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Tips on Buying a Mattress

by Timothy Sexton

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A comfortable new mattress

The mattress is one of the most important pieces of furniture inside the house. It is the place where you will spend over a third of your life. You don't want a good mattress just for the sake of comfort, though; if you choose the right mattress, it can also eliminate health problems. Back pain, neck pain and fatigue can all result from a bad mattress. Knowing what to look for in a mattress may just save you from pain and chronic tiredness. Take a look below for some tips on buying a mattress.

Buying a Mattress:

  1. Coils: The most common type of mattress is made of innerspring coils, but not all mattresses are made the same. Since the support you receive while sleeping is dependent upon these coils, make sure a full-size bed has at least 300 coils. A queen-size bed should have at least 375 and a king-size bed should have at least 450 coils.

  2. Size: Very often the problem with getting a bad night's sleep isn't the construction of the mattress; it's the size. Make sure you have enough space on which to toss, turn and stretch. If you share your bed and find yourself constantly tired, consider going up one size in your mattress.

  3. Foundation: A mattress alone cannot provide adequate support; remember the foundation beneath it. Most people use a box spring as a mattress foundation. Your box spring may seem strong enough when you have to lift or move it, but over time, wear and tear can cause problems. Before rushing to buy a new mattress, check to make sure your mattress is getting proper support from the box spring.

  4. Padding: The interior of a mattress is made up of cushioning to protect you from those innerspring coils. Regularly flipping your mattress can help you deal with coil problems and lengthen the life of your mattress. You may want to turn your mattress yearly to prevent wear in one specific spot. If moving your mattress doesn't help, try placing a memory foam pad on top to absorb shock and help you rest easy.

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