3 Important Things to Consider When Buying a Mattress

A great night’s sleep starts with a great mattress. Here’s what you need to know about shopping for that perfect mattress.

  1. Time Adds Up

You will spend a third of your life asleep. An entire third. That’s a big chunk of time to sleep in an uncomfortable bed or one that isn’t right for you. A lousy mattress can lead to poor, interrupted sleep that adds up to exhaustion during the day. You may not even realize how worn your mattress is until you get a new one.


  1. Check the Price Per Year

As you look at mattress prices, remember this is a third of your life and sleep is key to health and wellness. You may be able to purchase a mattress that functions well for you in the $500 to $800 range, or you may want to spend more.


It may be worthwhile to spend more to ensure that you get a high quality bed that will be comfortable and supportive for many years. A more expensive bed may end up cheaper in the long run if it lasts longer. A $500 bed averages out to $100 a year if it holds up for five years. A $1,000 bed can have the same or a lower yearly average — $100 or $66 — if it lasts for 10 or 15 years.


  1. The Right One for You

Listen to advice and opinions about mattresses from anyone who will share — friends, family members, online reviewers, sales staff. Their experiences and knowledge can help you find the best mattress for you. Ultimately, though, the choice comes down to you and you need to pick a mattress that works for you, regardless of whether someone else dislikes it or it’s labeled firm and you thought you wanted a softer bed. Those opinions and terms are subjective. How you feel about your mattress is up to you.