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Mattress don’t last forever. It might look OK, but could be well past its sale by date. Research has shown sleeping on an uncomfortable, unsupportive mattress can rob you of up to one hours sleep a night.

Now that you have decided its time to change your mattress, so what's next? Before rushing out to buy, firstly put some thought in to your needs, after all you well spend 1/3 of your life lying on it.

Firstly you need make a list of what you didn’t like about your old mattress. Was it too soft, too firm not offering enough support or even too hot. Here are a few things to consider before going shopping.

1. Research.
Research on line to get a better understanding of the different types of mattresses on offer and price points

2. Shop together.
If the mattress is for two make sure to shop together.
3. Time
Set aside enough time to this properly. Don’t shop if in a hurry or when feeling tired as all mattresses will feel comfortable.
4. Test Drive
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes. Try each one in the position you would sleep in and don’t be afraid to re try. This is an important purchase take your time and don’t feel rushed by the sales assistant.
5. Price.
It’s best to shop for value and not for the lowest price. The dearest mattress is not always the best or most suitable but there are many reasons why it costs more. It’s a personal choice.
6. Gimmicks
Watch out for gimmicks when buying your mattress and watch out for how loosely the word orthopedic and medically approved are used. If this is on a label ask more and find out which organizations have approved these?
6. Comfort
Comfort is subjective to the individual. Don’t be led by ratings saying soft medium and firm. There's no industry rating standard. So remember try, try and try again.
7. Warranty
Always ask about the warranty and what’s covered.
8. Bad Back
A firm mattress isn't always best for a bad back it must be supportive. Again remember there isn’t a one mattress that’s fits all. Every back issue is different and please don’t fall into the trap of a sales assistant telling you an orthopedic mattress is best.
9. Specialists
Research your store before shopping. Specialist shops tend to have the best and most up to date selection. Staff tend to be more knowledgeable and well trained. They are selling one product as opposed to many in a general furniture store.

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Because Sleep Matters


By David O shea


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