Gone are the days when a mattress had to be hard as a board to be good for you. A too-hard mattress may only succeed in putting your shoulders and hips to sleep. Don’t rely on product labels to tell you which mattress will give you the right support. One manufacturer’s 'firm' may feel harder than another’s 'extra firm'. The only way to find out if the support is right is to lie down and try. Make sure the bed helps you feel cradled in comfort, cozy and secure.
A mattress and foundation are engineered to work together as a set, and the foundation takes a lot of the nightly wear and tear and contributes to the bed's overall comfort and support...
Correct support is the essential ingredient for a healthy body. A good mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture. Pay special attention to your shoulders, hips, and lower back-the heaviest parts. If there’s too little support, you can develop back pain.
Cramped quarters can turn sleeping into a nightly wrestling match. A healthy sleeper moves anywhere from 40-60 times a night, including some dozen full body turns. If you sleep with a partner, be sure to select queen or king size. Both are not only wider, but several inches longer than the standard ”double“ (full size), which offers each sleeper only as much space as a baby in a crib.
Follow these five tips when shopping for your new mattress: