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Mattress Selection - A Practical Approach
I have been using the same old bed ever since I was a teenager and it had been comfortable until 3 years ago, when my legs had finally cross the finishing line at the border of the mattress. It bothered me to feel my legs hanging in mid air when I sleep. Enough is enough. A new mattress is a must.
I for one am a tall person of 183cm. I also weigh 86kg and that makes any soft mattress sink after a few months. So these led me to the quest of getting my new mattress from my dad's mattress store. Being a mattress store heir doesn't make me a mattress expert. But as an eager learner, I sure did absorb a lot during my mattress shopping time and I can honestly share this with you; buying a mattress requires logic and commonsense which is seldom present when most people are shopping.
One can easily be blinded by promotions and discounts and the outlook of the product rather than the features and benefits which suits you as an individual. Therefore, I have decided to pen down the few tips and approach for the benefit of every would be mattress buyer:
i) What's your height?
If you are a tall person, then you're in trouble when shopping for a mattress. Though its a blessing to be tall, because its rare, then its also a curse when it comes to shopping for mattress because long mattresses only exists in custom made orders. This will cost you extra money but its well worth it compared to having your feet dangling in the air while you sleep.
ii) Do you suffer from backaches and pains?
If you have backache and pains, then the best solution is a firm mattress and a contour pillow. Firm mattresses provide excellent lumbar support and a contour pillow will give your neck and head a good support too. A great brand of mattress I'd like to tell you is the Seahorse Mattress. This is a popular mattress brand name in Hong Kong and Singapore. I personally had my brand new Seahorse Mattress imported because to me, its a necessity. Resting on a Seahorse Mattress will make you feel a total new level of relaxation on your lower back, which you have seldom had the chance to experience. Yes, it is as good as it gets.
iii) Do you roll about in your sleep?
Believe me when I say, this can be very dangerous. If you roll about in your sleep, obviously it is better to get a bigger bed. A Queen Size or King Size bed can give you more room to roll. Falling down from beds have led to many injuries which can be harmful. One may knock their heads against the floor, suffer internal injury and not remember it, or even knock your head against a sharp corner, depending on the placement of your room furniture. Try to position your bed against a wall as that reduces up to 50% of any chance of you falling off your bed. You may have a tendency to roll left or right more often so I can't possibly calculate so accurately for you.
iv) Finally, do you share your bed with a spouse?
If you do, please discuss with them because you want your spouse to have a good night's rest just as much as you do. How can you possibly sleep well if your spouse isn't? Yet another commonsense issue which many need to pay attention.
There are many more criteria and issues involved when selecting your mattress however, that's another story for another article. With the common sense approach listed above, you will gain better sleep in terms of quality. Your family and you deserve to sleep well. Don't buy mattresses just because they look nice. Treat it like a car purchase and you'll never regret it for the useful life of that mattress.
About the Author: Nguang Nguek Fluek is the son of a
mattress store owner and runs his own mattress review website to help
consumers expose themselves to the variety of mattresses available before making
a sound purchase. Visit his website at