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New Mattress - What to Consider

by David Keam

You've followed the recommendation from a Dr. or Chiropractor to replace your mattress every eight years or so,  so now it's time to head to the store or search online for a new one. Which one though? From classic sprung-pocket coil mattresses to cutting-edge memory foam and everything in between, the sheer diversity of mattresses on the market today  can be time consuming for the smart consumer who wants their moneys worth.  Do you prefer sinking into a softer mattress or  the feel of a hard firm one? Here are a few things to keep in mind before you make your final choice because there are many factors to consider before you part with your money.


Just how do you sleep?

Although it may seem strange to ask, the type of mattress that will give you the most comfort and support depends on how you like to sleep. Do you turn over at night? (The majority do.) Or do you favour lying flat on your stomach or your back? If you sleep on your side, you run the danger of getting pressure-point aches and pains all over your body, especially in the neck, shoulders, and key joints like the hips. The goal is to adopt a stance in which these important points of contact are not put under any stress or pressure. A  high quality firm but soft mattress is a good starting place because they will conform to the shape of your body and give you support where you need it.



Are you a log or a wriggler?

How agitated are you during sleep? If you frequently wake up in the middle of the night tossing and turning, your mattress may not be providing you with the support you want for a restful night's sleep. Or really it’s probably simply too hard. However, other people simply have wriggly bodies and change positions frequently as they sleep. This can cause discomfort to your partner as well as yourself.

To improve your chances of getting a good night's sleep, try chilling your bedroom down by one or two degrees and buy a mattress that is very firm to support you but has pressure relief so you stay stiller so both you and your partner can rest.

No matter what kind of athlete you are—marathon runners, triathletes, swimmers, or cyclists—a restful night's sleep is crucial to your success. With air-sprung and memory foam technology, sports mattresses are made with more active people in mind and will provide you with the finest night's sleep imaginable. If you take your sport seriously, they are a little more pricey but well worth the expenditure.



Having your partner sleep on your mattress:

If you share a bed with someone, you must consider not only your requirements but also theirs. So be careful to get a mattress that both of you will find comfortable



Latex in a mattress has never caused an allergic reaction ever in the history of the industry. Doctors and nurses who have these latex allergies have successfully bought latex mattresses because their allergy is to the powder in and on the gloves they come in contact with every day; not the real natural latex in the mattress that you will never come in contact with. These mattresses offer additional cushioning and support, lifespan, and are used in some of the most modern long-lasting designs. It's also been around for 100 years, so unlike many modern mattress ideas that prove not to work after they are sold into the consumer market (like Purple, whose stock has gone from 33.33 cents to 4.80 cents).

When you buy real natural latex from Best Sleep. The experiment was done 75 years ago, not on you.


Back issues & what do you weigh?

Orthopaedic mattresses are built naturally harder to give persons with back problems additional tenacity in the upper layers; but selecting a mattress that is overly hard might make back problems, particularly lower-back problems, worse. So if you prefer a firm, hard mattress, by all means get one, but before you spend the money, make sure it will work for you. Also maybe spend a little more money and find a mattress that will support a 400 lbs client but will do it like sleeping on a cloud. The biggest myth in the mattress industry is; hard is firm and soft is not. Quality is firm and can be without pressure at the same time. “Sleeping on a cloud”.


How much can you spend?

If you make a wise choice, a high-quality mattress should last you at least 8 to 10 years or even more. Many of our clients get 14 or 20 and many of our competitors get three or six. A good quality mattress can be more money in the beginning and far less cost over time. Two or four trips a year deleted from your chiropractic or massage therapy needs pays for the average great mattress.


One more piece of advice...

To ensure you get the correct size mattress, be sure to measure your bed.


In the end.

Advice is only as good as the person giving it to you. Over the years I’ve had customers tell me all kinds of crazy things that their friends, family and or even professionals have told them to look for in a mattress. At Best Sleep, 953 St James St., we work directly with you, to find you, the best mattress for you (and yours)!

What do you weigh, what can you afford, how long do you want it to last, how hot do you sleep, how heavy is your occasional or constant partner, etc.? The more you spend on a mattress in the right store the less it costs over time and the deeper you should sleep over a longer time each night.

If you're truly interested in finding the best mattress you can afford to increase your sleep and your health, come and 'Find Us' at Best Sleep Centre 953 St. James St. in Winnipeg, Manitoba or online at


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