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How to Choose a Mattress for the Best Night's Sleep

Posted April 18, 2022

Did you know you'll spend an average of 33 years in bed over the course of your life? Some of us will spend that time sleeping blissfully while others will toss and turn. The good news is that you can improve the quality of your sleep by investing in a good mattress.

How your mattress influences sleep quality

Sleep deprivation can cause sleepiness throughout the day, have a negative impact on your mood, and reduce your productivity at work. Not getting enough sleep also increases your risk of developing a wide range of health conditions, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Why do you toss and turn at night? There's a network of fine blood vessels under your skin. During the night, your weight can reduce blood flow in those vessels. Your brain reacts by sending signals that cause you to shift your body weight. Tossing and turning many times throughout the night makes it difficult to enter long periods of deep sleep.

A quality mattress reduces pressure points and allows for better blood flow. You'll be less likely to toss and turn at night if you sleep on one.

Those who suffer from back pain should look for a supportive mattress with a contouring feature. A contouring material such as gel or foam will keep your head, shoulders, spine, and hips aligned.

A mattress that's too soft won't keep your spine aligned and can contribute to back pain. On the other hand, a mattress that's too firm will create additional pressure points, reducing blood flow and increasing pressure on your spine.

Mattress innovations

Mattress manufacturers are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of your sleep. Here are some exciting innovations to consider when shopping for a new mattress:

  • Adjustable bases. An adjustable base can elevate your back or legs and are an ideal option if you suffer from back pain.
  • Cooling technology. Temperature-controlled mattresses, gel inserts, aerated latex, and other cooling technologies are ideal for hot nights.
  • Pocketed springs. Modern innerspring mattresses often use pocketed springs to isolate motions and improve bounce.
  • Body contouring. Manufacturers use materials such as memory foam, latex, and gel to create a comfortable top layer that contours and supports your body.
  • Hybrid mattresses. Hybrid models are becoming a common option, combining the benefits of different materials and technologies.

Tips for choosing the right mattress

Is it time to replace your mattress? Mattresses typically last between eight and 12 years. It's time for a replacement if sleeping on it feels uncomfortable or it's approaching the end of its lifetime.

What is best for you depends on your sleep position, body type, and personal preferences. We recommend you try different mattresses. Don't hesitate to lie down on them just as you would at home to see whether one is comfortable and supportive of your usual sleep position.

Softer mattresses or medium firmness level are best for side sleepers. Back sleepers can benefit from sleeping on a firm one, but you should go with what feels comfortable.

Queen City Audio Video Appliances has a large selection of mattresses adapted to a wide range of sleeping styles and preferences. We offer traditional pillow-top, memory foam mattresses, and hybrid mattresses and products with the latest innovations, such as adjustable bases.

Come in today and take our sleep test to find the best mattress for you.

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