Remember when you used to be able to fall asleep on the floor at your friend’s slumber party? Or when you used to stay out half the night and get up after two hours of sleep and go to work? Well, if you’re like me, you’re older and wiser (I’m just older). Life’s little aches and pains begin to take their toll and the only way to rejuvenate those tired old muscles is to get a good night’s sleep. And it all starts with a good mattress. Let’s face it, you spend one third of your life in bed and most people get up feeling like we just wrestled a bear (and I don’t mean your spouse).
Here are some tips that will help you when you buy your next mattress.
Spend half as much on a good bed as you would your wife’s engagement ring. Uh oh, some of you guys are getting a little nervous right now, let me explain. Most young men ready to pop the question will spend about two month’s salary on the love of their life. I recommend you spend around one month’s salary on a good bed. You should expect at least ten years of usage when you buy a high quality mattress…wow, that’s over 29,000 hours you’re going to be sleeping on that bed! One rule of thumb is (man, now I’m beginning to sound like my grandpa) the more you spend…the better you’ll feel each morning. That’s why people rave about the beds at most 5 star hotels…they don’t buy cheap mattresses!
Buy the biggest bed your budget and your room will allow. I’ve never talked to a customer yet that said “my bed is too big”. Twin size (39″x74″) and full size (48″x74″) beds are great for singles while queen size (60″x80″) and king size (78″x80″) beds are highly recommended for two. Most customers tell us they need more room to spread out and get comfortable. Let’s face it, we all get a little “wider” the older we get. We need our space.
This truly is a matter of personal choice. Some people like sleeping on beds that are hard as a rock while others like pillow soft beds. Mattresses with multiple layers of foam, cotton, and heavy gauge coils deliver a lot of comfort for the buck. But, consider a high quality memory foammattress. These beds offer a unique combination of good comfort and great support. We highly recommend Tempur-pedic brand.
Remember, buying a good mattress is like buying a good pair of shoes…at the end of a long day you never regret your decision. Cheap shoes hurt your feet and cheap beds kill your back. Poor sleep can lead to all kinds of long term health problems a well as just make you “grumpier”…ladies, you know what I’m talking about don’t you. Sleep well.