The average American spends 11 hours lying in bed each day. Naturally, they don’t spend all that time in bed sleeping. They are no doubt also watching high-brow television programming and reading instructional books.

But regardless of what you are doing in bed, you would like to be comfortable there. This goes far beyond ensuring that your pillow shams match your duvet. It also means laying yourself across a comfortable mattress each night!

Why Is a Good Mattress Important?

You’ve probably already had the misfortune of sleeping on a bad mattress: with hot, itchy ticking and springs with tips like knitting needles that poke into your back all night long. Pure misery. But rather than dwell on the negative, let’s elaborate the benefits you can expect from a comfortable mattress.

  • Alleviate stress and anxiety. Neuroscience has demonstrated that a sleepless night can raise anxiety by as much as 30 percent. “Without sleep, it’s almost as if the brain is too heavy on the emotional accelerator pedal, without enough brake,” says Professor Matthew Walker of University of California. Fortunately, you can expect your anxiety level to plummet once you have enjoyed a restful night’s sleep.

  • Promote correct posture. A comfortable mattress provides ideal support to your neck, spine, back and legs. This is essential to ensuring you maintain correct posture, which in turn promotes greater confidence and self-esteem, gives you more energy and a better mood, helps you breathe more easily, and reduces the frequency with which you experience headaches and even injuries.

  • Reduce exposure to allergens. If you use an old mattress, then you aren’t just inhaling dust and dead skin cells while you sleep at night. You are also sleeping amongst millions of dust mites – microscopic insects that thrive in upholstered surfaces and which commonly exacerbate symptoms of asthma. Regularly washing your bedding helps, but you can only eliminate your exposure to hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dust mites by replacing your mattress.

  • Eliminate annoying noise. When an old mattress wears out, its metal coils begin to squeak as they rub against each other. We needn’t elaborate why an annoyingly noisy mattress is undesirable – you just don’t want to hear it!

How to Choose the Right New Mattress

There are thousands of mattresses available. More than a few of them will give you a comfortable and restful night’s sleep. But how do you make certain that you’ll choose one of them? It’s not so difficult if you follow our tips!

  • Pick the correct firmness for your sleeping position. The position you sleep in determines the mattress firmness that will best support your spine. If you sleep on your back or stomach, a firmer mattress is ideal. If you sleep on your side, a softer mattress will prevent your body weight from placing pressure against your hips and shoulders.

  • Pick the correct firmness for your body type. If you have a higher body weight, look for a firmer mattress that is thicker than 12 inches. If you are lighter, a softer mattress is likely better suited for your sleep needs. If you are over six feet tall, take care to buy a new mattress that will fully accommodate your body.

  • Pick the correct mattress for your budget. Innerspring mattresses are typically the most economical. Foam and hybrid (which combine metal coils with top layers of soft foam) mattresses cost more, although their higher price tags are typically accompanied by greater comfort.

  • Pick the correct topper. Mattress toppers made of latex, memory foam, polyester blend, feathers and wool are all available. They all vary in price, softness, support, antimicrobial properties, and even scent. Memory foam is especially popular thanks to its ability to absorb tossing and turning before it can upset your partner, although it is usually more expensive. Appreciating the several toppers’ relative pros and cons is only possible by visiting a store – a huge caveat to anyone who is considering purchasing a mattress online.

  • Pick a good brand. Quality matters. An inexpensive mattress may seem appealing if you are trying to stick to a budget, but you must bear in mind that a cheap mattress may last half as long as one that doesn’t cost twice as much. This is why Happy Sleeper Mattress & Furniture Store exclusively offers mattresses by industry leaders such as Spring Air and Restonic – American companies that offer the best balance of price and quality, so you can rest assured you got the best mattress deal the greater St. Cloud, MN area has to offer.

Don’t buy a mattress without testing it out first! Come to our showroom at 4 24th Ave S in Waite Park for assistance selecting the ideal mattress for your budget, body type and sleeping preferences, or contact us today to learn more about our quality mattresses in stock!