4 Tips for Choosing the Right Mattress

As a hard-working mom, it goes without saying that you deserve the best night of sleep possible. From taking care of your kiddos to keeping the household running smoothly, you need your 40 winks. If you find that you're waking up sore and feeling tired, it may be time to replace your mattress. Here's how to find the best fit for you and your bedroom.

Decide on a style

When your parents were shopping for a new mattress, they pretty much had one choice: an innerspring, perched on top of a box spring base. Nowadays, you have a much larger selection from which to choose, so doing some homework prior to buying will help you select the most comfortable mattress for you. A memory foam mattress, for example, comes in a variety of thicknesses and is a good option for people who suffer from neck and back pain. As a bonus, if you or your spouse toss and turn a lot during the night, a memory foam mattress will absorb the vibrations, preventing the other person from waking up.
The classic innerspring mattress of yore is still an option; it tends to be the least expensive and offers the biggest selection. For added comfort, you can buy an innerspring with a pillowtop layer or infused gel. Adjustable air mattresses are also available; these usually feature foam on the top and also the option to customize the firmness of each side.

Determine a size

If you and your partner are crammed into a full-sized bed — and your little ones are notorious for joining you around midnight — getting a larger mattress is a good idea. If you are unsure if a king-sized bed will fit in your room, grab a tape measure and see if the mattress, which is 76x80 inches, will work — be sure to leave room around the mattress for nightstands and getting in and out of the bed comfortably. You can also Google any other mattress size to find and check its dimensions.

Give mattresses a “test lie”

Once you have an idea of what type of mattress you want, it’s time to try them out. Dress in loose clothes with slip-on shoes and head to some local mattress stores to “test lie” their products. Spend five to 10 minutes on every mattress you are considering and check how it feels on your back, stomach and side.

Set a budget

A mattress should be thought of as an investment in your health and well-being. So while you might not want to shell out thousands of dollars for a high-end brand, you should set aside enough money to put you in the luxury end of the market. A ballpark amount for a mattress is $800-$1,000, which will give you plenty of high-quality options. Avoid mattresses that are less than $500, as they tend to break down quickly and will need to be replaced that much sooner.

Enjoy your nightly trip to the land of nod

Buying a new mattress can and should take some time — after all, you are spending one-third of your life in bed, so you want to be sure you are getting something well made, comfortable and supportive and a decent size. By researching the different makes and models and trying them out in person, those mornings of waking up tired and uncomfortable will soon be a distant memory.

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