Chances are, the only mattress shopping you’ve done up until this point in your life has been with your parents. They probably dragged you to the store where you laid on a bunch, picked out the one that was the most comfortable and then lets your pops handle the rest. Now that you’re an adult though and potentially in the market for a new one, there a few important things you should know before spending a ton of dough on a mattress.
1. Don’t buy a pillow top mattress if you’re a stomach sleeper.
Apparently it effs up your lower back and can cause your spine to curve (eek!). Plus, it’s not great for posture. My boyfriend and I were both loving this type of mattress at the store, but thankfully the guy who was helping us out noticed my stomach sleeping habit and recommended we not get it for this very reason.
2. Don’t buy a mattress that is too firm either.
Just like a mattress that is too soft, one that is too firm can also lead to bad back problems. You should look for a mattress that supports your spine properly, yet isn’t uncomfortable at all because, well, that would just suck.
3. Shop around.
My boyfriend and I went to at least four different stores before deciding on the mattress we wanted. This allows you to test out several different brands, hear what every salesperson has to say about them and learn some valuable new information. You’ll also be able to compare and contrast prices, helping you negotiate the absolute best deal possible!
4. If you tend to get seasick, avoid waterbeds.
Not that we were in the market for a waterbed or anything, I just found this fact fascinating! Apparently, if you’re especially prone to seasickness, you can experience the same nauseating sensation you would if you were on a boat just from sleeping in a full motion waterbed, which rocks horizontally.
5. Buy from a trusted brand.
Sure, that mom and pop mattress feels just as great and is far less expensive than the name brand one you’ve got your eye on. However, unless you can find reviews on it or hear firsthand from someone who owns one, you never know how long it’ll actually hold up. I suggest going with a brand you’re familiar with and already trust. After all, you’re going to be sleeping on this baby for a long time!