Most Canadians have one. Some are old and saggy, some are firm and some are super plush and comfy. On average, Canadians will spend one third of their lifetime on one, but spend little to no time shopping for one. What could be this important but so often overlooked? Your mattress.
Shopping for a new mattress can be a pleasant experience, made more enjoyable when you spend your first night on it in your home. We’ve uncovered four key areas to focus on when starting your search for the perfect night’s sleep.
1. Research, research, research
A huge misconception about the mattress industry is accepting the idea you can’t pre-shop for a mattress. This is absolutely false. While it can be difficult to compare prices due to different naming conventions, the insides and features of most mattresses are very similar. Great mattresses can be found at any price, it just depends on what materials may best support you.
Take time to learn about the different materials inside a mattress. Many people think the more coils, the better. However, coil count alone will not determine the best mattress for you. Other factors include:
- What is the base support construction, i.e., innerspring (individual or continuous coils), pocket coil (individual, fabric-wrapped coils) or specialty foam (memory foam, latex or another combination of material)?
- Are there other support materials, such as foam or latex, in the upper layers?
- What type of mattress is best suited to your sleep position?
For example, a side sleeper may need a mattress with a lower coil count and supportive upper materials, whereas a stomach sleeper may benefit from a tight top mattress with lots of coils.
2. Don’t use your hands, use your body
Finding a new mattress requires your whole body. Just pressing your hands or fists into a mattress will not give you an accurate feeling of how comfortable a mattress is to sleep on.
Don’t be afraid to lie down on the mattress, curl into your preferred sleep position, and give yourself 10 minutes to get a feel for the sleep surface. If you don’t give yourself enough time to test, you may be stuck investing in more restless nights.
Fortunately most mattress retailers offer extended sleep guarantees. At The Brick, we offer a 90-day sleep guarantee for all mattresses sold. That gives you 90 days to test it out, and if you don’t like how the mattress feels you can exchange it for one that may better suit your needs.
3. Buy the package
Buying your mattress with the matching boxspring is the best way to go. Many manufacturer and retailer warranties rely on the mattress and matching boxspring to be used together. A boxspring from another manufacturer may not support your mattress of choice, and may make the warranty null and void. Using these two together is the best way to ensure full comfort and support.
4. Know when to replace your mattress
According to the Better Sleep Council of Canada, mattresses have an average life span of eight to 10 years, depending on how well the mattress is cared for and the materials used. But no matter how long you’ve owned your mattress, if you feel it isn’t meeting your sleep needs anymore then it’s time to go shopping.
The first and most obvious sign is if you wake up with sore muscles and a general feeling of stiffness. Since your mattress is supposed to allow your body to relax, waking up in pain may mean your mattress support is failing. Another sign may be the indentations in your mattress where you sleep – if your mattress can’t spring back to its original form, it has lost its ability to support you.