Since most of us spend more time in bed than awake in our lifetime, it is important to ensure that our sleep is comfortable and stress free. Other than bed choice, the type and quality of the mattress is also a contributing factor. A mattress is not like a piece of bedding you purchase and use for a short time, that’s why it’s important to buy one that is durable and made of good quality.


To ensure you’re making the right mattress choice, here are some quick tips on what to look out for.

1. Your height

A good mattress should be at least six inches longer than the person sleeping on it. Remember to give an allowance for your feet.

2. Do some homework before you start shopping 

Do the ground work on the choice of the mattress you want to buy. Do enough research about the type, the quality and the size of the mattress before making any purchase. Try to recall the best sleep you’ve had while on vacation, what type of bed and linens helped you get a better night’s sleep.

We know friends who’ve had the best sleep in a certain hotel’s bed that they contacted the same hotel chain and bought an entire bed set from them. While that may be possible for some of us, most of us would not probably have an option like that. So what’s the next best thing? Mimic that similar conditions at home with what you can find in your local stores. Then dress up the look with comfortable sheets.

3. Make use of retail sales person or associates

In western countries, stores that specialize in mattresses usually have the required training to know how to help customers select the best mattress to get a good sleep. In Hong Kong, it’s hard to find a good salesman who can really make the right recommendations, so the best deal is really to do some homework. If you’re travelling for work, call the concierge at the hotel you’re staying and ask them for more details on the bedding you have in the room if it’s been a good night’s sleep.

Always ask the salesman lots of questions and to guide you through bedding choices. The more you ask, the more he’ll be able to help you better. Ask the dealer if they offer a comfort guarantee of the mattress before you buy. Mare sure you understand the details that comes with it, for example, know whether you can return the mattress within a certain time frame if it doesn’t satisfy your needs. Yes some brands/ stores do that, like Ikea!

4. Test drive your mattress

After you have made your choice of the mattress, try and do the S.L.E.E.P. test. This involves lying on the mattress on different position to find out whether the mattress meets your needs. Spend some extra time in the position you normally sleep. This will make you feel the true support of the mattress. That is, are you feeling the comfort you want the mattress to provide?

Other tips to look at include;

– number of coils or turns in a mattress

– your sleeping lifestyle

– note the lifespan of the mattress and warranty period

You can make your sleep as comfortable as possible by simply buying the right mattress that fits you. Follow these tips and you’ll be sleeping well in no time at all. Remember, good sleep comes hand-in-hand with a good mattress choice so you’ll wake up as fresh as a daisy.


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