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How are you sleeping lately? Sleep is important and if you don’t get good sleep or enough, you could be increasing your risk for physical and mental health issues. For instance, research has found that lack of sleep is linked to cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, the number one killer of people in the US, according to the CDC.
If you’re not sleeping well, it’s definitely time to switch things up in the bedroom.
There are a lot of tips and tricks to sleep better, like aromatherapy, cutting screen time an hour before bed, wearing soft, breathable sleepwear, and the list goes on. However, a lot of how well you sleep is attributed to your mattress.
Your mattress is quite possibly the most important piece of furniture in your house. What else do you spend up to eight hours a day on?
If sleep is an issue, start with your mattress, especially if it’s older than five years. And to help you buy a new mattress for the perfect night’s sleep, we compiled the following tips. Let’s dive in!
1. Start checking out mattress stores
One of the best things to do is start spending time at a number of mattress stores, like Sleepare in your area.
This solves a few problems. One, you can lay on a few mattresses that seal the deal in convincing you that a new bed is needed. Two, you can make notes of what brand and type of bed feel best for you. And three, you can get an idea of size.
But don’t feel pressured to buy by sales reps. Get in and get out without making a purchase.
2. Do your due diligence online
After you’ve cruised a number of mattress stores and have your notes in hand, it’s time to do your online research.
You can check different pricing of the brands and beds online, as well as check for potential bed sales. You can also do research on the materials used to make the beds you’re interested in.
This is important because the mattress industry is pretty unregulated and some toxins can cause skin irritation and even respiratory issues.
3. Rethink that pillow top mattress
This is a pro mattress buying tip. Pillow top beds can seem pretty comfortable when you lay on them in-store. However, they can quickly become flattened, and then you’re stuck with the mattress under that once fluffy pillow top.
This is not good since the manufacturer was focused on the pillow top and probably not the whole bed, leaving you with an expensive bed that doesn’t deliver great sleep.
4. Never shop for a mattress alone
There are a few things you shouldn’t do alone, like walking down a dark city alley or buy a mattress.
If you’re not the only one sleeping in that bed night after night, you can’t speak for both. This is because everyone’s sleep style and bed preference are different.
Bring your partner with you to the mattress stores. Research online together, and make a shortlist to choose the winning bed together. Otherwise, you may be sleeping alone.
5. Reconsider purchasing the super-extended warranty
When you finally find the bed of your dreams, you will be upsold on a number of things, like the extended warranty. This is probably a five to ten year period where you can send your bed back for a new one, or partial refund.
Don’t buy it. Most bed defects happen within a year or two. You may only need 90 days to break in your new bed and know if it’s a keeper.
6. Negotiate a trial period
With online shopping taking over, the consumer has more leverage. One thing you should negotiate before buying your new mattress is the trial period. If there is no trial period, get one.
If it’s less than 100 days, get 100 days or more. And a 100 day trial period is nothing new, a lot of online mattress companies offer this to get people buying online. The good thing about a trial period is that you can get a full refund if you don’t like your bed at any time during it.
Wrapping up . . .
The above six mattress buying tips can get you started on your bed buying journey. Think long-term, find great deals online, and negotiate when buying in-store. There are some great mattress choices out there to help you sleep better, night after night.
Do you have any mattress buying tips? We want to hear from you.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.