How to Choose a New Mattress
A mattress can make the difference between a good night’s rest and a night of tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable. It can also make a huge difference when it comes to how your back and neck feel the next day. If you’re sleeping poorly or waking up in pain, it might be time to think about getting a new bed.
When to Replace Your Mattress
While many people wait longer than this, most mattresses should be replaced every 5-7 years. As soon as the mattress shows signs of wear, like visible dips, or becomes uncomfortable, it’s time to get a new one.
Types of Mattresses
There are several types of mattress to choose from. Many people, especially those with back pain, love memory foam. Latex is similar, and you can purchase organic versions if you want. Some people love their traditional innerspring beds, while others like hybrids, which are a combination of innerspring and memory foam.
Try different beds to figure out what works best for you!
What to Look for in a Mattress
There are many different ways to go about buying a new bed.
- Try to find a mattress that people like you seem to enjoy. You can explore this by reading mattress reviews online or talking to your friends about what they have and love.
- Make sure your new mattress correctly supports your spine. Everything should stay neutral, so you don’t wake up in pain.
- Buy a bed that both you and your partner find comfortable. Motion isolating mattress materials may be a good fit if one of you tends to toss and turn.
- Find a bed that you can try out for a while. After all, it can take several weeks to figure out if you like a particular mattress.
- Get a mattress that’s in your price range. It’s usually possible to find a quality bed if you look hard enough.
Green Certifications for Your Mattress
Some people want to buy a mattress that is organic, or one that is made from all-natural materials, or one that doesn’t emit too many odors. Here are some of the most popular green certifications, as well as what they mean. Note that there may be others.
- OKEO-TEX Standard 100: This certifies that a mattress meets certain limits for VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions. These gases will not hurt most people but can smell unpleasant and trigger asthma and allergies in some people.
- CertiPUR-US: This certification tests for emission levels in polyurethane foam, as well as for other chemicals like lead and PBDEs.
- EcoInstitut: Most commonly associated with latex mattresses, this certification tests for emission levels and hazardous substances.
- Global Organic Textile Standard: Mattresses with this certification are at least 70% organic. There is a similar but separate standard for latex mattresses. These certifications most often apply to specific portions of the mattress, rather than the whole bed.
- OKEO-TEX Made in Green: This standard requires a product to be made with sustainable practices and is separate from the OKEO-TEX 100 standard listed above.
Choosing a mattress takes some work, but it will be worth the effort when you’re sleeping well and feeling great!