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.
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
- 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 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.
- Cheaper, generally speaking
- More widely available at different price points
- Familiarity is an advantage
- Offers very good bounce, great for sexual activities
- Sleeps cool
- Can become noise over time as the springs weaken
- Prone to sagging
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.