When it’s time to ditch your old bed and find a new replacement for your bed, you’ll quickly find that doing so is not easy task.
A little over a third of your whole life is spent asleep, so when you get the chance, you want to make sure that time is spent as comfortably as possible – and here’s how you can find the right bed to get a good night’s sleep in:
1. Consider quality.
Mattresses are expensive, so don’t skimp out on them! Going with the cheapest option you find might just be something that will disappoint you once your bed starts sagging and no longer supports your weight.
While quality mattresses aren’t exactly cheap, they don’t have to be too expensive either. Aside from finding the right size for your bed, you want to consider the brand as and give it an actual test by lying down on it if possible.
2. Factor in your weight and sleeping position.
Weight has more to do with choosing a mattress than you think: support, feel, and the mattress’s cooling all depends on how heavy you are.
Here’s how you can choose the best firmness level depending on your weight:
• Light (less than 68 kilograms) – If you belong in this weight category, it’s best to get a bed with medium firmness to make sure it doesn’t sink too much.
• Average (68-90 kilograms) – Most beds are made for the average sleeper, so you can choose the industry standard of medium firmness to give you the best support and comfort.
• Heavy (90+ kilograms) – Firmer beds help to provide better support, and heavier spring beds allow for better cooling.
Different people have different ways of sleeping, whether you sleep on your side, back, or stomach, or even switching between different positions throughout the night:
• Side-sleepers experience a lot of discomfort and pain on their hip joints and their shoulders, so a medium soft bed allows for the equal distribution of pressure.
• Stomach sleepers need equal weight distribution to keep the spine from curving. Medium firm beds are a great choice here.
• Back sleepers benefit best from medium firm beds provide the best amount of support and contouring for the spine, and allow for proper support and structure.
3. Choose the right type and material.
This is where your personal preference and experience comes in when choosing the right bed. Different mattresses come with different types and materials, such as the following:
• Inner-spring – Springs are one of the most affordable options out there and are extremely durable. They also allow for greater air circulation.
• Latex – Great cooling and comfort, with a good bounce, responsiveness, and without any off-gassing and odors.
• Memory foam – Memory foam conforms to every inch of the body, but tends to retain heat.
• Hybrid – A combination of the three types, providing all-around support, bounce, and cooling, but easily the most expensive.