We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so choosing a mattress is critical if one doesn’t want to awaken with a backache. Although firmness is certainly important, there are many factors to consider. Did you know most mattresses are only guaranteed for 8 years, but some will last much longer? Here are some other things to keep in mind when you shop for a new mattress:

Foam Or Coil?

Traditionally, coil and foam were the only mattress choices. Steel coils in a mattress provide great support and are generally sturdier and cooler. The mattresses usually have more defined edges and good bounce. Latex is built only of foam, but is cooler than memory foam, which hugs your body closely.

Memory Foam Remembers

Memory foam is a popular option nowadays and it gets its name from the fact it hugs your body closely and conforms to your body shape. A gel memory foam allows for a cooler sleep experience. Memory foam mattresses can be ordered online and delivered to your door in a box. However, although convenient, that option doesn’t allow you to test out the mattress – unless there is a warranty option allowing you to test it and mail it back for a refund if unsatisfied.

Test Drive The Mattress

Do you prefer a very firm mattress or a softer option? It may look awkward, but if you can lie on a mattress in the store for 15 minutes you should have a good idea of what it will be like to sleep on it. Don’t worry about the salesman who wants you to hurry up and buy. You are making a commitment and willing to spend real money.

Choose A Pillow Top For Softness

Pillow top mattresses are available in many different kinds of mattresses (coil, foam, etc.) and the main appeal is an added layer of cushioning on the top. The drawback (potentially) is sheets that do not fit because of the additional thickness. It’s best to try out a pillow top and decide if it’s right for you, and worth the extra expense if you are still using older sheets, made before pillow tops were popular.

Let Your Bed Adjust To You

As the ads illustrate, an adjustable bed can be the best option for those with medical issues, particularly if you need extra back support, or if you need to sleep with your legs elevated. Foam mattresses are usually the best choice. It’s also good for those whose partner likes to sleep in a different position.