These are two very common questions I am asked.

It is generally recommended that you get a new mattress approximately every ten years. Of course, if you have a cheap mattress you may need to change it sooner than that!

So how do you know if your mattress is in need of changing?  Well, for a start, if every morning you wake up feeling stiff and sore, then chances are your mattress is the cause. Especially, if you go to bed feeling ok and the soreness/stiffness dissipates shortly after you get up and moving.

 

Other obvious reasons would be that it is lumpy, sagging, or just doesn’t feel like it supports you properly anymore.
So the next question is: What mattress should I get.

There are so many mattresses available these days, it makes it very difficult to know which one is the best. There are so many to choose from – firm, hard, inner-spring, memory foam, pillow top, latex etc.

Everybody has different preferences and what is an amazing sleep experience for some, may be a nightmare for others.

On the weekend I stayed in a hotel that had extremely firm beds. “Not a problem. Firm mattresses are recommended. “, I thought. Until the next morning when I woke up. I had severe low back pain and felt tight in between my shoulders. It was too firm and didn’t give at all to allow for my spine and position when sleeping.

Anyone making a recommendation will usually do so on their own personal experience. And, once again, this may not be right for you. I guess that is why they’ve developed the sleep number beds, where you can have different firmnesses on two halves of the same bed.  In saying that, most people find medium is best. Generally, people with spinal degeneration and arthritis need more support, which is why a medium firm mattress makes them more comfortable. And for those of us that aren’t suffering from degeneration, medium still offers the best support. As to whether you should have springs, coils, latex or what, that comes down to personal preference.

Most bedding places let you lie down on the mattresses in store for the opportunity to get a quick assessment.

Hope this helps when choosing your next mattress.