I attended a brunch not too long ago and ended up sitting next to a women who was intriguing, poised and had a relaxed yet professional vibe that makes you want to know more about her. Turns out she (Deanna) is the "girl" of Mattress Girls & Guys, a wholesale mattress store that offers a variety of options for significantly less cost.
As a Chiropractor I get asked about mattresses and pillows quite often, but you never know what you don't know so I was eager to reach out to her to improve my mattress knowledge.
What should people consider when buying a mattress?
Comfort. The first question I ask anyone in the market for a mattress is why they are looking for a mattress “right now”. Is it that they aren’t sleeping? Are the tossing and turning? In the absence of an injury that could be a factor, a new mattress is likely what they need. Whether someone is a stomach, bike or side sleeper, if they aren’t comfortable, it doesn’t matter how “good” the mattress is, they won’t sleep well. I recommend everyone lay on a mattress on their side before purchase as this is the position with the most significant pressure points. They should be able to feel comfortable in this position.
How long should a mattress last?
A typically warranty is 10 years so technically the mattress should last for that long. Ideally, we should replace our mattresses every 5 or so years. There are many variable as to why we may want to replace it sooner than later, including the changes our own body has experienced (are we heavier, do we have new injuries, etc). One important recommendation is to use a mattress cover. Most warranties are void without one. The reason for this is that over time, sloughed off skin can get into the fibres of the mattress and break down the foam inside. It can actually half the lifetime of your mattress!
How do we know when itsa time to replace a mattress?
When you are no longer getting a good sleep. Many factors can contribute to the need for a new mattress beyond the age of the mattress though... your body weight, an injury that may need more support or more softness or simply changes to your body over time.
Should people seek soft, medium or firm mattresses?
This is a tough question because the feel of a mattress is often subjective. What is firm to one person may feel quite soft to another. I tell people that the comfort of the mattress is what will allow you to fall asleep and what’s IN the mattress is what will keep you asleep.
If someone typically moves around a lot in their sleep, they will want a mattress that allows them to do so without effort. A soft foam mattress where they may sink in more may not be the best choice for them. If someone is very heavy, they may want to consider what feels comfortable but can stand-up over time.
Regardless, is important that people give 2 weeks to 1 month to get used to their new mattress. Just like breaking in new shoes, it can take time for the mattress to settle and for your own body to adapt.
If you are in the market for a new mattress I can’t recommend The Mattress Girl enough! Straight to the point, no fluff information to help you make an informed decision! A no-pressure showroom to find the best mattress for you at wholesale prices!
Of course, ensuring your body is moving and adapting optimally will also help improve your comfort level and sleep which is fundamental for healing and daily rejuvenation!