Your New Mattress
“Expect some sort of adjustment period. After all those years on the old bed, you may need some time to get used to the “feel” of the new set— like breaking in new shoes. It may take you a week or so
or, it could be as short as the time it takes you to fall asleep the first night.”
Mattress Tips – Do’s and Don’ts
Always turn mattress end-to-end occasionally (at least 6 times) during first 3 months of use. Turn once every 3 months thereafter. Always keep your bedding clean (waterproof mattress protector recommended)
NEVER bend or FOLD your mattress. DO NOT stand or jump on your mattress (it’s not built for that kind of weight concentration)
Mattress Buying Tips
Comfort – Mattresses don’t have to be as hard as a board to be good for you, though some people may prefer a firmer feel. Today, mattresses are built with luxurious new cushioning materials and surface treatments. While these mattresses may feel more plush, the core provides necessary support for your body.
Support – A quality mattress and foundation gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same position as good standing posture. When selecting a mattress, keep in mind that your body should be able to relax, with your spine supported in its natural curve.
Space – Select a mattress that provides you with enough room for free, easy movement, especially if you’re sleeping with a partner. Couples should select a queen-size or king-size mattress to ensure that both individuals have enough space to feel comfortable.
Durability – Durability refers to how long support and comfort will continue. Like all products, a mattress and foundation gradually wear out. Eventually, you won’t receive that same support and comfort as you did when the sleep set was new. That’s why you should re-evaluate your set every 3 – 4 years….Remember: Replace at 8!
Don’t look to the warranty to tell you how long to keep your sleep set. The warranty protects you against products defects and workmanship mistakes, not gradual loss of comfort and support.
Matching Sleep Sets – Matching mattresses and foundations are engineered to work together. Mismatching sets, putting a new mattress on an old foundation can impede comfort and reduce the useful life of the mattress.
Value – Buy only quality products made with all new materials. Shopping for the best value—not the lowest price—is a healthy investment in your quality of life.
Mattress Shopping Tip #1
According the the Better Sleep Council’s research, 26% of Americans are sleeping on a mattress that is more than seven years old. And most likely no longer providing optimum comfort and support.
In fact, at five and seven years old a mattress may no longer suit the sleepers slumber requirements and should be evaluated for sleeping comfort.
The Better Sleep Council survey also revealed that people whose mattresses are 11 years old or older, are more likely to feel their mattresses are not adequate, and describe them as “barely does the job” and “a bumpy, lumpy nightmare”.
And to make matters worse surveys reveal that 66% of people that are having trouble sleeping won’t even consider evaluating or replacing their mattress set.
Consumers spend a daily average of 55 minutes in the car, 4 hours and 32 minutes in front of the television and nearly 7 hours in their beds. Yet they would spend more time researching a car or a television than a mattress. Don’t be another statistic. Shop for comfort and quality in a mattress.
Most people spend an average of 7 hours per night in bed. That makes 2,555 hours asleep per year. And 193,669 sleeping hours per average lifetime. Most mattresses have a life expectancy of 10-15 years. The Average American spend ? of their life asleep…. ? of your life is a long time to be uncomfortable!
Mattress Shopping Tip #2
The best way to try a Mattress is to take the “SLEEP” test:
- Select a Mattress.
- Lie down in your sleep position.
- Evaluate the level of comfort and support.
- Educate yourself about each selection.
- Partners should try each mattress together.
Don’t be embarrassed. You don’t think twice about test driving a car, and you shouldn’t think twice about “SLEEP Testing” a mattress. Lie down for several minutes and assess how well it provides support and how comfortable it is for YOU. The only way to tell if a mattress is right for you is to lie down on it.
Mattress Shopping Tip #3
There are four keys to keep in mind while shopping for a new mattress:
- Matching Set
The mattress that’s right for you will keep your spine in proper alignment – how your spine is when it is in good standing posture – supporting your body and cradling it along its curves. The right mattress will also be comfortable for your body. Keep in mind that your comfort preferences are likely to change as you age. Make sure the mattress provides enough space for easy, free movement. Couples should sleep on a queen or king-size mattress. And keep in mind that a mattress and and foundation are designed to work together. Buy them as a set and get the most out of your investment in yourself.
***Sleeping tips provided by the Better Sleep Council. For more info go online to www.bettersleep.org