Often the bedding shopper has been out of the market for over a decade. Therefore by that time there may have been significant changes to the way mattresses have been made. Choosing a new bed can become extremely intimidating and stressful based on the lack of familiarity and the confidence in what good product knowledge brings.
Most bedding brands have a similar outlook on choosing a new bed. The guide words are support and comfort. Support is the way in which the mattress or mattress set holds the natural outline and weight of the body. Comfort is the inherent mattress surface comfort – its ‘feel’ as sensed the individual being held by the mattress.
This is what should happen: If the body alignment remains in an optimum ‘held position’ or ‘support’ it will respond from a position of consistency. At that point the body begins relaxing to encounter the feelings of preferential comfort. That is, a personal sensation of overall softness or firmness. That comfort response means that the body will begin to relax in a fashion that engages sleep fairly quickly – between five and 20 minutes, and, will promote long intervals of restful restorative sleep during the night time sleep cycle.
Shopping for a mattress, does not allow for a great deal of time to come to the same conclusion as a full night’s sleep. However, the body-signals for sensing support level and comfort type can be approximated at the point of sale by doing the following:
- Dress in loose comfortable clothing that allows personal sensations to run freely.
- Be prepared to lie down on each model being recommended once you express your requirements and the things that allow you to sleep better through the recommended guidelines of addressing issues personal support and comfort.
- If there are questions or concerns about the mattress sets, feel free to make them known to a sales associate so attention is directed appropriately to one or more that could satisfy personal needs.
- Listen to the answers and how it affects the sensations being experienced in terms of personal body support and comfort. Give it a moment for the information to be absorbed and understood. Then realistically the concepts of support and comfort make a great deal more sense and the experience becomes more interesting, useful and not intimidating.
- Feel the bed and make sure its holds the body form correctly. Remember, if the support level is uneven or drops even a few degrees out of optimum position, will result in disorientation and rejection.
- Similarly if the bed holds you correctly but is not allowing enough surface ‘give’ to adapt comfortably to the sleeper’s form, then for reasons similar reasons the mattress would be rejected.
Nonetheless this discussion brings some very useful tools in selecting a new mattress or mattress set that will meet the users’ needs.
In conclusion, don’t overthink or over feel what the mattress is doing to hold and comfort when in the testing mode. If the sleep set’s balance is just right, it doesn’t matter what else is shown as a bedding alternative. Invariably the sensation experienced in the optimum way, correctly brings the bedding shopper back to the same product at the end of the testing experience.