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Steps to Find the Perfect Mattress

Design Time on WMEN TV5

May 2020

TV5 Design Time WNEM

How to Find the Best Mattress for You!

When we are not sleeping well, there could be a couple reasons....You want to be able to fall asleep and stay asleep!

Mattress Shopping

Everyday, we work, exercise, eat, and have mental stress. These are functions that wear on our bodies and if we do not get good sleep to rejuvenate our body, it can lead to many health issues.

A body needs exercise and a healthy diet.

Just as important as those two needs, we need good sleep.


During sleep our body is built back up and our brain is refreshed. You need 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.

Americans typically are only getting about 6 1/2 hours on average, and we are at an all time high of health issues like cancer. Many studies have linked the lack of sleep to be one of the causes for our deteriorating health. In the lab, scientists are able to give a rat cancer by depriving it from sleep!

Sleep can boost your immune system, prevent cancer, aid in weight loss and reduce stress. Start living healthy- get better sleep!

How to Sleep Better

  • A dark room allows you to sleep better, along with a cooler temperature.

  • Stop the blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions at least 2 hours before bed. 

  • A healthy diet, low in sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, can promote health and reduce stress and allow you to sleep better. 

If you have tried these and it hasn't worked, then maybe it is time for a new mattress!

  1. The correct support for your body is very essential to enjoying many hours of uninterrupted sleep.

    • Ask Yourself: How does your bed feel when you laydown? Is it hard? Or too Soft? Do you fall into a hole? Does your partner roll into you? 

    • Just because it is a "good" mattress or still in warranty, doesn't mean that it is still the correct mattress for your current body needs. That is the reason Serta has a 10 year warranty. The National Sleep Foundation has proven that our bodies change atleast every 10 years. Your Serta should last way past 10, but the comfort level needed at age 22 may not be the same that you need at 32....or age 52.  So, pass the mattress on to a family member in need and get what your body needs.

    • Ask Yourself: How does your body feel when you wake up? The pains you feel every morning should give you some direction to tell the staff when purchasing a new mattress. If you lower back is hurting or your shoulders... this information will help give us direction in what to show you and ask you. 

  2. Find out what is in the new mattress.

    • Ask the Staff: Does it have coils? What type of metal are they made out of? How Many coils? What Types of Foam? 

    • These questions are important, because of what your body needs. Mattresses all look the same on the outside. I have seen some at a local big box store which had a beautiful white cover, but only 300 coils on the inside of a queen sized mattress. I am sorry to tell you, but that is not going to give you the support you need. It will break down and you will buy again. 

    • In a Hybrid mattress, the coils and the foam work together for support and is what the mattress is built on. A tempered coil will not break as the coils goes up and down. Think of a paperclip- it is not tempered- it snaps once it is folded twice. Tempering is a process of heat treating, which is used to increase the toughness of iron -based alloys. Tempering is usually performed after hardening, to reduce some of the excess hardness, and is done by heating the metal to some temperature below the critical point for a certain period of time, then allowing it to cool in still air.

    • I would tell you to look for a hybrid mattress that has at least 800 coils in it (queen). Here you are going to get an even support across the mattress. If you have a more solid frame/ body weight- try a mattress that has 1000+ coils. You will appreciate the support in your core area  over the life of the mattress. You want it to feel the same 5 years down the road as it did when you picked it! 

    • Some foams will make you sweat! They do not have a breathing technique that releases your body heat. No one sleeps well hot. Other foams will crush over time and give your mattress a dip in it. Again, the comfort and support that you liked and purchased in the mattress is worthless if it does not last. I have 2 foam mattresses in my home. We love them. They cradle our pressure points, knee replacements and allow us to stay asleep. 

  3. General Rule: As we get older, we normally like a little more plushness in our mattress vs firmness due to more pressure points in our body. And we like a little more room if possible! ​
  • The size of the sleeping surface is important. Always try to purchase the largest mattress size that will fit in your room. Did you know that if two people are sleeping on a full size mattress, each person has the same amount of space as they had in a crib! That is not enough space for an adult to lay on their back with support under their arms. You are then required to move to your side, which causes pressure points to your shoulder and hips. Pressure points are the main cause of tossing and turning.

  • When we were younger, we could sleep anywhere it seemed. Remember camping on the ground? Would you go do that today? Or do you take your mattress, foam, or camper? Or do you camp at the Hyatt like me? 

    • Sleep on your back- you may like a "firmer" mattress, especially if you have had back surgery/ back issues that cause your spine to want to stay flat. ​

    • Sleep on your Side- You may like  a plusher mattress to a pillow top. These mattresses will fill in the curved area of your hip and will give your shoulder the comfort it needs.

    • Sleep on your Stomach- Depending how your body is made-up determines what mattress comfort level you will like. If you have a larger upper body, you may like more of a plush, but the best way to deiced is you lay down and try the mattress. 

Try the mattress by laying on it for 10 minutes helps you understand if the feel will support your body comfortably. So, take some time and try the different styles to see which design offers the best feel.

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