• Dr. Elaine Screaton DC

5 Tips To Help You Pick A New Mattress


Last week's blog was on how to know if you need a new mattress. This week, we talk about what to look for when purchasing a new mattress!


1. Personal Preference. It should feel just right when you lay on it. Remember Goldilocks? Stick to that when picking a mattress. A side sleeper typically does well with a softer mattress, while a back or stomach sleeper does best with a firmer mattress. But remember, it has to feel right!

2. Give it a Test. Before actually purchasing a mattress, make sure you actually lay on it! Lay on many mattresses, so you can find what feels best. If you share a bed with your partner, make sure to bring them with you, it should work for both of you! Once you have narrowed down your selection at the store, lay on the front-runners for at least 10 minutes, in the position you would sleep in during the night.

3. Shop at a reputable store. Shopping (or at least browsing and testing mattresses) at a reputable store is important, because you can have confidence they carry quality products. Reputable stores also have trained sales people, who know how to help you find a mattress that not only fits your budget, but one that you will be happy with. And, many of these stores offer 100 night guarantees, where if you get your new mattress home and you find it's not quite right, they will do their best to make it right. Getting the right help is worth it! Sleep Country Canada is one of my favourites, because their staff are exceptionally knowledgeable. (And no, I have no affiliation with them, I just like how they know what to look for in a new mattress).

4. Buy the right size mattress. If two people are sleeping in one bed, a Queen or up is a good size. If you are very tall make sure the mattress is long enough so that your feet don't hang off the end of the bed as this can cause back pain. Make sure the mattress is also appropriate for your weight.

5. You get what you pay for. That old saying, you get what you pay for, is accurate with mattresses. While you don't need to break the bank to get a good quality mattress that will last 7-8 years, you should be willing to spend between $1000-$2000 on a new mattress. This is to ensure that your new buy is going to provide you the support you need, and last the way you expect it to! At $1000, over 8 years, this works out to 35 cents per day! Your health is worth at least that!


Dr. Elaine Screaton (DC, BSc) is a NW Calgary Chiropractor currently practicing at Synergea Family Health Centre in Calgary, AB.


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