Guest Blogger #484, Entry #1118, April 23, 2012
There is one place in your home where you consistently spend six to eight hour of your time: your bed. Whether we’re sleeping, lounging, up watching television or reading, your bed is your refuge from the outside world and the one place you can relax and regroup.
Therefore, it’s very important to make sure you are sleeping with the proper mattress for your body type, as the importance of getting a good night’s rest cannot be understated. We spend lots of time updating our rooms so they are aesthetically pleasing, and keep our mattresses for far too long because we don’t actually see them underneath the sheets, blankets, and pillows.
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With so many brands and types to choose from, mattress shopping can be slightly overwhelming. Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are ready to improve your sleep at night:
Firm or Soft?
A mattress that is too soft can cause back pain, while one that is too firm can put pressure on the hips. Much like Goldilocks, you want to find the mattress that is “just right.” This means it’s supportive and firm but not rock hard, and it contours to the shape of your body.
Innerspring or Memory Foam?
Memory foam mattresses contour to the shape of your body as you sleep. The foam absorbs movement, and are good for people who have a hard time getting comfortable. They also reduce pressure points and can relieve muscle pain. Innerspring mattresses are the most popular and widely used type of mattress, featuring coil springs. They’re also one of the most versatile mattresses, as they are available with a variety of toppers, from memory foam to pillow top.
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Full, Queen, or King?
Cramped sleeping conditions can make you lose sleep. Queen beds tend to be the most popular choice, as they fit nicely in most bedrooms but give you more space than a full. The average sleeper moves up to 30 times during the night, so if you or your partner are especially restless, opt for the biggest size that makes the most sense space-wise in your room.
Take your time when purchasing a mattress. Lay on the bed for 10 to 15 minutes in the position you generally fall asleep in to really get a feel for how it contours to your body.
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