The Mattress: Your Foundation for Better Sleep

The Mattress: Your Foundation for Better Sleep

What’s the most-used piece of furniture in your home? Your mattress! You spend approximately 6-9 hours there every day, and look for it to provide you more comfort than any other household purchase you make. It’s wise to spend time investigating what’s inside your mattress as well as how it feels when you lay on it.

According to the Better Sleep Council, signs that you may need to replace your mattress include:

-          You wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains

-          You sleep better elsewhere, such as a hotel bed

-          Your mattress shows sign of age: sagging, lumps, worn out exterior

-          Your mattress is 5-7 years old

Since sleep is so important to our daily lives, investing in a new mattress is money and time well spent. Once upon a time, mattresses were lumpy and made of pea shucks, animal hair, moss, straw, cotton, feathers and, yes, water. Today, they are made of resilient materials such as memory foam, a network of upholstered inner springs, natural fibers and polyester. Quilted ‘pillow tops’ are popular on many mattresses, adding to the cushiony feel.

When shopping for a new mattress, price is not the only consideration. See how the mattress feels, what it’s made of, and ask questions about the warranty. And since mattresses and boxsprings are engineered to work together, be sure to replace both at the same time. To maintain your mattress, vacuuming is recommended when changing bed linens, and be sure to rotate your mattress end to end or flip it over (depending on whether you have a single or double-sided mattress) every other month.

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