They say there’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep. For many, a good mattress can be the determining factor for their overall health and wellness.
Research by the National Institute of Medicine shows that improved quality of sleep has a significant impact on overall health and well-being. So, choosing a mattress that fits your sleep style and habits is vitally important to help ensure a great night’s sleep and better health.
Finding the right mattress is a subjective process. You may have heard many different recommendations for what type of mattress may be best, but the truth is that it varies by person and sleeping habits. However, there are some general guidelines to follow when shopping to make sure you find the best one to benefit you.
First and foremost, make comfort your goal. Different people prefer different qualities in a mattress. Make sure to try out mattresses for more than a few seconds before you buy. Sure, it may feel a bit odd to curl up on a mattress in the middle of the store, but you will thank yourself later for giving each mattress a real chance. Once you have narrowed it down, lie in your normal sleep position for 15-20 minutes and see how you feel afterwards.
Secondly, find a mattress that works with your body and is designed for your sleep style. Chiropractors often recommend finding a mattress that helps distribute pressure evenly throughout the body and one that offers support to your spin in your sleeping position. To get started, read the details on the tag to see what type of sleepers each mattress style is recommended for. Bring someone to help you shop and enlist their help to see if your back is evenly supported or if the mattress is preventing your spine from a healthy, neutral alignment.
One important thing to keep in mind is your partner. If you share a bed, consider the possibility and benefits of a mattress that allows you to adjust each side. This way, neither of you will have to compromise what you need in a mattress.
Finally, give your new mattress a fair chance, as it may not work its magic after the first night. It will take your body a few nights to adjust to the new mattress and hopefully in the end it will result in improved sleep.