What position do you sleep in? (If you are not sure, how you wake up is a good indicator)
- Side Sleeper (recommendation)
Plush Mattresses or Ultra Plush Mattresses are best. When using a supportive sleep system, having an Ultra Plush or Plush comfort level on top helps alleviate pressure points especially in the arms, shoulders, hips and side. Ultimately eliminating tossing and turning.
- Back Sleeper (recommendation)
Firm Mattresses or Cushion Firm Mattresses are best. Sleeping on ones back does not create as many pressure points. Making extra comfort layers not as necessary.
- Stomach Sleeper (recommendation)
Cushion Firm Mattresses or Medium Plush Mattresses are best. (One needs a firm support if they are a stomach sleeper. This is to keep the spine from bending backwards. However, one should be careful of going too hard on the top comfort layers due to we must put are arms somewhere, either under your head or body. If the comfort layers are too hard it will create capillary restrictions causing your appendages to fall asleep.)
Remember you can always make a sleep set softer by adding comfort layers to it but you can never make it harder.
Who is the mattress for?
- Adult(Every Night Sleep)
- Good - Coil Mattress
You will need an adult rated coil system. At least 420 coils of a 13 gauge wire. (Or better)
- Better - Hybrid Mattress
High grade foam and coil combo. Hybrid is pure foam, latex Foam, or memory foam on top of an adult rated coil.
- Best - All Foam Mattress
Memory Foam Mattresses, Latex Foam Mattresses, Gel Mattresses or Pure Foam Mattresses– There are no coils in which to create pressure points. It is several million foam cells supporting your body microscopically. It registers no pressure points, yet promotes perfect spinal alignment.
- Good - Coil Mattress
- Child(Every Night Sleep)
- Good – Coil
You will need 390 coils of a 13 gauge coil or better for a growing child. Children grow at night while asleep so proper support is essential.
- Better – Coil
420 coil of a 13 gauge wire or better with additional edge support and premium foam (Pure Foam, Memory Foam or Latex) in the comfort layer.
- Best – All Foam
Memory Foam Mattresses, Latex Mattresses, or Gel Mattresses – These mattresses eliminate the coils that create pressure points. Insted it is several million foam cells supporting your body microscopically. It registers no pressure points, yet offers the best spinal support made. These beds tend to last up to twice as long as a coil mattress.
- Good – Coil
- Guestroom(Occasional use) Medium comfort, Cushion Firm or Plush, is recommended if you have multiple guests. You will not know if they prefer hard or soft comfort so a medium feel is typically a happy medium.
- Good – Coil
You will need 390 coils of a 13 gauge wire or better for adult occasional use.
- Better – Coil
420 coil of a 13 gauge wire or better with additional edge support and premium foam (Pure Foam, Memory Foam or Latex) in the comfort layer. This will last longer and offers better support.
- Best – All Foam
Memory Foam, Latex Foam, or Gel Foam – There are no coils in which to create pressure points. It is several million foam cells supporting your body microscopically. It registers no pressure points, yet offers the best support made. These beds tend to last up to twice as long as a coil mattress.
- Good – Coil
Do you suffer from back pains related to sleep?
- Upper Back Pains
Typically are from sleeping on too hard of a sleep surface. Especially with side sleeper.
- Lower Back Pains
Typically are from sleeping on a sagging or hammocking coil system or from too soft a comfort level on top.
Does your partner disturb your sleep? (This is referred to as transference of motion.)
- Good – Individually Pocketed Coil
The coils are not tied together with a steel spiral wire. Instead they are individually pocketed so they work independent of each other. This reduces transference of motion greatly.
- Better – Latex Foam
There are no coils in an all Latex Foam mattress. This reduces the transference of motion even more. The Latex still feels more like a traditional mattress.
- Best – Memory Foam
There are no coils in a Memory Foam mattress. The reaction time on Memory Foam is also slower than any other foam. This almost completely eliminates transference of motion.
Do your arms or legs fall asleep when you are on your mattress?
- Good – Plush or Ultra Plush Inner Spring Mattress
You need a softer comfort level on top to help reduce pressure points. This can be done by increasing natural and man made fibers under the top cover. This can also be accomplished with softer foams.
- Better – Latex all foam mattress
Helps to increase blood flow by alleviating pressure points due to no coils. Reacts like a traditional mattress without having steel pressure points.
- Best – Memory Foam Mattress or Gel Mattress
Helps to increase blood flow by alleviating pressure points due to no coils. It is the most forgiving support system made. It creates no pressure points yet due to the thickness of the foams cell walls it gives the best support available. It is truly the best of both worlds, Support and Comfort.
Do you suffer from allergies?
All of our sleep sets are void of cotton batting which was a breeding ground for Dust Mites. Therefor all of our sleeps sets begin hypo-allergenic. Once we shed skin into our sleep set, then there is something for Dust Mites to feed on.
