How to buy the right mattress
Buying a mattress is more than a decision, it's an experience - and our
Sleep Experts can help you every step of the way. After all, we know more
about mattresses and what it takes to get a good nights sleep than anyone else in
Things to consider before you buy a mattress.
Establish your needs.
Why are you shopping for a new bed? Are you looking for more comfort, a new size
or something with more support? Share your needs with our
Sleep Experts and they will show you a breadth of options.
Know your budget.
Getting a restful sleep is very important for your health. That's why we recommend
investing in the best mattress that your budget will allow. Our
Sleep Experts will help you find the best mattress for your needs that fits
within your price range. We also offer
no interest financing options and
How to Buy a Mattress: 5 key considerations.
Comfort — relax, stay a while
When you're shopping for a new bed, it's important to lie on several mattresses
in your normal sleep position for as long as you want — or at least long enough
to really know how it feels. Often, people trying mattresses inside
our stores say, "I can't believe how different
types and brands
Finding the right mattress for you means
feeling the differences for yourself. When you visit a Sleep
America location, wear comfortable clothing and if possible, bring your
partner. After all, comfort level is a personal thing and you're going to be spending
a lot of time resting on the mattress you choose.
Size — bigger is better
Make sure you purchase a mattress that gives you plenty of room to move. You and
your sleep partner should be able to stretch, roll over, and move your arms and
legs without disturbing each other's sleep.
Support — there's a mattress for every sleep style
Your new mattress should gently conform to your body while keeping your spine in
a relaxed, neutral position. To make sure you get the proper level of support, think
in terms of your sleeping position.
Are you a Side Sleeper?
The majority of people prefer to sleep on their side, which puts more pressure on
your shoulders and hips. So you need a sleep surface with extra cushioning that
allows you to “sink in” enough to also support your side like Pillowtops
Learn more about Side Sleeper
Are you a Stomach Sleeper?
Sleep professionals do not recommend sleeping on your stomach because your back
doesn't like to be arched backwards. If you sleep on your stomach, it's best if
you look for more padding in the upholstery layers to allow the bed to conform to
your body shape.
Learn more about Stomach
Are you a Back Sleeper?
When you sleep on your back, your weight is usually more evenly distributed over
a larger surface. However, if your bed is not providing the proper support, the
natural curves of your back may have to shift alignment in order to meet the mattress.
Learn more about Back Sleeper
Durability — the foundation for a good nights rest
Mattresses are much thicker and heavier these days and need a strong foundation
to provide consistent support and enhance overall durability. Keep in mind that
a new mattress and foundation are designed to work together to provide the best
performance and longest life.
Price — it's a smart investment in your health
Getting a good night's rest is important for your health. That's why it's a good
idea to buy the best mattress you can afford. Of the thousands of mattresses available,
we have carefully chosen fifty or so models that truly represent great choice at
every price level. Our Sleep Experts can explain exactly what the differences are
between each mattress, making it easier for you to choose.
Plus, you can finance your entire purchase, even the taxes! To learn more about
your options, including zero-down, zero-interest,
no credit check financing, ask our
Sleep Experts at a Sleep America store nearest you.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know I need a new mattress?
Physical signs of an aging mattress.
- You're not comfortable sleeping in your current bed
- You're not sleeping well
- You're consistently feel tired in the morning
- You're waking up stiff and sore
- You're waking up with "pins and needles" in your arms or legs
- You're waking up when your partner rolls over or gets up at night
The internal parts of a mattress noticeably start to deteriorate after seven to
ten years of sleeping on it every night. You may also notice:
- A valley in the middle of the bed, which means you feel like you're always "rolling
towards the center.
- Your bed feels lumpy, which means springs and foams wear out and no longer "push
back'' hard enough to support your body.
What makes a good mattress?
Two key words: comfort and support. If you have the right balance of comfort and
support to match your body type and how you sleep, a great night's sleep isn't far
Do I need to purchase a new box spring or foundation?
Since mattresses and box springs are designed to work together, if one needs to
be replaced chances are the other does, too. If possible, purchase your new mattress
with the foundation that is designed to complement it.
What's the best way to try a mattress?
If you sleep with a partner, both of you should shop together if you can. Wear comfortable
clothing. It's all about lying down in your normal sleeping position for a few minutes.
Roll over, stretch out and relax. Do this with several mattresses and you'll quickly
discover the models that feel the most comfortable.
What if I'm not sleeping better on my new mattress? Can I return or exchange it?
It can take a few weeks to adjust to your new mattress. But after the "adjustment
period" if you're not enjoying significantly better sleep, you should exchange it.
At Sleep America, we offer a comfort
so you can easily exchange it.
How do I care for my mattress?
The best way to keep your mattress in great shape is to rotate it 180 degrees every
3 months (or every month for the first 6 months for new mattresses). That means
what was once at your head is now at your feet. Protecting your new mattress with
a quality mattress pad is also a smart move. Vacuuming is recommended to keep your
surface clean, and if you purchased a mattress protection plan, a cleaning kit is