One-third of our life should be spent asleep. We all know sleep is essential. But did you know you’ll die of sleep deprivation faster than food deprivation? According to the Better Sleep Council, it takes two weeks to starve, but 10 days without sleep can kill you.
“The science of sleep is just starting to be fully explored,” says Kerry Trammel, president of Lady Americana, an Oklahoma City-based mattress manufacturer. “The business of sleep aids is booming in America.”
If restful sleep eludes you, your mattress could be the culprit. The Better Sleep Council suggests answering the following questions: Is your mattress older than five years? Do you wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains? Have you had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed? Does your mattress sag or have lumps?
Buying a new mattress might seem like an expensive investment. However, considering it’s likely the most-used product you own, it is one of the best cost-per-day values on the market. Additionally, given the impact the right mattress can have on your health and overall well being, it might be the best investment you can make.
With the variety of options available, the perfect mattress is out there. Although, that variety might make the perfect one hard to find.
“Mattresses are a lot like beauty,” explains Trammel. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is no one size fits all.”
First, educate yourself on the options available. “The traditional spring mattress has been the tried and true technology for years,” says Trammel. “Customers now have more choices than ever before.”
Advances in technology and materials have given consumers more options to consider.
Solid foam mattresses and adjustable beds are growing in popularity, says Trammel.
“Adjustable beds were once just for the elderly,” explains Trammel. “It’s now becoming a lifestyle choice.
“When you are choosing a car, most dealers are offering the same products as everyone else,” he adds. “With a mattress, it’s more difficult.”
So to narrow down your options, experts suggest finding a trusted manufacturer and a reputable dealer with well-informed sales representatives.
“Go to a store with several different products on the floor that you can try out,” suggests Trammel.
Once you are in the store, don’t be shy about test-driving the mattresses. The Better Sleep Council recommends removing your shoes and lying down on several different models in various positions, especially the one you usually sleep in. The extra time spent helps ensure you are making the right investment.
“If you can, try to find a store that offers a return policy so you can get a feel of a real night’s sleep,” offers Trammel.
Budget is a major concern, but comfort, support and durability should be the most important factors you consider.
“Most manufacturers offer a variety of prices,” says Trammel. “You should be able to find a mattress that fits your needs and your budget.”
The best option is to shop for the best value, not always the lowest price, says the Better Sleep Council. Instead, buy the highest quality sleep set you can afford. You’ll have many restful night’s sleep in return.