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The best health news yet! Study after study has shown that getting the right amount and quality of sleep is just as essential to good health as proper eating and exercise. Finally a heath craze we can all love. What strikes us as strange is the number of people who will spend thousands on a big screen TV that only gets watched a few hours a day yet sleep on a mattress well after its worn out or spend as little as possible. You should sleep 8 hours a night, if you are going to spend that much time with something isn't it worth getting one you really like? Or as we like to say, if you're not going to spoil you who is? Good sleep effects every part of your day every day.

Like everything we sell we work diligently to bring the best value products available. In mattresses the biggest waste is the marketing spent by the big brands to get you to remember their names. Part of the reason that the marketing is so important is that sleep surfaces haven't changed that much over the years and because a quality mattress is not that hard to build so many off brand companies make sets just as good as the big guys, only for a whole lot less.

What to Know

If your mattress is 7-10 years old it is time for a new one. Why? Well you probably don't want to know but.... the human body sweats almost a cup of fluid a night, sheds a pound of dead skin a year and along with body oils just sleeping on it adds almost a pound of weight each year! Even with a mattress pad. YUCK! Add to it the fact that it becomes a breeding ground for both dust mites and bed bugs and who really wants a mattress more than 8 years? The truth is even without the gross stuff a mattress over 8 years old is not healthy as the dust, skin and spores that build up are bad for your allergies and your lungs.

When choosing your new mattress, remember nothing to hard or to soft, its goldilocks. The old adage "I need a good firm mattress" not only refers to only one type of sleep surface but also meant "hard" to most people. Hard is not good. The body is not flat so a hard flat surface isn't going to help. In fact a hard surface will add pressure points which will restrict blood flow and then disrupt your sleep as you toss and turn trying to keep your limbs from going to sleep. The ideal surface will keep your spine in its correct alignment while allowing as much give as possible before the hips begin to drop. So, not to hard and not to soft.

How can you tell? You have to try them. Go ahead that's why they are. Get your feet up and on the mattress. You need to lay down close your eyes, relax and focus on what you feel for at least 15 minutes. The consultant should leave you alone to do so. Try it in the position you normally sleep in so side sleepers on your side and back sleeper on you back.

Its personal, individual. Each person is a little different but we can give you some tips to help. There are three basic types of sleep surfaces that cover 99% of all mattresses sold. There are small differences with in the types but essentially each have its pros and cons that are true no matter what brand or price.

Spring Mattress

have wire coils as the support structure with a comfort layer on top. An innerspring mattress has a strong border wire attached to the perimeter of the coils. The border wire supports the coils, helping to retain shape and reduce sagging. The inner coils are held in place by spiral tie wires but these also cause the treaded sagging effect as the springs wear or if the system in not strong (less coils or thickness of wire) enough for heavier people. This is where the notion that a firmer mattress was always better. The firmer it is the less it can sag like a hammock. In other types of mattresses sagging is not an issue so a softer feel is not only available but likely preferable.

The edge is reinforced with specially shaped springs or foam to support the sleep surface right to the edge, to help prevent 'rollout' and edge breakdown. The upholstery is separated from the innerspring system by an insulator, a tough padding, wire or netting layer that prevents the upholstery from sinking into the coils. The quality of innerspring mattress can be determined by its thickness, coil count and wire gauge. This is the simplest and least expensive style of spring system yet can be found in some of the most expensive mattresses available. They tend to have less conformity so greater pressure points which cause tossing and turning and more person to person movement or vibration if one person moves. These can be very effective for children who's light weight will not cause most system's to conform. The similar but more advanced continuous wire spring unit can wear better, support better and handle heavier people well. Often a continuous system is the best choice for a heavier person. Where these systems with their wires tied together do no conform as well for the average size person for a heavier person they do. Simply the extra weight forces the system to conform better and a softer more conforming systems like those that follow often don't give the support needed for those over 250 pounds.

Pocket Coil

is a special type of innerspring mattress that uses a cylindrical spring wrapped in its own fabric pocket. This construction is designed to give the most contouring support of any spring system. Each coil works independently which means that you will feel your partner move much less. Uninterrupted sleep is a vital part of your health. Tossing and turning due to pressure points of traditional spring systems or disruption from a partners movement will interfere with the sleep cycle and prevent the best sleep possible. Independent coils are a big advantage in both cases.

Each pocket coil absorbs the weight placed on it without distributing the load to other coils which is what why it contours so well to even out pressure points and support your spine and muscles better. Because the coils are compressed to fit into the pockets they have a built in degree of wear a traditional coil does not. This type of coil is a good choice for side sleepers, lighter to average size adults and people who toss and turn.

Memory Foam

are probably the most popular sleep surface today. Providing even better contouring support and reduced movement than the pocketed coil, memory foam mattresses may be the closest thing to sleeping on a cloud. NASA's funded a development project in the early 70's designed to create a substances that would relieve astronauts of the g-forces they experience during lift-off. They found that reducing g-forces on the body was aided by using a material that conforms to a person's body. To remedy this, they created a foam material that was viscoelastic - able to conform to a shape, but come back to an original shape once pressure was removed.

The concept of using this material as a sleep surface was introduced to the people of Sweden in 1991 and to America the following year. Because of the ability to both conform and support the body so well many foam manufacturers developed their own viscoelastic memory foam materials increasing availability in the market with a variety of options and price levels. Due to the availability the cost of memory foam has come down to point most people can now afford this quality of sleep. For a material to be considered viscoelastic, it has to be temperature sensitive and have an ability to return to its normal shape relatively quickly.

Be aware that most people take a few days to even a few weeks to adjust to a bed. For some people it can even be uncomfortable for a few nights. In many cases your body has adjusted itself to the bed you currently have and the change can cause muscle confusion. So don't get discouraged if you're not sleeping the best you ever have after the first night. You will be soon.

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