DO I SHOP FOR THE BEST BED FOR ME?
In the course of a lifetime, you log more than 220,000 hours in bed -- far more
time than you spend on the sofa, at the kitchen table, even in front of the TV.
No other piece of furniture in your home gets as much use as your bed. That's
why it's so important to find the one that's right for you. Here's what you
should be looking for:
are the days when a mattress had to be hard-as-a-board to be good for you. A
too-hard mattress may only succeed in putting your shoulders and hips to sleep.
You'll sleep best when your bed helps you feel cradled in comfort, cozy and
quality mattress/foundation ensembles are built for superior comfort. Luxurious
new cushioning materials and extra-soft surface treatments create a plusher,
more comfortable feel.
Correct support is the essential ingredient for a healthy body. A good mattress
and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine
in the same shape as a person with good standing posture.
attention to your shoulders, hips and lower back--the heaviest parts. If there's
too little support, you can develop back pain. But if the mattress is too rigid
for you, you can experience uncomfortable pressure.
word about "firm." Don't rely on product labels to tell you which mattress will give you
the right support. One manufacturer's "firm" may feel harder than another's
"extra firm." The only way to find out if the support is right is to lie down
It's the quality of the materials used and how they're put together that
determine how long a mattress and foundation will provide the comfort and
support you bought them for. The best assurance of good performance over a good
many years is to buy the highest quality sleep set you can afford.
expect a set of bedding to last forever. After 8-10 years of nightly use, even
the best bedding will no longer provide the best comfort and support.
word about the warranty.
Don't look to the warranty to tell you how long to keep your mattress and
foundation. It's there to protect you against product defects, not against the
gradual loss of comfort and support. A sleep set may still be usable after 15 or
20 years, but it's not giving you the good night's sleep you deserve.
quarters can turn sleeping into a nightly wrestling match. A healthy sleeper
moves anywhere from 40 to 60 times a night, including some dozen full body
turns. You need freedom of motion while you sleep and to help you relax while
getting to sleep.
If you sleep
with a partner, be sure to select queen or king size. Both are not only wider,
but several inches longer than the standard "double" (full size), which offers
each sleeper only as much space as a baby in a crib.