The average person spends around one third of his/her lifetime sleeping. This is more than many of us spend with our spouses. So it can be said that selecting the right mattress deserves the same careful attention as choosing the right life partner. And, much like the dating scene, there are many available mattresses, which often makes this decision extremely difficult. These five steps will guide you through the process so you won’t have to lose any sleep over buying your new mattress!
1. Know When to Ditch Your Current Mattress for Better Slumber
As a general rule of thumb, the best way to decide it’s time for a new mattress is when you start noticing you’re waking up sore or sleeping better in other beds. If a typical coil or foam mattress is over 8 years old then it’s likely time to invest in a new bed. However, there are some mattresses that will last much longer. Our patented gel material doesn’t harden over time, and all Technogel mattresses are designed and tested to provide conforming support beyond the 8-year industry average lifespan. Technogel’s durability is why we offer our customers a 10-year warranty (plus an additional 10-years when you register your purchase online for free).
2. Budget to Make a Smart Investment
When it comes to deciding how much to spend on a new mattress, remember that it is an investment in your health. For a purchase that will provide lasting support, it’s better to pay for quality now than to pay (for what you saved) in restless nights later. Put the price in perspective by breaking-down the cost over the time you will use the mattress: for example, spending $3,000 for 10 years of refreshing sleep is about $300 annually and only $25 monthly. That’s about the same (or less) as a cable subscription or gym membership! Many retailers also offer financing so you can spread out the expense by paying in installments. So evaluate all the economics, and buy the best quality mattress you can realistically afford.
3. Get to Know What’s on the Inside (it counts)
The type of mattress that’s best for you depends on several different factors including your typical sleep position and personal preference for feel. Mattresses made with memory foam, latex and innerspring cores are age-old. These materials vary in firmness and support. People who prefer to sleep on very firm mattresses tend to like latex. And memory foam has a very distinct feel because of the way it molds to your body and isolates movement and heat. Innerspring is the most common core construction—it can be found in a dizzying array of options, but might not provide great ergonomic support. Technogel is one of the latest innovations in sleeping: it’s the first and only brand of mattresses with a thick layer of non-toxic body-conforming gel. Technogel provides one-of-a-kind pressure distribution that promotes a healthy sleep posture while allowing natural ease of movement and helps maintain a temperature that’s optimal for sleeping.
The mattress feel and firmness that’s best for you is a highly subjective decision. However, a good mattress must keep your spine properly aligned and relieve pressure points; and shouldn’t cause you to wake up hot and sweaty. An associate at your local mattress store can help you evaluate the options.
4. Enlist the Help of Your Local Sleep Specialist
With so many factors to take into consideration, shopping at a specialized mattress store can be extremely beneficial. The sales staff at a store that is specialized in sleep, comfort, back health and ergonomic solutions is well-trained to give you expert advice and answer all your questions. Technogel partners exclusively with premium bedding retailers so you can get a personalized, practical sleep consultation when you visit an authorized Technogel dealer. Plus, an important benefit of buying your mattress at a physical store, rather than online, is that you get to try it out first.
5. Rest Test
Just like the purchase of a new car, buying a new mattress is a big investment. And you wouldn’t buy a car without test-driving it first, would you? Try to lie on the mattress in the store for at least 15 minutes to get a real feel for it before you make your purchase decision. Some stores offer test models or trial periods. At our Technogel Sleeping Experience Center in Berlin, we’ve designed the ambiance to mimic a loft apartment so customers can sleepover for a more authentic experience on the mattress before deciding which model is best.
BONUS: Protect Your Purchase!
Last but not least, as with any big purchase, if you want to make the most of your mattress and make sure that it lasts you as long as possible, you should care for it and protect it. A washable, waterproof and breathable mattress protector helps avoid stains without interfering with the comfort of the bed. With the right support, proper care and a good mattress protector, you can wake up inspired and enjoy breakfast in bed.
The wrong mattress could rob you of vital hours of rejuvenating rest; it can also be the cause of serious health problems such as chronic back or neck pain and increased stress and anxiety. So, remember, it’s your money—spend it where you spend your time! Do your research and treat yourself to a mattress that will have you daydreaming about going to bed at night.