March 19, 2016 We want to make sure that you can find the right mattress type, size and brand that’s going to make your bedroom perfect. That means if you keep that mattress for 9 years (which is about the average), 3 of those years will be spent on it. However, many of us don’t think about our mattresses and how it impacts our lives every day. COMFORT – You don’t want the mattress to cause pressure to your body, which causes tossing and turning, which means you wake up tired. If a mattress is too warm (or sometimes even too cold), that can interrupt your sleep. You’ll notice that the mattress dips down around her shoulders and hips, but her spine is in proper alignment. If the mattress were too hard, her hips would be pushed up and her shoulders would be pushed up, and her spine would not be straight. The same exact consequences occur if a mattress is too soft, and you’re in it like a hammock. You want a mattress to contour to the shape of your body to hold it in its neutral alignment. The second most important criteria to selecting the right mattress is comfort (or as you may hear it called, pressure relief). If you find a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment which doesn’t cause pressure to your body, you’ve found a great mattress for you. If your partner gets in or out of bed, or changes positions, you run the risk of being woken up if the mattress transfers too much of that motion to your side of the bed. Most salespeople I work with genuinely want to help you find the right mattress. Try the mattress in the store with your partner, and have your partner switch positions while your back is turned to see how much motion you feel. Most good mattresses these days have features to help mitigate this (advanced foams, phase change materials, ventilation, etc). Most of the average or better innerspring mattresses use the upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but some of the very cheapest mattresses just use a steel rod on the side. Luckily, the real mattress shopping experience isn’t nearly as bad as I just made it sound, and in this section, you will be better prepared to know where to shop. In this section of the guide, I will walk you through the process of actually trying out the mattresses and selecting the right one, as well as give you some tips to get the best possible price. Pros: You get to shop for a Orthopedic mattress without leaving your house, you can shop dozens of companies quickly, and you’re likely to find a low price. Another exception: If you try a mattress in person, you can buy the same or similar model online if you can do the comparison shopping.