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Top Tips for Mattress Buying

By Sara Butler

You really can’t assign a value to a good night’s sleep. Restorative rest is a cornerstone of health and wellness and you need it to function each and every day. Of course, there are costs associated with sleep that many people tend to focus on and one of the biggest is the mattress. When you buy a mattress, it’s an investment in your health, so it pays to know what to look for. Here are a few tips to help you choose a mattress that will support a good night’s sleep.

How Long a Mattress Lasts

How long have you been sleeping on your mattress? If it’s more than 8 years, you probably need to consider getting a new one -- especially if you wake up with a sore back. When it nears a decade of use, beds deteriorate and don’t offer the support you need to stay healthy.

What to Look For

There are a lot of things to consider when it’s time to buy a new bed. Size and cost are obviously two that most people will think of first, but it’s also important to consider a few other things when you buy a mattress, such as:

  • Support - Buy a mattress that promotes proper posture and offers support to your whole body. Your spine should be aligned and no part of your body should sag down into the mattress. Be like Goldilocks and don’t choose the too firm or too soft mattress, but the one that is just right.
  • Width – You should choose a bed that allows enough space for you to lie next to someone in bed with your hands behind your head without touching. If you share a bed with a restless sleeper, then the wider the better to prevent you from being disturbed.
  • Try it out – You should try a bed out before committing to buy. Don’t buy a mattress that doesn’t have some kind of trial period to make sure the bed is right for you.

There are so many options to consider when you by a new mattress. You should take each step seriously -- after all, we’re talking about your overall health and wellness here! If you can’t sleep comfortably, then you can’t tackle you day at your best either. Do your research and explore different features of mattresses before choosing one. Your back depends on it!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Albuquerque, N.M.

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