When shopping for a mattress there are some items of consideration to keep in mind. The wrong approach would be to consider only price without first putting price in perspective.
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The proper perspective would be to put mattresses on the same consideration as other pieces of furniture in your house. Most people would not hesitate on spending $800 on a sofa and another $700 on a loveseat, yet have a hard time considering $800 for a mattress. However, you spend only a couple hours a day on your sofa and 6-8 hours on your mattress. Not really a proper ratio considering how important a good nights sleep is.
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So why do we do this? Well, a sofa can been seen and is seen as a decorative aspect of ones house. The mattress is always covered, and when you are in it, you are sleeping. The problem arises when we awake we feel more as if we slept on the sofa than a quality mattress. My only suggestion here would be to put the price in perspective. A reasonable calculation should be to spend at the minimum, half the price of your bedroom furniture on a mattresses. Also consider this. A $1,200 mattress breaks down to $120 a month or $4 a day. Now how much do you spend each day on coffee or energy drinks just to try and stay alert for the entire day? Why not take that money and spend it on a real fix to the problem.
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Consider taking a comfort and support test to determine what your body actually wants to sleep on. Comfort is determined on how you feel when you get into the bed. Support is determined on how you feel when you get out of the bed in the morning. We determine these two factors by having you rest in three mattress comfort levels. Then we talk to you about support and how you sleep and how you awake. Do you toss and turn, or get up with a backache? After we have determined the type of mattress, we can find you a mattress that fits your needs in your price range.
What you need to do while testing mattresses.
Position yourself on the mattress as you would when you sleep.
Stay on each mattress for at least 5 minuets.
Close your eyes while testing the mattress. This helps your body to relax and you get better feedback.
Do an thorough Comfort Test prior to shopping in a price range.
What not to do while shopping for a mattress.
Price should not be the main consideration above what a restful sleep can do for a productive day.
Do not test a mattress for comfort nor support by using your hands. No one sleeps on their hands and it would be like testing an sofa by pressing on it with your hands.
Do not be rushed by yourself nor the sales person. For something you will own for 8+ years, you can take an hour to find one that you will love.