The hard part about buying a mattress is that there is no scientific way to predict whether or not a certain mattress will be right for you.
If you read no further than this, make sure to take my advice given in tip #10: lie on the mattress in the store for 15 minutes. You'll feel silly, but it will be worth it.
Though you can't guarantee you will end up with the perfect mattress, use these 12 tips to make an educated choice:
- Research online before going shopping. Try these two helpful resources that provide information but don't sell mattresses:
- Talk to your doctor. If you have a health condition, talk to your doctor or physical therapist about what he or she recommends. Keep in mind that doctors are not sleep experts, but they know your medical condition and symptoms and will probably have some good advice from that point of view.
- Adjustable beds are a great option. If you find you are more comfortable sitting in a recliner than lying down, try an adjustable bed. They allow you to elevate your head and knees slightly to relieve pressure on the lower back. You can also create the same effect using pillows.
- Read more: Using an Adjustable Bed for Back Pain
Remember, it's your mattress, your back, and your money, so it's worth the time to research it and get the best mattress possible. Keep an eye out for specials and sales, and always try to negotiate delivery charges.
- Visit the Sleep Discussion Board on our forums to talk to others about sleep and back pain.