The Mattress-Buying Expedition

Is there a purchase more inconvenient to move into a home and lug around, more inconvenient to return on warranty and more difficult to choose, while at the same time being a very large INVESTMENT than a MATTRESS???

The image to the left pretty much covers the number of them that we’ve been through in our forty years of married life.   They weren’t such a big consideration at the beginning … one doesn’t realize the long-term impact of them on your life – but they are BIG in more ways than one, and by the time you realize the IMPACT, it’s too late to do anything about it except

  • give it away, or
  • move it to a guest room for sort-term visitors, and
  • shop (and pay) for another one

We’ve had

  • the hand-me-down (as newlyweds)
  • a sofa bed
  • a regular, non-pillow-top
  • a memory foam (expensive) set
  • a deep, pillow-top set
  • went to an air mattress when we were waiting to sell our home in another city and nearly ruined my back
  • and now to a Select Comfort/Sleep Number bed

Most people probably rush into buying a cheap bed at the start, because it seems like such a big expenditure for an item that seems unimportant; so you’re stuck with a bulky problem right away.

One thing I finally learned is that –

  • you should be able to negotiate a price (!), including delivery – at least buy on SALE
  • a FIRM mattress does NOT equal quality or better back health any more
  • memory foam beds go up in price with the price of oil
  • memory foam and latex are different
  • memory foam beds are extremely heavy to move around
  • the edges of the mattress have to be strong, to support edge-sitting and prevent rolling out
  • the mattress should be able to support the smaller parts of the body, and give to the larger (hips, shoulders) so those areas/pressure points don’t become sore.

Many people go to futons, but a cheap futon mattress won’t work for long-term use because of the last point of support and “give.”  Other people try to use a mattress and wood-slat base – a better solution, because you can invest in a really good quality mattress and you won’t have to move the box spring.

There IS a warranty on higher-quality beds, even the first 30-days – IF you put a plastic cover on the mattress.  That warranty creeps me out a little, though, but it’s there.

Have a look at this news report:

Before you go on your mattress quest – determine whether you’re both back, side or tummy (horrors) sleepers.  If you’re both side sleepers, you’re probably looking for the same type mattress.  If you’re a side sleeper sleeping with a back sleeper, then the former should be in a medium to soft mattress, while the latter should be in a firm.  In this case, a Sleep Number bed will be a good choice, or two twins of different types put together.

to be continued ….

About Margo

Margo Linder has over 24 years experience helping clients ( gain better health with her products. She is a busy mother of ten (19 - 39) and grandmother of seventeen, who enjoys reading, sewing painting and interior design. Margo writes as if passing on bits of information to her very large family of children, their spouses and grandchildren - and anyone else who might be listening. She will explore how small life changes (tweaks) will make a huge difference to enjoyment of life and general well-being. The World Health Organization defines health in terms of complete physical, social and mental/psychological well-being. So this is about the "whole" person. She emphasizes that she is not a health professional or scientist, but offers food-for-thought from life experience, her health business and their scientists, her own research and common sense.
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One Response to The Mattress-Buying Expedition

  1. zz says:

    Very nice! Please continue to write if you have more to share.

    What kind of bed in your mind will be a better choice for a person who has back pain sometime?Also is there a matress choice could help people to keep good back posture after sleep?)
    Thank you :)

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