Online Consumer Reviews do matter - to some extent.
The most reliable sources for consumer reviews about mattresses (or any sleep product) are Amazon, Reddit, and Quora. However, they are reliable only if you want to know about a brand's reputation, the overall quality of their products, the customer service, or delivery and return process. Which brings us to the next integral point.
Try out mattresses at a store before buying.
No matter how many reviews you check out, nothing is more trustworthy than testing a product yourself. Because everyone has different sleep style, body type, and specific mattress preferences and their reviews are their personal experience. Checking out a mattress at a store before buying makes a huge difference. Consider this: your mattress is an important investment in improving your resting experience. Good sleep would eventually improve your overall health. So it is always wise to go for a quick test nap to a nearby showroom, just so you get a basic idea about the product's feel.
Warranties are misleading.
You'll come across a lot of unrealistic warranties during your mattress hunt. Many brands offer coverage in case of any production faults. However, the reality is they are extremely difficult to claim. Most of the time, the companies don't accept the manufacturing problems and blame it on improper maintenance at the consumer's end. So don't get fooled by them!
Don't shy away from spending big on your mattress.
High-end, costly mattresses are made using quality components that increase the product longevity. These mattresses will last longer and have fewer issues compared to the cheap DIY ones you might find on Amazon.
Be mindful of how you're positioned while sleeping.
According to research by Cleveland Clinic experts
- While sleeping on your sides, keep your chin up straight and avoid tilting it downward, as it crooks your neck and throws off your spinal alignment. Also add a pillow to support the space between the pillow and your neck. You might want to opt for a body pillow if your sides (ribs) get hurt during the night.
- While sleeping on your stomach, don't pull up one leg upward, as it causes hip and leg soreness. Try to add a pillow on your side to prevent falling asleep with your tummy pressed directly to the mattress surface.
- While sleeping on your back, if your knees start aching, you can add a pillow under them.
Optimal mattress temperature is essential.
The mattress temperature you choose depends on the environmental factors, such as the location climate, or how you sleep. For example, if you tend to have sweaty nights, you might want to go for a breathable bed. If you have arthritis or any chronic pain, you'd want to sleep on a warm mattress. Experts usually suggest a mattress more on the warm side
, however, other studies state that increased heat exposure during snooze may cause wakefulness and rapid eye movement
. Among older folks, core body temperature improves significantly
if they choose a high rebound mattress rather than a low rebound one. This factor affects sleep time, quality/efficiency, and deep sleep.
Not sure about firmness? Stick to medium-firm.
At times, it becomes super confusing to choose one specific firmness comfort. If you are buying a bed online, or sleep with a partner with completely different firmness expectations, or can't decide whether you want that stuck-in feel or on-the-surface feature, your safest option is to go for the medium-firm mattress
. Scientists agree that this universally comfortable firmness level improves overall sleep quality and is remarkably beneficial for back support. A hard mattress may result in toss and turns
and in fact, leads to a disturbed night's rest. On the other hand, a too soft mattress might cause suffocation or hot sleep.
Proper bedding materials enhance mattress comfort.
An in-depth spring mattress research conducted in China, suggests that a combination of optimal and comfy bedding materials facilitate a healthy sleep
experience - even on a bouncy bed! Choose breathable bedding as it will improve your sleep quality. Organic sheets are made of pure cotton, thus lacking in airflow. However, they are much healthier choices. Gel toppers are just marketing gimmicks and are not as cooling as they are portrayed.
Stay away from low-density mattresses.
Experts highly recommend going for high-density mattresses and avoiding any sleep surface with a density lower than 2.0, as it lacks durability. Besides, the ratio between the low-density layers is also inadequate for proper support.