Choosing the Right Mattress
What to Consider When Choosing a Mattress

The average person spends about a third of his or her life in bed, making the bed the most used piece of furniture in the home. Meanwhile, over 70% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, and nearly 25% complain of sleeplessness. Choosing the right mattress can make all the difference in the overall quality and comfort of your sleep.

Thanks to the staggering number of innovations in design and materials over the last few decades, there are more options than ever when it comes to choosing a new mattress. The mattress industry offers thousands of models to choose from, which can be downright overwhelming when you start looking! Our goal at GoodBed is to simplify the process of finding the best mattress for you.

The first thing you should know is that which mattress you choose is a uniquely personal decision. Buying a mattress is not like buying a washing machine—the model your neighbor swears by may not be the best fit for you. So what’s the right mattress for you? The answer depends on your body, your personal preferences, and your budget. The right mattress for you will match all three.

In order to match your body, a mattress needs to support your spine in proper alignment, and it needs to provide adequate pressure relief under sensitive pressure points like the hips and shoulders. Which mattresses or types of mattresses will do this for you depends on a number of factors including your sleep position and your size.

You'll also want to choose a mattress that matches your personal preferences. Your mattress should have the right degree of comfort (firmness or softness) for you. It may also have other features that are important to you, such as motion isolation, which allows the surface beneath you to remain undisturbed by your partner's movements in the night, or dual comfort, which allows the two halves of a mattress to have different softness levels for partners whose preferences differ.

Finally, the right mattress for you matches your budget. When determining how much you want to spend on a mattress, you'll want to consider durability—how long your new mattress will last. You'll also want to make sure you're getting the best possible price. A little shopping around can save you hundreds of dollars or more, perhaps bringing a higher quality mattress into your price range.

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