Nine in 10 respondents in a sleep survey cited their mattress as an important factor in getting that coveted good night’s rest. Americans love their beds so much, in fact, that they’re willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a single mattress. Getting a good night’s sleep depends on a lot of different factors – comfort, stress level, room temperature – but to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber. If the mattress is too firm, it will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment. If it’s too soft, those pressure points won’t be properly supported, so your whole body flops back. Both of these scenarios can lead to an achy morning.

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A while ago we explained how important it is to spend your money where you spend your time, and considering we spend at least a third of our lives asleep or in bed, skimping on your mattress or sleeping surface can be detrimental to your health. If you’re looking for a new mattress, experts suggest testing it in the store and laying down on each mattress in the position in which you normally sleep. Breus suggests spending at least 10 to 15 minutes on the bed. And, bring your own pillow! The more you can replicate the way you’ll be sleeping on the mattress once you get it home, the better your chances of picking the right one.

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Learn How to Pick Your Perfect Mattress

A mattress should measure at least six inches longer than the tallest person sleeping on it. The mattress expert consulted by Real Simple “recommends a minimum of 350 coils for a full-size mattress, 480 for a queen, and 580 for a king”. And Martha Stewart insists that each coil “should be ‘turned’ at least five times in each coil.” If you’re considering a foam mattress, Real Simple wants to remind you that “Foam retains heat well, so if you get hot while sleeping, look for open-cell construction for maximum breathability.”

When you replace the mattress replace the box spring as well. Over time the constant compression of the springs will compromise the structural integrity of the box spring. 80 percent of those who kept their old one reported that they were sleeping better after replacing just the mattress. So if your box spring isn’t broken and is still structurally sound, consider keeping it and saving several hundred dollars. Controversy!

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How do you know if the bed you’re sleeping on is the right one?

If you wake up in the morning and have some low back pain and can stretch and get rid of it in 15 or 30 minutes, that means you’re on an inappropriate mattress for you. The experts say that the best bed for you is the one that feels most comfortable. There’s no mattress that’s going to save your body when you get only five hours of sleep.” In order to feel your best, you need to get enough rest… no matter what type of mattress you’re sleeping on.

Understand What Type of Mattress Is Right for You. Tips for Choosing the Perfect Mattress

Today’s mattresses are made to last a lifetime. But you probably shouldn’t plan on keeping yours for that long. Our bodies change over time, so the mattress that was once a joy to sleep on may no longer feel comfortable a few years down the road. Mattress manufacturers and retailers have dozens of names for different types of mattresses, but there are only really a few basic types:

Sleep Number Beds

Sleep number beds use inflatable air pressure chambers inside of the mattress that you can customize to suit the level of firmness you want in your sleeping surface. You can, at any time, make the mattress firmer or softer, and depending on the model you get, you can tilt the bed up into a reclining position, or you can get sleep number beds that have different chambers on either side of the bed, so you and your spouse or partner can enjoy different levels of firmness. “Sleep Number Bed” is a trademark of Select Comfort, who makes most of the beds that fit this description. They tend to be fairly pricey.

Firm vs. Plush

Firm and plush, as their names imply, indicate the firmness or softness of the mattress in question. You’ll see some mattresses described as “extra firm, firm, plush, ultra plush,” to denote how hard or soft the mattress actually is. In some cases, to get to the “ultra plush” end of the scale, manufacturers add thick pillowtops and cushions to the tops of a standard matress to make it feel softer. You can also find mattress types in between like “cushion firm” or “pillowtop” or a firm mattress that has extra padding on the sides and top or a pillowtop on it that makes the mattress softer when you lay in it, but still is firm enough to provide support while you sleep.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Tempur-Pedic mattresses are actually a brand name, but many people use them to describe any mattress type that uses “memory foam,” or another type of foam that molds to the shape of your body while you sleep, and offers even support all over your body. Memory foam mattresses are growing in popularity. They are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature, and are known for comfort because they contour to the specific shape of your body. Memory foam toppers are also available. You essentially sink into it, and the mattress applies even pressure to your body at all points. Tempur-Pedic and memory foam mattresses tend to get warm over the course of the night, so if you need a cool sleeping surface under you, they may not be right for you.

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber, and are known for providing a very firm, bouncy support that is uniform throughout the bed.

Adjustable Beds

These beds are able to bend and elevate at varying angles. As a result, the mattress has to be flexible. Different types of mattresses can be used on an adjustable bed – memory foam, latex, or air, for example. Spring mattresses are more difficult to use, however, because the springs don’t handle the bending well.

