Choosing the Right Mattress Set Will Help You Live a Healthier, Happier Life

By Annamarya Scaccia

mattressSleeping comfortably is not a luxury – it’s a right.

Too often, people purchase a mattress set that is not suitable for their body because they need to stick within a budget, leaving them groggy and rigid in the morning. But your mattress set shouldn’t be a literal pain in the rear just because you need to save money. Sacrificing comfort for affordability is just not a beneficial way to get a good night’s rest.

Owning an inadequate mattress set truly does affect your mental and physical health. General aches and pains, sleeplessness, and back pain can be caused by sleeping on a wrong mattress. Also, sleeping on a bad mattress can make the pain much worse for those with a back problem. Imagine it now: You wake up with your neck tense and stiff, your lower back aching, and your legs tight. And no matter how much you stretch, you just can’t seem to shake the tension from your body, and for the rest of the day, you’re on edge, and that’s no way to sleep – or live.

Since finding the best mattress is largely based on personal preference, if you are not 100 percent sure which type is better for you, it is recommended you speak with your doctor. Your physician can offer ideas and suggestions of what type of mattress will provide you with the right amount of back and neck support. Remember, there isn’t one mattress type or sleep position that will do the trick, so talking with your doctor can steer you in the right direction for finding the one that suits you the best.

Another trick to finding the right mattress for your body is to take it for a test drive. First, sit on the mattress edge and note how your weight’s supported when you sink. It shouldn’t be a pain to get in and out of the bed. You should also roll into the mattress and note how it’s supportive of your body. If you’re stiff after laying there in the same position for a few minutes, then walk away from it, it’s not the one for you.

Also, while testing your potential mattress set, move around in the bed, changing your positions to check the support level in each arrangement (try different sleeping positions, like on your back, side or stomach, and other non-quiescent positions, like sitting). Don’t forget to check its durability and quality. You want something that will last for years, as a good set last for up to eight years (don’t forget to turn your mattress every six months so it evenly wears).

Buying the right affordable mattress set for you requires some fun and comforting research (who doesn’t love lying down and closing their eyes when testing out a mattress in-store?) But if you are willing to take the time to find the ideal mattress for your body and budget, you’ll find on that leaves you refreshed and ready to take on the day when you wake up.

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Friday, June 29, 2012

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