Are you sleeping on the right mattress? If you wake up with muscle aches, it might be time to change.

How often should you replace your mattress?

Most mattresses wear out every 10 years. During ten years, you’ve slept on it for about 29,000 hours. If you’re older than 40, some experts suggest getting a new one every five years to seven years. Experts suggest this because bodies become more susceptible to pressure as we age.

How to shop for a mattress?

It is best to shop for your mattress in person. You can buy it online or by phone if you have tested out the exact same one in a store.

When shopping for a mattress, try to lie down for a full 15 minutes in your favorite sleeping position. Most shoppers found that purchasing a mattress after laying down for 15 minutes, they could were more likely to like it a month after and not need to return it.

If you have a significant other that will share your bed, have them try it out before you buy it.

Choose a store with a generous return policy. Sears has a 30-day return on mattresses and Costco allows unlimited returns.

Shop late in the day when you are tired. When you are awake and perky a mattress may feel more comfortable than when you are sleepy and tired.

Choose a store that’s having a big sale. Mattresses are almost always on sale.

Is one mattress better than another?

Choosing a mattress is more about personal preference. However, most people like mattresses with at least 390 coils, and one that costs at least $800 for a queen size.

Pillow tops

Many come with pillow tops. Over time, the padding in the pillow top sags or forms deep craters. If this happens you will need a new mattress, even though the rest of it is in great shape.

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