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If you’re getting the recommended amount of sleep each night, that means you’re spending one-third of your life in slumber. Yet, most of us probably don’t think much about making that part of our lives as enjoyable as it can be. One way to help ensure we’re getting the sleep we need is to find the perfect mattress.

The wrong mattress can not only keep you from getting the right amount of ZZZZs, but it can also cause chronic back and neck pain. Additionally, a lack of sleep can raise your risks for numerous diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and even Alzheimer’s. Getting enough quality sleep is essential in maintaining good health.

Which brings us back to finding the perfect mattress. In order to save money, many people will buy a cheap mattress and then top it with a memory foam mattress topper. But is this the best solution? First, you have to understand that a memory foam mattress topper isn’t going to turn a bad mattress into a heaven on earth. That’s like saying a good coat of paint will turn a shack into a grand estate. It’s just not going to happen.

Here are some common challenges people face when trying to find the perfect night’s sleep:

Finding a Mattress with the Right Firmness

Many people believe that a firm mattress is best for treating back pain. While this isn’t necessarily true (part of finding the perfect mattress is being aware of how you sleep – on your back, your side or on your stomach), this idea has taken hold in many people’s minds, so they go out and buy an extra-firm mattress. And end up tossing and turning all night. In this case, a mattress topper may be a good solution, particularly if your mattress is still relatively new. A mattress topper may provide just the right amount of cushion you need to rest comfortably during the night. Of course, getting a mattress tailor-made to meet your specific level of comfort is the ideal choice.

It’s harder for a mattress topper to fix a mattress that is too soft versus one that is too hard. While a mattress topper can provide cushion to a too-hard mattress, providing firmness to a soft mattress doesn’t work so well, because the mattress topper will conform to the underlying foundation. In this case, a new mattress is your best choice.

Dealing with a Sagging Mattress

Mattresses have a lifespan of about 5-10 years on average. The better the mattress, the longer it will last. If your mattress is older than five years and is showing signs of aging, such as sagging, bumps, rips, and tears, a mattress topper isn’t going to help much. It’s time to get a new mattress.

Getting the Right Mattress on a Limited Budget

We all want to get a good value for the products we purchase. Many people think that, in order to save money, a cheaper mattress combined with a mattress topper will provide the sleep they need at a more reasonable price. But here’s the deal: a poor quality mattress has a short life span, meaning that in just a few years, you’ll need to replace it. Memory foam mattress toppers also vary widely in quality – a cheap one may last only a couple of years. Your best bet for overall value is to get a mattress made specifically for you that will still be with you for years to come.

The bottom line is that a custom mattress made specifically for you is going to result in better sleep for a longer period of time.

Choosing Between Latex and Memory Foam Mattresses

Mattresses come in a variety of materials. Latex and memory foam (visco-elastic) are two of the most popular. So which is better? It depends on your individual taste. Both mattresses provide good support and pressure/pain relief. Latex mattresses tend to be a bit firmer, so you don’t “sink into” a latex mattress like you do with a memory foam mattress. Both generally have longer life spans than an innerspring mattress and latex tends to last longer than memory foam. Latex tends to be more “bouncy,” while memory foam mattresses contour to the body better than latex.

Choosing the Right Mattress Company

You have numerous choices when shopping for a mattress. The Slumber Ease advantage is that we understand that each person is different and has unique preferences and needs. We have more than 50 years of experience helping people get a perfect night’s sleep by using the highest quality materials and working with you to develop a custom fit. Our mattresses are made locally, right here in Washington. Best of all, because we sell directly to consumers, we are able to offer superior quality at a fraction of the cost of national brands.

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