Are You and your Mattress made for each other? If not, it’s time to shop for a new one.

My job takes me all over the country and and while I do enjoy the thrill of visiting new places, and as much as the travelling sates the wanderlust in me, the one thing I miss sorely when I’m away is my bed, or to be more specific my mattress. My precious memory foam mattress, which I arrived at after much trial and error, always ensures that I get the rest I need without waking up with any nagging aches and pains.

As mentioned earlier, I had to go through a process of trial and error because I sought the advice of other people (friends, colleague and salesmen) when it came to my mattress choices. After a lot of indecision and returned or exchanged merchandise I started to realise that comfort is highly subjective. I’m hoping that my experience will help (at least) some of you make this decision slightly easier. While there are no set rules to follow, finding out what specific type of mattress works for you is well worth the effort.

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To begin with you need to ask yourself- Do you like a "springier" mattress or do you like a more "stable and non-responsive" mattress? This will lead you to the next important step, which is, to get to know different types of soft, firm, foam, and coil mattresses, to really understand what you want. While you don't necessarily need to spend a fortune, do bear in mind that lower-priced innerspring mattresses tend to be less durable, and you might feel the springs through thinner padding.

As part of the process of discovering your perfect mattress, you would also need to consider factors like: Are you mostly a side-sleeper or stomach sleeper? If you are broad-shouldered or carry more weight around the hips. There are a host of online resources that can help you do some preliminary research as to your specific mattress needs.

While many of us love the idea of sinking into a soft mattress that almost engulfs us in its embrace, it’s important to remember that for a good mattress to serve its purpose, there must be a balance between comfort and support. This is the difference between the mattress “feeling” good when you lay in it and the mattresses ability to keep your spine aligned while you are sleeping. Simply put, it means that while you are sleeping your spine needs to be in the same alignment as when you are standing up straight with good posture.

Testing the mattress. For many of us, 15 to 20 minutes may not be enough to know if the mattress is right for us but in general testing each mattress at the store can give you a pretty good idea about what you are about to purchase.

If you’re anything like me, you may not really know if you and your mattress are a match made in sleep heaven until you've spent a week or two in it—and have seen how you feel in the morning. Be sure to check the return policy. Purchase your mattress from a store with a generous return policy, generally 30 days, in case problems arise when you give it the overnight test.

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