Before Buying A Mattress Topper: What’s the one thing you could say is true for every human being on this planet? What’s the one thing that binds us all in one thread? Is it love? Friendship? Pizza? Umm, maybe, maybe not.
The one thing, we would say, is true about every single person on the face of the Earth is that we all need, want, and love a good night’s sleep! (Yeah, we know it’s not the answer you’d expect but it’s true, isn’t it?).
All of us look forward to a sound sleep to recharge our batteries after a long and tiring day at work. But let’s be honest, how many of us actually feel re-energized after waking up in the morning? Not many, right? Why do you think that is the case? It shouldn’t be that difficult to sleep well, should it? A large portion of the blame would go (and rightfully so) to the amount of stress we put ourselves under. But don’t you think there’s also a correlation between the quality of sleep and the quality of the mattress we sleep in? Of course, there is!
A good, comfortable mattress can help you sleep and feel better. So it is imperative that you find a perfect mattress for yourself. If you are going out to find one for yourself right now or anytime in the future, here are 5 things you must know about before you go mattress topper shopping.
1. Get acquainted with the mattress’ materials and construction
Mattresses are made of either memory foam or innerspring. The latter consists of steel coils and comes in variants such as pillow top, gel-infused, etc. Memory foam is made up of latex or polyurethane foam, and it softens up and moulds itself according to your sleeping posture.
You need to ensure that the mattress you choose has the perfect balance of firmness and softness. If the bed is too firm, like many variants of innerspring beds are, then it could create uncomfortable pressure points and hurt your spine. On the other hand, a mattress too soft may sag and affect your posture, and consequently cause back pain.
2. Comfort matters
When you buy a mattress, nothing matters more than how comfortable you feel while sleeping in it. Even the most expensive mattress would fail to give you a great sleeping experience if you aren’t comfortable in it. Mattresses come in a number of variants, such as firm, plush, pillow top, and some personalized variants. The level of comfort on a specific mattress may be different for different people. So the only way to find out which type is the most comfortable for you is to try it yourself.
3. Know what size you need
Mattresses come in a wide variety of sizes – king size, queen size, full, twin, etc. What size works best for you depends on 2 things – whether you sleep alone or with a partner, and the size of your room. If you feel cramped in a narrow bed, or if you are constantly fighting with your partner for sleeping space, then it may be time to upgrade to a larger variant such as the queen (ideal for individuals seeking more space) or king (ideal for couples). If you have a small room and you have all of it to yourself, then a smaller bed would be nice as it won’t take up a lot of space in your room.
4. Choose a mattress that complements your sleeping position
Many people wake up to body pain and blame their awkward sleeping position for it. But few know that even a weird sleeping position may not cause pain if your mattress could offset the effects of that position. For instance, if you are a side sleeper, then a pillow top mattress would be the perfect choice for you as it supports the natural curve of your spine. A firmer mattress wouldn’t do that as efficiently. Your preferred sleeping position should determine your choice of mattress.
5. Don’t be shy to try before you buy
Testing a mattress before buying it is a little different from testing other products. Sleeping on a mattress for minutes in a store in front of strangers is an awkward proposition for most people. But a mattress doesn’t come cheap! A few minutes of awkwardness is well worth it if it helps you make the right choice. And those strangers aren’t going to help you if you end up with an uncomfortable mattress! So take your time to try a few mattresses before you settle on one.
Acquainting yourself with these 5 factors before you buy a mattress would help you in making a more informed decision, and would more or less ensure that you end up with the perfect mattress.