a thick layer of padding over the coils. 
    This determines how comfortable and soft a mattress is.

The right mattress is very much
a matter of personal taste.  Be
sure to take your time to find the bedding that best suits your needs,
because it will have a major effect on your everyday life.


Article provided courtesy of
Bedding Plus – a resource for teen
girl bedding, bed
comforters and luxury bedding.

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