Goldilocks’ Guide to Picking Out the Best Mattress
May 19, 2014
She lay on the first bed and said, “This bed is too hard!” She lay on the second bed and said, “This bed is too soft!” Finally, she lay on the third bed and said, “This bed is just right!” And so, Goldilocks curled up and went to sleep.
Quality of sleep can greatly affect the quality of one’s life. We may be partially unconscious during slumber, but sleep is extremely beneficial for every cell in our body. It can dictate our thought processes, our critical thinking abilities, our diet, physical performance, immune system, and so much more. Because of this, sleep is parallel to food as the most sought after basic need of humans. However, while we all crave sufficient sleep, our conditions for a comfortable sleeping experience don’t necessarily match up.
The most important thing to remember when picking out a mattress is that comfort is extremely subjective. Some people prefer to sleep with a little music or background noise, while some need absolute silence. There are those that like to turn downthe heat, while others find it too chilly. This is exactly the reason why Papa Bear’s bed was too hard, Mama Bear’s bed was too soft, and Baby Bear’s bed was ‘just right’ for Goldilocks.
Whether you’re seeking to purchase a mattress for you and your spouse, for your children, or whoever, it would be much better to have them come with so they are part of the decision-making process. This would greatly reduce the difficulty of having to pick out a mattress, especially since there are so many types to choose from: foam, latex, airbeds, waterbeds, etc. There are other factors to take in consideration, such as:
You should already have a budget set even before you enter a mattress shop so you don’t end up going home with a ridiculously overpriced choice. Most mattresses come from the same manufacturers, but are priced differently depending on the distributors and retailers. A mattress that’s priced way too high in one store might actually be pretty cheap in another. Some stores are willing to negotiate, and it’s those stores that you can be sure overprices their stuff. Don’t be afraid to haggle for a more reasonable price!
Purchasing an expensive, regular mattress is the worst way to discover that you might be allergic to dust mites or certain chemicals. Mattresses that follow the July 1, 2007 fire retardant regulations are supposedly safer in the event of a fire but have a lot more chemicals that could cause allergies. Always check the label to make sure you’re not allergic to any of the mattress’ components, or go with a hypoallergenic mattress.
Take it from Goldilocks: shopping for a mattress is a trial-and-error process. You don’t stare at a mattress, gauge its size, thickness, and materials, and declare it ‘the one’. To ensure that you’re making the right choice, lie down on the mattresses that caught your eye for a little bit. Position yourself according to how you normally sleep and give it around fifteen minutes to really get a feel of it.
Regardless of whatever other great qualities it supposedly possesses, if you’re not comfortable, don’t buy it. If you make your choice, take it home, and find out that you don’t sleep so well on your new mattress, give yourself time. It normally takes a few days to ‘break in’ a mattress and for anyone to adjust to their new sleeping quarters.
We wish you the best of luck in purchasing a new mattress, and may you never have to chase any unwelcome, audacious blond kid off it. Sweet Dreams!