Choosing a mattress
Q: Do I need a new mattress?
A: A recent study from Oklahoma State University found that participants with mattresses five years old or older reported significant improvements in sleep quality and comfort when sleeping on a new mattress, regardless of the sleeper’s age or weight. So it is important to compare the mattress and foundation you are sleeping on now to newer models every few years. After all, a new mattress can make a huge difference in how you feel and function each and every day!
You May Need a New Mattress if…
- Your mattress is five to seven years old
- You wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains
- You had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed (for example, at a hotel or friend’s guest room)
- Your mattress shows signs of overuse (it sags, has lumps, etc.)
Q: How much should I spend on a new sleep set?
A: Considering that you'll be using your bed more than any other product you own - including your car, TV, computer or mobile phone - the mattress that you sleep on is one of the best cost-per-day investments on the market today! It therefore makes perfect sense to buy the best mattress you can afford.
Q: Should I replace my foundation when purchasing a new mattress?
A: A good foundation is as important as a good mattress since it acts much like a shock absorber, taking a lot of the nightly wear and tear and contributing to your comfort and support. You should not put a new mattress on an old foundation. When you select the mattress, make sure you purchase its companion foundation, since the two are designed to work optimally together.