How to Buy a Mattress

by | Nov 28, 2013

Empress Collection spring mattressThe investment in a good mattress can make the world of difference in a good night’s sleep, but the process of determining how to buy the best mattress to suit your needs can be a confusing one. Comfort, support and materials are three major considerations, and here at the Sleep Boutique, we can help you sort through the options and provide the support you need to find the best mattress at the best price.

When we refer to comfort, we believe this is achieved through the top layer, as this is what helps you get to sleep. Comfort layers will usually consist of varying levels and densities of regular foam, cotton, latex, polyester and memory foam.

Support is what’s deeper down and stops you from waking up with a sore back in the morning. This is where the selection of inner spring coils, foam or latex comes into play.

Don’t forget to ask what materials are in the mattress along with where the material is located, how thick it is and what the density is. This helps determine the quality of the mattress because better materials improve its longevity.

With a focus on comfort, support, materials, and of course your budget, keep in mind that your body shape and weight distribution play a significant role in the selection of a mattress. Every individual’s body is different, as are their various preferences for sleeping positions. Finding the right balance between comfort on the surface and support underneath is often the challenge.

We highly recommend testing some different styles of mattresses by lying down for 10 to 20 minutes and concentrating on how they feel. Close your eyes, relax, ensure you feel supported and then try to feel for pressure points, mainly in your shoulders and hips. Since people tend to be heaviest in their hips, we recommend that they concentrate on finding the right level of support, where it’s not too high or too low. We call this the “Goldilocks zone” which can be different for every individual. Make sure that your spine is straight when you are on your side or follows its natural “S” curve when you are on your back or stomach. Also ensure that your shoulder area is sinking in enough. If you are not aligned when you sleep, it can lead to pain in the lower back, upper back, or neck and shoulders.

There is no right or wrong selection when it comes to firmness, as again, each individual has a different preference for a soft, medium or firm mattress. Our helpful, non-commissioned sales staff can help point you in the right direction, taking into consideration your optimal choice of sleeping position. We often tell our clients that their sleeping position shouldn’t completely dictate their choice, since people tend to move around during the night. Having said that, side sleepers often require more softness, back sleepers do well with medium to firm support, and stomach sleepers tend to like firm mattresses.

At the Sleep Boutique we have a full range of expertly crafted mattresses for any preference and our knowledgeable staff is always on hand to help you out, because at the end of the day, we know what’s most important to you is a good night’s sleep.