When was the last time you thought about your mattress? Many of us forget that our mattresses are the most utilized piece of furniture we own. In fact, if you sleep eight hours a night, in one year you'll rack up 3000 hours on your mattress. After ten years, you'll have logged 30,000 hours on the same bed. Listed below are a few hints that indicate it's time to start thinking about renewing your sleep surface.
1. You bought your current mattress over eight years ago.
The average life span of a quality mattress is eight to ten years. Mattresses older than that suffer from deteriorating comfort features and diminished support capabilities.
2. You wake up feeling more tired than when you went to sleep.
Most consumers wait too long to replace their mattresses. If you don't wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated—or if you feel any pain or discomfort—you've definitely waited too long.
3. The couch feels more comfortable than your bed.
Concentrate on the feel of your mattress. Do you feel coils or bumps? Your body needs a smooth, comfortable sleep surface to get a regenerative night's sleep. Your mattress should enable you to sleep through the night with minimal tossing and turning.
4. Your mattress looks worn and uneven. Inspect your mattress regularly for sags and imprints. If your mattress appears uneven or worn and frayed, maybe it's time to start shopping. The upholstery layers in all mattresses compress over time. For optimal performance, be sure to rotate your mattress occasionally to extend its durability and renew its comfort. If you "inherited" your mattress from a family member or friend, chances are you need to replace it now.
5. You've taken your mattress for granted.
Mattresses are the most used yet most ignored piece of furniture in the house. Pay attention to your mattress. Do you hear creaks and groans? Do you notice the surface sags or indents in certain areas and not in others? The condition of your mattress may come as a surprise, once you take a close look.
Yes! A good box spring is as important as a good mattress! It acts much like a large shock absorber, taking a lot of the nightly wear and tear, and it contributes to your comfort and support. Don't put a new mattress on an inappropriate box spring. When you select the mattress, purchase its companion box spring. The two are designed to work best together.
The Better Sleep Council advises consumers to buy the highest-quality bedding they can afford, then replace old bedding every eight to ten years. After this many years, even the best bedding may no longer provide the comfort and support you deserve. More information and sleeping tips are available on www.sleepresearchfoundation.org
Focus on finding a sleep set that satisfies your comfort preference first, then your quality preference. To do so, always shop wearing comfortable clothes and shoes that can easily be removed for lying down. Take your time and don't be shy. You can't judge support and comfort by sitting on an edge or lying down for just a few seconds. Lie on the bed the way that you sleep, and if you sleep with a partner, try shopping with them so you can decide together. Shop at a store that you know and trust, and that offers services you desire. You can always find "bargain bedding," but it's no bargain if you can't get a good night's sleep! Refer to our mattress guide to make sure you choose the right mattress.
No, the design and manufacturing of bedding has changed dramatically—even over the last few years! Innerspring technology has improved, new "comfort" upholstery materials have been developed, and comfort choices have been expanded to give consumers a greater selection!
The best way to really know what you're buying is to experience a top-quality pillowtop, then firm, then plush sleep set. Refer to our mattress guide to make sure you choose the right mattress.
Your child should sleep on a firm mattress such as Eterna Pearl Firm because it offers correct back support. Children's bodies aren't just always moving, they're always changing, and through all of those changes, their growing backs need support. Don't skimp when buying a new sleep set for your child.
Most bedding retail stores will assist with the disposal of old bedding as a value-added store service. Ask about this type of service before you purchase!
Children should have a comfortable, supportive mattress to get the deep restorative sleep their bodies need to grow. If your old sleep set was uncomfortable and lacked support, then it probably won't help your kids get a good night's sleep either.
No! The ideal mattress offers correct support regardless of comfort level or price.
The quilting design on a mattress cover helps determine the firmness or plushness of the sleep surface. If a quilting design is small and close, the bed will tend to feel firmer; if the design is large and spread out, the bed will usually feel more plush.
MATTRESS SIZING & HEIGHT
For consumers who don't want the extra height that comes with today's bedding, Master offers a "low profile box spring," cutting the height of the box spring by up to 4.5 inches! A low-rise bed frame can also reduce the overall height of your mattress surface. In addition, most stores also offer "low-profile frames", which also reduce overall height.
These are standard finished product sizes. Actual size may vary by model, generally within a range of ± ½ inch to 1 inch.
Yes! Sealy realizes people come in all different sizes. Contact your local retailer for non-traditional mattress sizes.
Two people should normally carry your mattress flat on its side. It's easier to handle and less likely to get damaged. Don't bend your mattress under any circumstances.* Bending may damage the innerspring unit. Flex rather than bend the mattress when going through doorways, and don't bend the corners when putting on fitted sheets.
We recommend that you rotate your mattress on a regular basis to refresh its comfort. Mattresses contain many layers of upholstery padding to increase their comfort life and support performance. Body indentations can be a normal occurrence in new mattresses, and indicate that the upholstery layers are conforming to a person's individual body contours. To help minimize body impressions, mattresses should be turned occasionally throughout their life.
Keep your mattress clean. We suggest using a mattress protector; please visit accessories for more information on mattress pads. Don't allow your mattress to get wet. Protect it from water or other liquids. Don't use dry cleaning fluid of any type on your mattress. These chemicals could damage some of the comfort and upholstery materials.
Vacuuming is the only recommended cleaning method. If you must clean a stain, use mild soap with cold water and apply lightly! Don't ever soak a mattress or foundation, and don't use dry cleaning fluid of any type on your mattress—these chemicals could damage some of the comfort and upholstery materials.
Master Group of Industries 2014