by Dale Fernandez D.C.
Especially when we head into another calendar year, one of the most common questions patients at Back To Wellness ask us about is “Which bed is right for me?” Through our research and personal testimonials from thousands of patients, we learn that not one bed make/model will be perfect for everyone. Although there are many materials, levels of firmness, and options available, please consider these tips when shopping for your next mattress.
1. Actually go out and try the bed
Don’t buy a bed sight-unseen from a website. Online companies make it just too easy to have a bed delivered to your door step. Even with an unbelievable ’satisfaction guarantee’, there is an inherent difficulty in re-packing up a bed to ship it back to the factory. Another factor of going to a ‘brick & mortar’ store? It’ll support your local businesses!
2. Bring a notepad
When you go out and try beds, take notes! You’ll probably try at least 6-12 beds. Just rate them in comfort levels in whatever scale you think, 1 to 5 or 1 to 10. There are many subjective variables in shopping for a bed, at least you can give each bed a personal score. Prior to the pandemic, I would ask patients when they travel to make note of any particular hotel beds are most comfortable or uncomfortable to them.
3. Take your time
Lay on each bed at the store for at least 5 minutes. Five minutes x 12 beds is a long time? Remember that you will probably have that bed for 8-10 years. Invest some time with the shopping process just like you were going to buy a new car. Lay on your back. Lay on your right side, left side. Feel the difference of each position.
4. Try not to look at the price tag first.
Looking at the price first can affect your judgement just like if you buy that ’top-shelf’ wine bottle at the grocery store. Although it’s expensive, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee you will like it. If you have any specific questions about this or any other health topics, we welcome you to schedule a clinic appointment to ensure we can best answer your questions.
If you have any specific questions about this or any other health topics, we welcome you to schedule a clinic appointment to ensure we can best answer your questions.