Finding the Right Mattress for You

We all grew up with the Goldilocks story and her search for a good night’s sleep.

“This bed is too soft!”

“This bed is too hard!”

“This bed is juuuussst right”

But just how does someone channel their inner Goldilocks and find the perfect mattress? And what should you consider on how to get your best night’s sleep in your own bed?

You should try to stick to the same sleep schedule as much as possible.

 We set bedtimes for children, yet we forget that having a set time to sleep as adults is actually quite beneficial to achieving a good night’s rest. Even with busy schedules we should try to stick to the same schedule for sleep. Consistency is important.

Practice a relaxing bedtime routine.

Spending even half an hour before bed relaxing or unwinding from the chaos of the day is a great way to transition to a more restful bedtime. Meditation, a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to clam music or a relaxation app are great ways to slow down and prepare for a good sleep.

Minimize potential disruptions and silence your devices.

Switching off your devices, no matter how hard that may seem, is so important. Checking emails or social media can actually create more worry or stress before bed. The light that some devices emit may even affect your internal clock, making it harder to be properly rested.

Keep your bedroom darkened and at a cooler temperature are 2 great ways to minimize your nightly interruptions as well.

Above all, choose the best mattress that is supportive and comfortable.

We spend a lot of time in our beds, and for that reason they say most mattresses should be replaced about every 8 years. If you are noticing discomfort or “pressure points” in your hips, back or shoulders, it could be from the lack of, or wrong kind of support in your mattress. Perhaps a different firmness level or even a new type of mattress material may be the answer.

Mattresses are now available in an all-foam construction, great for side sleepers who need a little softer, more contoured support. The classic coil is generally firmer in it’s support and suitable for back sleepers. The Hybrid mattresses offer the best of both worlds with soft foam on the top and pocket coils on the inside.

Did you know that 50-60% of people with insomnia are experiencing some sort of pain, finding hard to get to, or stay asleep. A good mattress may alleviate some of that discomfort.

Searching for your “Just Right”

The best way to begin the search is to visit a mattress showroom near you. A good retail store should have a wide selection of firmness levels and styles on display for you to lay on. Take your time during this process, as you should allow yourself 15 minutes to adjust to the mattress you are trying out. This should give you an insight on what you like or dislike about each model.

If you have a sleeping partner, bring them along. Each of you may experience the comfort and support differently. Their movements beside you on the mattress should also be considered as motion transfers differently depending on the mattress.

Even if budget is a factor, consider that even a $2000 mattress costs you about 68 cents a night over the average 8 year life of your mattress, less than a good bowl of porridge.

It is currently recommended that the average adult needs roughly 7 hours of solid sleep per night. By following a few simple bedtime routines and having a comfortable mattress as your foundation, you should awaken feeling  refreshed, alert, and ready for the day… certainly not with 3 Bears standing over you.

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