Mattress and Pillow Protectors – Flexible breathable membrane that has a terry top. It works like fitted sheet. It can be taken off and washed. Then all stains, skin, and dust mites are stopped from entering your seep set.
Latex or Memory Foam Mattresses and Pillows with a Mattress and Pillow Protector - Latex and Memory Foams are hypo-allergenic, Dust-Mites will not bed down in it. This coupled with a protector eliminates many of the particles that cause allergies. Thus eliminating your bed as a cause of allergies.
Do you sleep hot?
Any mattress set with a breathable cover. Better mattresses come with a breathable flexible cover. i.e.- Coolmax, Dri-Fit, Outlast, Polartec
Any mattress set with a breathable cover and a fiber layer under that cover. The fiber allows for better breath-ability and wicks moisture away. Hollow Fill Fibers and Natural Fibers are the best.
Latex is clay based (Like tile) and retains coolness from the air. It sleeps cooler than any other sleep surface because of this. Coupled with a breathable top layer and you have the most breathable sleep surface made.
How many hours did you sleep last night? (How many do you need?)
We need approx 2 hours per night in restorative R.E.M. Sleep. (Rapid Eye Movement) for adequate Health and Wellness. This requires approx 7.5 Hours under good conditions. Anything keeping you from deep sleep is effecting you daily life. (i.e.- Back pain, too hot, partner moves too much, arms falling asleep etc.) Inadequate sleep can have severe detrimental effects on health. Studies have shown that sleep is essential for normal immune system function and to maintain the ability to fight disease and sickness. Sleep also is essential for normal nervous system function and the ability to function both physically and mentally. In addition, sleep is essential for learning and for normal, healthy cell growth.
Do you ever wish you had more energy?
Even though we sleep at night we might not be getting quality sleep. Our pains are due to actual Health and Wellness conditions. However, our mattresses can be the worst agitators of these conditions. The good news is they can also be the best alleviators of these conditions.
Do you anticipate a good night sleep before you go to bed?
One of the most disappointing feelings there is, dreading going to bed because it hurts you. Our bedrooms should be a sanctuary and our sleep sets a source of much relief and good health. Quit settling for bad sleep. It effects everything you do.
Do you have trouble concentrating at work or school?
Quality of sleep is imperative to proper brain function.
- 90 days of only 6 hours of sleep a night is as bad for your health as being 40 lbs. over weight.
- Getting only 6 hrs. of sleep a night for 5 consecutive nights is the same as a .061 blood alcohol level or the same as pulling an all niter.
Do you get up earlier than you would like?
Getting up early because of your aches and pains is exhausting. Sleep is supposed to be the exact opposite. One should get up felling fresh and alert. It is nice to know that these aches and pains can be reduced or eliminated by sleeping on the proper sleep set.
Can you fall asleep anywhere?
Often when one is looking for a mattress they have come up with the notion that they can sleep anywhere and on anything. For some this may seem to be a blessing. However, it is typically a sign of exhaustion. When one does not sleep well at night, the body will catch up at any chance available.
How many times do you get up in a night?
Getting up repeatedly to go to the restroom, eat, or anything besides sleep is disruptive of ones sleep cycle, thus keeping you from receiving enough R.E.M. or restorative sleep. This is usually a sign of one sleeping on a wrong or a deficient sleep set. If you were sleeping sounder your body would not notice you were hungry or needing of the restroom. It would continue it's sleep cycle until you normally wake.
Do your children sleep with you?
This can be difficult for multiple reasons. One- you are now adding to the number of disruptions you can experience. Two- there is usually not enough space for all to sleep well. Option one by a bigger bed. Option two get your child a nicer sleep set and teach them to use it so they will learn to sleep better also.
How many years have you been on your current sleep set?
There is a huge difference in comfort life and warranty life. A Warranty covers any obvious defects and comfort is exactly that, comfort. One tends not to replace their sleep set until it actually hurts them. This is usually two years longer than one should. Even though your sleep set may not be a warranty issue it could be too hard, too soft, too small, etc. Replace your sleep set prior to it actually hurting you and you will appreciate life better.
If you could change one thing about your mattresses what would it be?
Now try and remember what you were looking for when you bought your last sleep set. Did you get it? Did your sleep set last and perform like you hoped? Keeping this in mind when choosing a new sleep set will make the process of choosing the right one much easier. It gives you what and what not to look for this time.
Do you have Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Restless Leg Syndrome, or Fibromyalgia?
An Adjustable Base can assist with all these conditions:
Allows you to lift head and reduce reflux episodes
- Sleep apnea
Allows the head to be elevated helping to reduce the gravity pull on your esophagus.
- Restless Leg Syndrome
Allows legs to be lifted and massaged in order to reduce capillary restrictions and fidgeting.
Allows one to get in a more comfortable position and avoid painful trigger points.