If you want to avoid mattress problems, save yourself money and have the best night’s sleep consider avoiding the following mistakes people make while ;
1. Bargain Promotional Mattresses – Limited sale or time offers sound great until you try find reviews or compare them to other offers. If nothing else; check for warranties and returns.
2. Very Cheap Beds – they can work as guest or temporary beds but they have a short lifespan. Made from lower-quality materials, they tend to break down faster and lose comfort even sooner and come with short warranty periods. But this is what you can do with your old mattresses; use them as sofas, day beds or even theatre seating. You can even get fancy and create bed skirts for your back row seating!
3. Super Thin Mattresses – These mattresses are not the best if you share a bed or are a little heavier. They lack comfort layers to cushion you from the coils or support foam.
4. Hot or Constrictive Memory Foam – Memory foam can vary considerably. On the whole they are very popular. The problem for some is they can get hot or are difficult to move around, compared to spring and non-foam mattress types. If this is the case consider gel infused memory foam which tend to be cooler by up to 25% cooler or plant based mattresses which are cool to sleep on.
5. Low-Density Foam Mattress – Low density foams don’t function well when it comes to pain relief and durability. Since they have a “less dense” structure, they are prone to compression and feel less buoyant than higher density mattresses. These budget friendly foams are cheaper and good as guest or temporary mattresses (lasting about 4 years). You can always covert them into sofas.
6. Innerspring Beds with Poor Motion Isolation –In innerspring mattresses, a problem for couples is the lack of motion isolation; meaning your movements move the mattress enough to disturb the other person’s sleep. These mattresses often have bonnell and continuous coils, so look for pocketed coils.
7. Mattresses with Little or No-Warranty – A mattress typically is only useful for a fraction of it’s warranty length so its important to see when the warranty kicks in – items such as sagging are often not covered by warranties but is a frequent complaint. Any mattress that sags over 1″ is uncomfortable to sleep on.
8. Too Soft or Firm Mattresses – This is where mattress shopping becomes tricky. Most foam mattresses soften a little with time, meaning showroom models may not reflect the mattress you will receive. Back sleepers prefer a medium-firm to medium mattress, side sleepers like a medium to plush mattress, and stomach sleepers medium-firm to firm mattress. Softer mattresses allow side and stomach sleepers to sink into the bed and offer better spine alignment. Sleep studies shown that people with back pain feel best on medium to medium firm beds. Read reviews and comments on mattresses to help decide which is the right one for you.
9. Highly-Priced Mattresses – There’s nothing worse than feeling like you have overpaid for something. From sales tactic to exaggerated prices, its best to read reviews in a trusted forum. You must ensure to to get full information on all layers of mattress and always be careful if retailers and manufacturers did not give the complete details about the inner structure of the mattress.
10. Mattresses with No Return/Exchange Policy – You don’t want to be stuck with a bed you don’t like and can’t return. Particularly, if you buy the mattress online, you must make sure that the purchase conditions contains the clause of return or at least exchange the bed if you don’t like it within a reasonable timeframe. Some retailers will require you to try the bed for a certain number of days prior to returning, so be mindful, if it is less than 30 days it may not be long enough.
Take your time when it comes to selecting your bed, read reviews and comments, look at warranties and layers to avoid surprises but don’t leave it too long. It could take you 3-6 months to find the right mattress and the longer you leave it, the older and more uncomfortable your mattress becomes.