Mattress Maze: How To Navigate Your Way Through The Mattress Store, And Find The Perfect Mattress, Without Losing Your Mind

Replacing a mattress may seem like a simple task until you walk in the door of your local mattress store. You may wonder where to start. You may feel confused by the number of choices available in mattresses and amount of mattress brands today. This is especially true if it's been several years since you last purchased a mattress for your bed.

The key to success is being prepared before you shop. Knowing how to navigate the mattress store will help you narrow down the choices and choose the right mattress you need for a great night's sleep.

What can you afford to spend?

Mattresses can range from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Decide on a realistic budget before you leave the house. This will prevent you from being pressured by an overzealous sales associate. If a sales associate offers to assist you in selecting a mattress, be firm regarding your budget limits.

However, don't choose a bargain mattress just to save money if you can afford to spend more. The quality of the mattress typically goes up with the cost, so opt for the best quality you can afford while staying within your budget. A mattress is an investment that will last for years, so choose wisely.

Consider your sleep habits

If you sleep with a partner, you may want to choose a mattress with good motion isolation to prevent you and your partner from keeping each other awake. Look for an innerspring mattress with pocketed coils or a dual-chamber air-filled mattress that controls motion. Mattresses with dual-chambers also allow for adaptability if you and your partner have different sleeping positions.

If you sleep on your stomach, a memory-foam mattress may be uncomfortable. Instead, choose a mattress with a dense innerspring and firm surface top.

If you're a side sleeper, you will want your mattress to provide good pressure-point relief. A firm mattress will provide the least amount of pressure relief. You best option will be a memory-foam mattress or one with a fluffy top layer.

If you're a back sleeper, most any type of mattress will work great for you. Try out a variety of types and choose the one that is most comfortable.

If you are prone to having problems with excess body heat, you may want to avoid foam and latex-topped mattresses as these materials tend to hold in heat. Look for a fiberfill-topped innerspring mattress instead.

If you suffer with frequent allergy symptoms, you may do best with a foam or latex mattress. These materials are naturally antimicrobial and will resist dust mites and mold.

Try before you buy

Once you narrow down your options, try out several mattresses before you make your final decision. Make sure you lie in your typical sleeping position when trying out each mattress, and don't rush through the process. A reputable dealer will encourage you to take your time before making a final decision.

Being prepared is the key to successfully navigating the mattress maze without losing your mind. Knowing what you can afford, and the types of mattresses best suited for your sleeping habits, will help you make the right choice. A new mattress is an investment that will pay off in years of restful sleep.