You’re ready to shop for a new mattress, but where should you start? Here are our recommendations to make the buying process a breeze.
We spend nearly a third of our lives asleep, so it is important to give yourself time to make sure you choose the product that’s best for you. If you have identified your preferred retailer, set aside at least 30 minutes to test mattresses. When you consider that you may sleep on your mattress for more than 20 years, you owe it to yourself to consider your options carefully.
Lie on at least 6 mattresses for 3 minutes each. You may test out more than 6, but it is important to make sure that you spend at least 3 minutes on each one. Remember that the longer you lie down, the more relaxed you’ll be, so it may be in your best interest to increase the time for each mattress.
The longer you stay in the mattress store, the more likely it is that you will grow tired - you will naturally become lethargic the longer you lie on mattresses. Thus, when you find the mattress that feels the best, make sure to take a break from lying on it. You want to be sure that you truly like it and that it doesn’t just feel nice because you’re getting tired. Take a short walk around the store or sit up for a period of time to refresh yourself, then return to the bed you preferred. If you still like the way it feels, you may have identified your next bed.
Make sure your partner will enjoy sleeping on your new mattress. If you have children or pets that sleep with you, consider their size when choosing a mattress size.
When you are tired, you are more likely to enjoy the mattress you are lying on, regardless of your true preference. To get the most accurate impression of a bed, make sure you feel well rested. We suggest visiting the retailer between 10:00 am - 11:00 am or between 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
If applicable, talk with the sales associate about your current mattress and foundation. Be prepared to talk about how you feel when you sleep on it. Do you wake up with pain? Do you have allergies? Do you have trouble breathing? Tell your sales associate how you feel when you wake up and good to bed.