Mattress Shopping Made Easy

choosing a mattress

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What is the secret to a good night’s rest?

A suitable mattress is required in order to get a good sleep.

When it comes to sleeping, no one can deny that it’s one of the most important things in a day. Normally a good sleep, whether during the day or at night, has an effect on our daily activities. This can include such things as concentration, mood, health and even how we perform various tasks.

There are different steps to choosing a proper mattress. These steps may vary from person to person but there are always common factors that are put into consideration.

There are different steps to choosing a new mattress with each individual having his or her own steps depending on their preferences.

Some of the factors that are normally looked into are:

1.   Preferences

There is no universal mattress that is considered as the best. Before choosing, it’s important to take note of our preferences. These may include what you desire and likes in bed and what you personally consider comfortable.

2.   Style of sleep

There are generally three styles of sleeping. These include sleeping on the back, the side, the stomach or while facing down.

When sleeping while facing down, a firmer mattress is required. This ensures that the stomach and the lower back of the body do not experience tension while the neck rests at an appropriate angle. Sleeping on the side may require a medium range firmness to enable the shoulders and hips to sink. This position allows the neck and spine to remain straight. For those who like sleeping on their backs, firm or medium firm is recommended to ensure the back and the natural spine curvature is well supported.

3.   The mattress size, specifications and material.

Mattresses come in various sizes, are made of different materials and come with different specifications.

The height and overall size of the bed user will have a great effect on the choice of mattress size. The size of the bed frame in which the mattress will be used is also important to consider. These include the twin size, twin XL size, queen size, king size, full size,full XL size, etc. Mattresses also are made from or contain different materials. These include mattresses with innerspring, hybrid mattresses, waterbeds, foam mattress or latex mattress.

4.   Wish list.

It is important to have a list of the various features and preferences you need before purchasing. This may include  firmness, the type of sleeping positions its best suited for, the material it contains or it’s made of, comfort layers or other factors.

5.    Explore

Before setting out to go and make your purchase, it’s important to do exploration shopping. This will make it easier to identify what you like and what you don’t like as you will become familiar with the various types and brand of mattress. Exploration shopping also enables you to become knowledgeable in cost.

6.   Budget.

You now know the type of mattress suitable for you based on wish lists, availability and cost. It is finally time to create a budget.

7.   Make a choice

You are now able to make a choice that suits you best based on your new found knowledge of the prices, budget and types available.


There are no standard steps to choosing a new mattress. One is able to revise the wish list after visiting various shops and getting to know what is available and what is not in the near or local shops. Exploration shopping and purchase can also be completed through online shopping.

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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8 thoughts on “Mattress Shopping Made Easy”

  1. Thanks for the tips for when choosing a new mattress. You are right when you said that a good mattress is vital to getting a good night’s sleep. I definitely want the perfect mattress, so I can always wake up fully rested and energized.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.