How to choose a perfect mattress when shopping in stores? Too many choices: different brands, names, types, prices. Which one is right for you or your family member?

To answer your questions and remove confusion, I created a tool – Mattress Selection Technique, which helps you, a consumer, to select a perfect mattress every time for everyone. The technique was developed using scientific approach to the body posture requirements and personal observations during long years working in the field. The goal of the technique is to determine: 1. if the mattress (any brand, any type) provides necessary support for the body shape and weight, 2.if the mattress is comfortable in any sleeping position.

So, when testing mattresses in the store, remember the following:

  • Brand doesn’t matter. Price doesn’t matter. Mattress type (coil, memory foam, hybrid, air) doesn’t matter.
  • What matters is Comfort and Support in any sleeping position.

Most people alternate between 2-3 different sleeping positions during the night. That is why, when lying down on a mattress, you should start with the first sleeping position you go to when getting into bed.  Stay in the position for a few minutes and then move into your next sleeping position (i.e. start on my side and turn to my back).

Follow my TECHNIQUE.

WHEN LYING ON YOUR BACK.

Mattress Selection Technique, when sleeping on a back.

Concentrate on:

  1. The hollow of your back (lumbar region) is filled in.  When you slide your hand between your back and the mattress, it should feel reasonably snug.
  2. The area between the shoulder blades and behind your knees should be filled in. It is a very long-winded way of saying, that every part of your body should be supported, and you should be comfortable.
  3. The stomach should be flat, and the hips and torso should not sink down lower than the feet, which would indicate a too soft mattress. The spine is not flat, and the perfect mattress should conform to each individual silhouette, resulting in symmetry between body and mattress.

The mattress is right for you if:

  • Mattress supports body weight and shape.
  • Neck, shoulders, lumbar region and behind the knees should be supported/filled in.
  • Your body is aligned. See the picture above.
  • You are comfortable.

WHEN LYING ON YOUR SIDE.

Mattress Selection Technique< when sleeping on a side.

Concentrate on:

  1. Pressure points – When lying on your side, body weight is rested on the ankles, knees, hips and ribs and on the shoulder. These are pressure points. Shoulder – the small shoulder muscle is absorbing the weight of the entire body. If not properly supported, by being recessed into the mattress, the pressure on this muscle will decrease blood circulation. The slightest hindrance of circulation or a pinched nerve can cause the arm to go numb or tingling sensations in your fingertips. Laying on your side for 5 minutes is equal to 2 hours on your back.
  2. Spine alignment – The goal here is to have the spine aligned in a perfectly straight line, from neck to tail bone. Misalignment will result in neck and back pain. A curved spine is the result of a too soft or too firm mattress.

The mattress is right for you if:

  • All pressure points are comfortable (shoulders, ankles, knees, hips, ribs, etc.)
  • Your spine is straight. See the picture above.
  • Your shoulder is absolutely comfortable. In the perfect mattress for you, the shoulder goes slightly into the mattress. It gives a floating sensation.
  • You are comfortable.

WHEN LYING ON YOUR STOMACH.

Mattress Selection Technique, when sleeping on a stomach.

Concentrate on:

  1. Lower back – The center portion of the body is the heaviest, and in turn, requires the most support. Mattress selection should err on the firmer side. If the hips sink too far down into the mattress, an inverse “hammock” effect is the result. The feet and shoulders should never be higher than the hips. This position causes tremendous pressure on the lower back.
  2. Neck – is in a neutral position, keeping the head straight -aligned with the whole body. It is important to have a soft pillow when trying a mattress in a stomach sleeping position.
  3. Pressure points – Rib cage and knees are bearing the body weight.

The mattress is right for you if:

  • Mattress supports body weight and shape.
  • Your body is aligned: from head to feet, imagine a straight line going through your body. See the picture above.
  • All pressure points are comfortable.
  • No pressure or discomfort in your lower back area.
  • Your shoulders and feet should never be higher than your hips.