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Smart Investments – A Mattress?

I started a series of posts called “smart investments” wherein I write about purchases that I made that I think are investments that will have very good returns. I’m not talking about investments that will have financial returns, more on quality of life – health-wise returns.

The first one is about adjustable beds so in keeping with the theme, this time, the topic is about mattresses and why I think buying a good one is a good investment for you.

Mattresses are underrated, at least when it comes to overall importance of getting a great quality one. When you think about it, the most time that you spend when you are at home is laying on your mattress. If you sleep regular hours, it will take a third of your day and ultimately, a third of your life.

With that realization, it’s obvious that the mattress that you should be using should be of great quality that offers the very best in comfort and support that you can afford.

How to Choose a Mattress

Buying the best possible mattress can be a daunting task if you don’t know what to look for and you don’t know squat about the terminologies used in the industry. I’m not claiming to be an expert in this field but I did some research before buying my latest mattress, a Dynasty mattress, and here are some tips that I can give out to help others that have no idea where to start.

By the way, the Dynasty Mattress Cool Breeze that I bought is excellent. It’s the best mattress that I’ve owned to date and I can recommend it to anyone that is on the market for an excellent and budget friendly memory foam. I found a review for the dynasty mattress at https://www.mattressreviewshq.net/ so if you are interested, have a look-see.

On to the topic.

When Should You Buy a New Mattress?

You will want to buy a new mattress when you are currently experiencing the following:

  • Waking up with aches and pain that can be attributed to your current mattress
  • You toss and turn constantly when trying to sleep
  • Wear and tear on your mattress that can’t be fixed with your warranty
  • Sagging
  • You sleep hot even with the AC on
  • If your mattress is around 8-10 years

Types of Mattresses

There are a lot of different types of mattresses but ultimately, it comes down to two types: spring or foam. Any mattress that has a spring system in it is classified as an innerspring mattress and foam mattresses are all foam.

You can also opt for air beds but the ones that are considered to be good enough for everyday use costs thousands of dollars so I can’t really recommend them.

Spring

Spring mattresses are considered traditional mattresses, at least in the US, because this is the oldest type of mattress and it is the most used type. It has advantages over foam but there are also disadvantages.

Pros

  • Cheaper, generally speaking
  • More widely available at different price points
  • Familiarity is an advantage
  • Offers very good bounce, great for sexual activities
  • Sleeps cool

Cons

  • Can become noise over time as the springs weaken
  • Prone to sagging

Foam

Foam mattresses are all the rage now, it seems. I know, I got one myself and in my opinion, it is better than spring mattresses but don’t take my word for it.

There are a lot of different foams such as latex, memory foam, standard foam and some proprietary foams from different manufacturers. I won’t talk about each and every one of them as I don’t know everything there is to know so I will be speaking in general terms only.

Pros

  • Superior comfort
  • A lot of different options to choose from
  • Great for couples because foam is better in isolating movements
  • More durable than springs, if you get a good quality mattress
  • Some models can be flipped, improving longevity

Cons

  • Can be hot when you sleep
  • Edge support is inferior
  • Off gassing or the “new” smell can be oft-putting

Knowing your Sleeping Style

Your sleeping style or your position should certainly be factored in when you are buying a new mattress. There are three sleeping styles: side, stomach and back. However, it is also common to sleep in different positions.

Side

Sleeping on your side means that you are putting pressure on your shoulder and hips. For this style of sleeping, the best mattress should be one that is on the softer side so that the pressure on the shoulder and hips are not as intense.

Front or Stomach

For stomach sleepers, the best mattress should be one that is on the medium side so that the stomach won’t feel too much pressure. The knees will also feel pressure here but with a medium mattress, it won’t be too much that it will cause knee pain.

Back

Sleeping on your back will cause pressure on your buttocks and upper back so the best is a firm mattress.

If your sleeping style is a combination of two or all three of them, the best mattress is a medium rated one. This is the best compromise so that you won’t feel too much pressure in certain parts of your body.

Getting the Best Mattress

So far, these are my tips on how to get the best mattress. Ultimately, the mattress that you buy will strongly depend on your preferences and this article should only be treated as a guide. If you like a particular mattress, just make sure that you factor your sleeping position and get the firmness rating that is recommended for it. Other than that, it’s your choice as to which type or how much you are willing to spend.

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Smart Investments – An Adjustable Bed?

Is an adjustable bed a smart investment? They can be very expensive, especially for top of the line models, but are they worth it?

Adjustable beds have been growing in popularity in recent years and this due to the superior level of comfort that they can provide when you sleep. A couple of decades ago, you can only find adjustable beds in hospitals or health institutions but now, availability is widespread. Anyone can buy an adjustable bed and if you can afford it, I suggest that you at least take a look and consider buying one.

We’ve had an adjustable bed for over 3 years now and I must say, it is one of the best purchases that we have ever made. It made the whole sleeping experience better in all areas. We no longer wake up with back pain, or any pain in any area of the body. We sleep soundly due to how comfortable the bed is and any other activity like watching TV, reading a book, etc., have been easier by adjusting the bed to our liking.

Pros and Cons

Adjustable beds will have advantages and disadvantages when compared to traditional beds. Here are some of my personal findings regarding the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Superior Comfort

One of the biggest advantages of having an adjustable bed is the ability to adjust the bed to your liking in order to get the most comfortable sleeping position. Having an adjustable bed allows you to improve your sleeping position so that you won’t have any aches and pain when you wake up. It also relieves pressure off pressure areas while you sleep so that your muscles are relaxed while you sleep.

  • Health Benefits

If you have health issues that are sleep related such as heartburn/GERD, chronic back pain, snoring, sleep apnea and other problems, an adjustable bed can be of great help. Me, personally, I have back pain. Upon consulting with my doctor, he recommended to change our mattress and if we can afford it, get an adjustable bed. Ever since then, my condition improved.

Of course, this will not be the case for other people that suffer back pain because the cause of their health problem may be different from mine. However, if we do have the same problem, then an adjustable bed can help you just like it did me.

  • Chilling Out

Relaxation has been phenomenal since getting an adjustable bed. Watching TV or reading just before going to sleep has been very relaxing and it can all be attributed to the bed that easily adjusts position to whatever activity you are doing.

  • Marriage/Partnership Effect

One of the things that we (my husband and I) found out once we were married was that we have very different preferences when it comes to mattresses. I like my mattress to be firm while my husband likes it soft because he mostly sleeps on his side. This was an issue, albeit a minor one, the whole time we were married and we just compromised by getting a medium firm bed.

Once we got an adjustable bed, the issue that we had with differing preferences just vanished and I wish we could have just had an adjustable bed right from the start. Being able to have different positions while we sleep has been great and I believe that it actually strengthened our marriage.

Cons

  • Price

Well, this is not surprising. An adjustable bed is very expensive and with the way it is constructed and the comfort that it will give you, this should be expected. We paid around $2,000 for ours and if I am being perfectly honest, I would gladly pay double if I needed to buy one again.

  • Mechanical

Since these are mechanical with a lot of parts that are moving, failure can be an issue. A lot of moving parts mean that some of them will give out someday and this can be very frustrating and costly. Fortunately for us, we haven’t had issues yet and I’m hoping that it will stay that way for a very long time. However, I am also not naive to think that this bed will be in perfect condition forever. I expect that it will fail sometime in the future and we are prepared for it.

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