Sofa Beds

When you have guests staying for a night or two, sofa beds come in handy. The mattresses in these beds tend to be very thin so they are flexible enough to fold and collapse into the couch. It’s a great convenience to have a sofa bed, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who raves about their comfort.

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Ready for a new mattress? Here’s how to find the one that suits you best.

You can take home your new and comfy mattress today. Remember, if you don’t love your new mattress, you can exchange it for another.

Sleep Master Memory Foam 6 Inch Mattress, Full

Rest easy with the memory foam support of the Sleep Master Memory Foam mattress from Zinus, pioneers in comfort innovation. The 6 Inch Memory Foam Mattress provides conforming comfort with a memory foam layer that molds to the natural shape of your body. The full support high density foam base layer provides long lasting durability and stability. Please open your mattress package within 72 hours of receipt and allow 48 hours for your new mattress to return to its original, plush shape. Worry free 10 year limited warranty. Another comfort innovation from Zinus. Pioneering comfort.

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Signature Sleep Essential 6-Inch Twin Mattress, White

The Essential mattress by Dorel Signature Sleep is designed with all the necessary features a mattress can offer to assure that we provide you with a perfectly sound sleep, night after night, year after year. This 6 inch innerspring coil mattress contains 216 sturdy 13.5 gauge tempered steel coils, on top of which rests cushioning layers for dream-worthy comfort; two 100% polyester insulation pads, and two foam layers are found above and beneath the coils to protect them, but also to provide the necessary resilience so that you never feel the coils, even after years of use. For your convenience and even more cost savings, this mattress is shipped compressed, rolled and vacuum sealed. We care about your comfort, but we also care about the environment. This mattress contains certified foam, whose manufacturing process prevents volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) from being released into the atmosphere. For your safety, this mattress meets federal flammability standard 16 CFR 1633.

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Signature Sleep Contour 8 Inch Twin Mattress

The Contour 8” mattress by Signature Sleep holds true to its name, as it is designed to satisfy the need for contoured support of your vertebrae while you sleep. We owe this luxury to the Contour’s 480 tempered steel independently-encased coils whose particularity is to conform to the curves of your body creating an equal weight distribution, hence relieving any pressure points along your neck, shoulders, back and hips. Another advantage of independently-encased coils is the elimination of motion disturbance, so that if your partner moves throughout the night, you will never even know they are there! To ensure that this mattress lasts many years, its independently-encased coils are protected by two cushioning layers: a non-woven fabric insulation pad and a thick foam layer which add to this mattress’s unparalleled quality and comfort.

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Home Styles 5531-500 Bedford Queen Bed, Black Ebony Finish

Bedford queen bed is constructed of hardwood solids and wood product with a multi-step black ebony finish including a clear coat finish to help guard against wear and tear stemming from normal use. Features include raised panels on the headboard and footboard. Queen bed includes queen headboard, footboard and rails. Easy to assemble. Measures 82-inch width by 64-inch depth by 52-inch height.

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Zinus Upholstered Detailed Platform Bed with Wooden Slats, Queen

The Sleep Master iCoil 8 Inch Spring Mattress by Zinus features hundreds of independent iCoils providing customized support while minimizing motion transfer for uninterrupted sleep. The Foam and Fiber Quilted Cover adds conforming comfort and the support for the mattress comes from the 7.5 Inch iCoil Pocketed Springs . The Sleep Master iCoil 8 Inch Spring mattress offers exceptional support, keeping you aligned and pressure free for a great night’s sleep. Please open your mattress package within 72 hours of receipt and allow 48 hours for your new mattress to return to its original, plush shape. Another comfort innovation from Zinus. Pioneering comfort.

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Zinus Deluxe Faux Leather Platform Bed with Wooden Slats, Queen

The Deluxe Faux Leather Platform Bed by Zinus will transform your bedroom. It ships in one carton with the frame, legs, and wooden slats conveniently located in the zippered compartment in the back of the headboard for easy assembly. This Deluxe Faux Leather Platform Bed features a headboard and low profile footboard style frame, with wood slats and exposed feet for support. Espresso colored faux leather for a luxurious look that makes an excellent addition to any bedroom. Another comfort innovation from Zinus. Pioneering comfort..

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Zinus Upholstered Button Tufted Platform Bed with Wooden Slats, Queen

This stunning upholstered platform bed by Zinus will transform your bedroom. It ships in one carton with the frame, legs and wooden slats conveniently located in the zippered compartment in the back of the headboard for easy assembly. This classic upholstered platform bed features a button tufted headboard and low profile footboard style frame, with wood slats and exposed feet for support. The taupe tufted upholstery adds softness and provides a classic framework for your mattress. Another comfort innovation from Zinus. Pioneering comfort.

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