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Sleep Disorders

Updated 24 July 2018

Your top tips for buying the best mattress

SPONSORED: Serta offers you a trial period where you can return or exchange the mattress after a set amount of time.

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Have you finally decided to put a new mattress at the top of your shopping list?

Well done for prioritising your sleep health. Shopping for a new mattress doesn’t have to be an overwhelming or confusing experience.

Here are a few tips to help you find a new mattress that’s right for you.

1. Take it seriously
Your mattress is one of the most – if not the most – important pieces of furniture you will buy because it directly impacts your quality of sleep and, furthermore, your health.

Recognising the role of your mattress will help you prioritise your sleep needs – and shop smarter.

2. Partners count
Do you share your bed with a significant other? 

75% of participants in a recent study done by Serta reported having fewer relationship issues because they were feeling well rested and less likely to pick a fight after sleeping on a new mattress.

3. Do your research
Chances are, it’s been many years since you shopped for a new mattress.

Just like cellphones and computers, the features used in today’s mattresses are newer – and better – than the features used 10 years ago. Trusted mattress manufacturers and retailers offer their own mattress buying guides on their websites to help you navigate through the mattress types available today, including memory foam, innerspring mattresses and every level of comfort, from plush to extra-firm.

A little bit of mattress education will go a long way in helping you understand your options and selecting the right mattress.

4. Remember that size matters
A little more room to stretch can go a long way when it comes to sleep comfort. 

While your full size mattress may seem like a perfectly snug fit for you and your partner, upgrading your mattress size to a queen or king mattress can be a game-changer. Plus, many couples prefer a larger mattress if they have pets that find their way onto the “human bed” in the middle of the night! 

5. Shop with a trusted retailer
Once you have done your research, identified your comfort preference and narrowed down your options, it’s time to find a preferred retailer. 

Find authorised retailers from manufacturer websites and then seek reviews from your friends, family members or online peer reviews. It’s important to know the retailer’s store policies around mattress returns and exchanges as manufacturer warranties only cover product defects (not comfort preferences).

Many retailers, like Serta, offer a trial period where you can return or exchange the mattress after a set amount of time.

 

Ask the Expert

Sleep disorders expert

Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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