Choosing the Best Mattress for a Good Night’s Sleep

I’m sure you’re already aware of the importance of sleep. Indeed, a lack of adequate sleep can lead to an increased risk of unhealthy weight gain and numerous chronic diseases ranging from sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Now, a good mattress is undoubtedly synonymous with good sleep. But, with the range of choices and the sheer number of models available, finding the right mattress can seem even more daunting than choosing an automobile.

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To make the process a little easier for you, I’ve turned to the experts at CertiPUR-US for some much-needed tips on navigating the route to a better night’s sleep.

Look “under the hood.”

How a mattress “feels” varies widely among innerspring, foam, gel, pillow top, airbeds, adjustables and hybrids. Do your research and enlist a salesperson to thoroughly explain the different styles and how they compare in terms of comfort, support, durability, and performance.

Test-drive or order online…These days the choice is up to you!

Lying on a variety of mattresses is the best way to determine your best sleep surface and what feels just right. Still, you may like the convenience of virtually buying a “bed in a box”. If you prefer the latter, be sure you understand all shipping and return policies so there are no surprises.

Size matters.

If you’re sharing your bed, ensure you have enough turning room. A healthy person moves an average of 40-60 times a night, which tends to include a lot of full-body turns. A bigger bed will give you and your turning partner the freedom of motion you both need for a sound sleep.

Need to measure your room first? These dimensions will come in handy:

Be sure the mattress contains certified foam.

More and more consumers are demanding that the foam in their mattresses and pillows be certified through the CertiPUR-US® program, a foam certification program for bedding and upholstered furniture administered by a not-for-profit organization. Certified foams meet strict standards for content, emissions, and durability and are tested and analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories.

If you don’t see a label while vetting a mattress, ask the salesperson it it’s certified. If you order online, speak with tech support and ask if the foam in your chosen mattress is certified.

And there you have it! Valuable tips for choosing a mattress that’ll support better quality shut-eye. Without doubt, a lack of sleep is among the most common yet frequently overlooked factors that contribute to chronic diseases and other health problems. And, given that at least a third of your life is spent in bed, it really pays to invest time and care in choosing the right mattress. Following these tips will help get you started.

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.