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Whether it’s online or in store, buying a mattress can be a daunting task. There are a myriad of choices -whether it’s springs or foam, soft or firm, a brick and mortar store or an online startup. Rogers is here to help with a few quick tips to jumpstart your mattress searching. By following even just these three things, you’ll be on your way to better sleep.
Pay attention to price. Don’t believe every deal.
Mattress companies like to take advantage of every markup they have, constantly giving too good to be true deals. And while there are often legitimate sales available to you, be careful not to choose the cheapest option possible. The cheapest mattresses are still an investment, and they might not last quite as long as you would expect. This means you’ll have to replace it sooner and will end up spending more in the long run. Consider comfort, durability, and price when you’re shopping. Not just price alone.
Buy from a reputable company.
Making good mattresses takes experience. It is a large purchase-an investment even- and you’ll want to find a trustworthy manufacturer. You not only want a company that has been around for awhile, but one that provides you with enough choices to make a personalized decision.
Pick what’s best for you, personally.
Everyone may have their own opinion on what mattress is best, but the truth is that all bodies are different. One mattress might be better for your body than your friends, or another online reviewer. Once you’ve chosen a reputable company to buy from, pick the mattress that is best suited to your sleep.
In the old days, they said if you had back pain you needed to stick a board under your back. Has this held up? The answer might surprise you.
Over time, mattress technology has advanced greatly. So great, in fact, that you don’t need to sacrifice comfort for good support. Most mattresses are built from the bottom up. Take Rogers mattresses, for example. We start with the Powercore spring unit. On top of that are different combinations of what we call comfort layers, which are called that because they are indeed there for your personal comfort. The Powercore spring unit is doing all the heavy lifting supporting your back, while the comfort layers cushion you where you need cushioning.
Because of this modern form of mattress construction, different plushness levels will be better for different types of sleepers. Here are some rules of thumb you can follow, if you’re wondering if soft or firm is best for you.
If you’re a back sleeper, stick to firm. Back sleepers need the even weight distribution to keep their spines aligned.
Side sleepers are different due to the curves in your body-your hips and your shoulders need somewhere to go. A little cushion allows them to sink in, which in turn allows your spine to straighten.
Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy the softest mattress. When you sleep on your stomach, it’s likely you put your arms underneath you to snuggle up. You need plenty of cushion to make sure those muscles aren’t getting pinched.
It’s important when you’re shopping to focus on comfort and support, rather than firm or plush. As long as a mattress has a good support system- like our Powercore pocketed coils – any amount of plush top will be plenty supportive for your back.
Finding the right time to purchase a new mattress can be tricky. Many don’t actively think about it, and find themselves getting poor sleep without being able to pinpoint the cause. Here are 5 signs that might mean it’s time to replace your mattress.
You can see impressions where you sleep
There is a certain amount of normal wear that is to be expected with a mattress. Much like a nice pair of shoes, a mattress will break in to conform to your individual body. But if your mattress has a depression greater than an inch and a half, or there is a hump in the middle of your mattress, it may be time to replace it.
You wake up sore
If you wake up sore or stiff, and loosen up within the first few hours of the day, your mattress might be the culprit. Pain from a bad mattress usually recurs every morning, and dissipates throughout the day.
Sleeping in a hotel-or anywhere else-is more comfortable
Many people don’t get good sleep when they’re in an unfamiliar environment. But if you find your deepest snooze anywhere but your bed, it’s a telltale sign the bed needs replacement.
You feel tired even after getting a full night sleep
Just because you get a lot of sleep, it doesn’t mean it’s good sleep. An old or bad mattress can create pinch point when you sleep, keeping you from settling in and getting comfortable enough for a deep rest.
Your mattress is giving you allergy symptoms
Over time, mattresses gather dust, dust mites, skin and hair cells from our bodies (yuck). The average queen mattress actually doubles in weight in ten year, mainly due to this. If you find yourself with a scratchy throat, or sneezing every time you wake up, it might be your mattress.
When you spend a third of your life on your mattress, what’s inside is of utmost importance. There are any number of things that can be in a mattress, from poly-foam to even horsehair. Latex is one of the healthiest materials used inside any mattress. Here’s why.
Latex comes from the rubber tree
You can sleep well knowing latex is a plant based material. Most foams used in mattresses are petroleum based. Latex is harvested from the rubber tree, and put through cleaning processes to become the comfort foam in your mattress.
Latex has an open cell structure
Time to get a little scientific. Latex has an open cell structure, while memory foams have a closed cell structure. This means latex operates more like a spring-where it can easily and quickly return to its original shape. Because of its structure, latex is naturally cool, resilient, and soft.
It’s naturally anti-microbial and hypoallergenic
The cellular structure of foam is inhospitable to pesky things like bacteria and dust mites. Latex also does not hold moisture or get hot, making it a very clean environment.
Latex is a fast responding foam
Remember the old memory foam commercials where someone would press their hand in, and the imprint of their hand would stay on the foam? Latex is the opposite of that. It cradles you, rather than letting you sink in and get stuck.
While all latex is a healthy option, not all is made equal. Make sure the latex in your mattress is certified environmentally friendly.
Let’s face it-good sleep is now a fad. We’ve listened to the wise wisdom telling us to incorporate sleep into our lives as one of the most imperative forms of self-care. Merchandisers have listened too, and given us everything from an ever-growing mattress market, to wearable sleep tracking devices. Fitness trackers have become ubiquitous forms of wearable tech, and most have the ability to track sleep stages, length, and deepness to help you on your infinite quest for good rest. But are these helpful tools actually…helpful?
Most sleep trackers measure sleep by monitoring your movement. The problem is, this data isn’t always accurate. And while some more advanced trackers even take heartbeat into account, the two most definitive measures of you sleep are a sleep study, and yourself. That’s right-self reporting tends to give you a more accurate picture of your sleep than sleep trackers.
What does this mean for your sleep? First off, if you’re obsessively relying on your sleep tracker data stream with an exclusive goal of sleeping sounder, you may be exacerbating your anxiety needlessly. A recent study coined the term “Orthosomnia” for this phenomenon of being so preoccupied with improving your sleep data, you’re ruining your sleep in the process. This particular study analyzed people who sought treatment based on problems they thought they had, according to their sleep trackers.
The key to wearable sleep trackers is finding a healthy balance. Use them to track quantity, rather than quality. See for yourself if you feel better with 7 hours, or 8 hours of sleep. If you think you may have a problem with your sleep, see your doctor for an official diagnosis. Of course, we still think the best way to join the sleep fad is with a supportive new mattress, but we might be biased.