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Five Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Memory Foam Mattress

When you buy a new mattress, it’s never a good idea to just pick one out at the store or online and buy it.

If you’re going to be spending a third of your life lying on something, then you’d better take your time to make the best possible choice. That means trying out the mattress by spending some time lying on it and asking the right questions of the seller. An informed decision will ensure that your investment is the right one. Here are the five questions to ask before purchasing a memory foam mattress.

What is the Mattress’ Density?

You may not have ever considered density when purchasing a mattress, but it can make a huge difference in how effective your mattress is for your sleep needs. There are three levels of density, ranging from low to high. High-density memory foam has a weight of around 10 pounds per square foot. Medium-density is approximately 4 or 5 pounds per cubic foot. Most people find that medium density works well for them but personal preferences can vary. If a brand or seller is trustworthy, they will tell you the exact density of the foam. If they do not, then it might be a good idea to find somewhere else to buy your mattress.

What Materials is it Made From?

One thing that you might be concerned with is what kind of materials are used in the manufacturing of your mattress. Memory foam mattresses can be made from natural materials, petroleum-based materials, or gel-based materials. Most memory foam mattresses are petroleum-based. Many people are concerned with the chemicals and toxins that are present in the materials and can leach into the skin. Natural memory foam mattresses are environmentally friendly and do not contain any harsh chemicals. Gel-based mattresses are better at keeping the body cool than the other options.

What Kind of Warranty is Available?

Warranties can vary between brands, so you should take that into consideration when making your choice. A mattress is an important investment and Each Night can help you decide. You do not want to be stuck holding the bag if something goes wrong with yours. Check out online reviews for the brands you are considering to make sure there are no complaints from customers who weren’t able to get their refunds or replacements under warranty.

Check out the warranty offered by the brand and see which one offers the longest warranty period. But that alone should not be the consideration. If there is a brand that offers a longer warranty but seems to resist honoring it, then you may want to go with the shorter warranty that provides fewer hassles.

Is the Mattress Safe For Allergies?

A normal memory foam mattress is much better for allergy sufferers than a conventional mattress. Memory foam is manufactured to have allergen repelling properties, so dust mites, microbial organisms, and other nasties do not stick to the material. However, if you have severe allergies, you may want to go with a mattress that offers the most protection. Mattresses are notorious breeding grounds for germs and bugs that thrive in hot and moist conditions. Latex-based memory foam is the most hypoallergenic option out there and is probably your best bet to prevent your allergy symptoms from flaring up during the night.

Will it Accommodate Your Sleep Style?

Probably the most important factor when picking any mattress is how comfortable it is when you lie on it. Most people have a preferred sleeping position, whether it’s on the side, the back, or even on the stomach. If the mattress you choose isn’t appropriate for how you like to sleep, then you may not have as much comfort as you could for the years to come. With memory foam, you should never be uncomfortable, but you may not have the maximum comfort.

For instance, if you sleep on your side, you will want a mattress that is at least 8 inches thick. The weight is more centralized and less spread out amongst the body so you will want the extra support. This thickness also ensures that vulnerable spots like the knees and hips are not under too much pressure. People who sleep on their backs have the pressure distributed more evenly throughout the body, so they may not need the extra support. This is why it is important to test out the mattress for longer than a few seconds. You may feel silly lying in bed for 20 minutes in the store, but you will be glad you did when you have a mattress that is perfect for your sleeping style.

As you can see, a lot more goes into choosing a mattress than finding one that is the right price online, or one that looks good in the store. Make sure to ask a lot of questions and to test out the mattress thoroughly before you buy. You will spend a lot of time in bed, so make sure you get the absolute best memory foam mattress for you. 

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