Matress facts worth knowing

1. An ideal mattress is one that supports all parts of the body evenly. “Look for a feeling of buoyancy, a cradling sensation,” says the book How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep.

2. You can’t go wrong with any of the brand-name mattresses by makers such as Sealy, Serta and Simmons.

3. People who sleep on their sides should avoid a hard mattress. A mattress without any give causes a side sleeper’s shoulders to scrunch up and cuts off blood supply between the arms and torso. (Infants need mattresses that fit snugly against their cribs’ side rails or walls. Their little heads could get stuck and they could suffocate if there’s a gap.)

4. Older people tend to be lighter sleepers and more easily awakened when rolling over on a too-hard mattress, Health magazine reports. Thus, they might want to opt for a medium or soft mattress.

5. Most sleepers move 40 to 60 times a night, including a dozen full body turns. If one bed partner continually wakes the other up when moving or rolling, the couple may want to consider separate beds. Studies show couples sleep far better if they each have their own bed. Alternatively, couples could buy two twin-size mattresses and put them side by side on a king-size bed frame. This way, when one partner moves around, the other partner’s mattress isn’t jostled.

6. Generally, the higher the number of coils in a mattress, the firmer it is. Shoppers can expect a double-size bed to have at least 300, with upscale models in the 500 to 700 range. But don’t get too caught up in a salesman’s hype about coil numbers. Any brand-name mattress that costs $600 or more will have good, quality springs, says Health magazine.

7. Don’t be sucked in either by claims that a bed is “orthopedic.” All beds are orthopedic.

8. It often takes a week to a month to get used to a new bed, says the book Your Guide to Coping with Back Pain.

For information about mattresses businesses and Luxepedic complaints please visit Better Business Bureau website.

“There is no perfect mattress,” says Dr. Hamilton Hall, a Toronto orthopedic surgeon and founder of the Canadian Back Institute. “The same mattress doesn’t work for everybody.”

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