Choose a comfortable store first.
Choose a comfortable store before you
choose a comfortable mattress. Ask your friends or coworkers
where they bought their mattress. Call the local Chamber of
Commerce or Better Business Bureau. Find a store that
specializes in sleep products, rather than a furniture or
department store. Generally, salespeople at furniture or
department stores do not specialize in mattresses and usually know
very little about all the different types of mattresses available
Where should I go?
Now, you know I'm going to say The Sleep Shop, of
course! If you are in Western NC, please visit one of our
for our store locations.
You'll find our atmosphere is very relaxed, because we
have an absolutely NO pressure sales philosophy. We do not accept
mattress manufacturer "spiffs," nor do we work on
commission, so we are able to offer the best prices on our
mattress sets. Our consultants (sounds so much better than
salespeople) are very knowledgeable about
our mattresses, and we strive to educate rather than intimidate our
customers. If you are not local to us, go to a mattress
store, rather than a department or furniture store. Before
you go, call the store up and ask what their sales philosophy
is. If they use high pressure sales tactics, go somewhere
else. The last thing you need is to feel hurried and pressured when
you're trying to choose a mattress.
How do I choose the right mattress for me?
Don't shop for a mattress when you're in a hurry. Plan
on spending a few hours to make the right choice. Try at
least 2 or 3 different mattresses out. Lie down, turn over, sit on
the edge, don't be shy. (And it is okay to lie down with
your husband/wife/partner. We know you sleep with him/her at
home!) Spend at least 10 - 15 minutes on your side, back, or
stomach (however you normally sleep.) Do you feel any
pressure points? Does your lower back feel supported?
Do you feel your partner roll over or
What about body impressions?
20, 30, 50 years ago consumers had 3
choices of mattresses: firm, firmer, and firmest. Today,
through scientific research and technology, consumers have an
amazing variety of sleep surfaces from rock hard to cloudlike
plushness. Mattress companies use different densities/types
of foams, from visco foam to latex foam to polyurethane foam to
create different firmnesses in mattresses. Despite marvelous
accomplishments in terms of better comfort, support, and
durability, modern science has NOT been able to create a type of
foam that will not break down over time. Many mattress
dealers (and mattress manufacturers) will tell you that you will
not get body impressions (commonly called sags by customers, but
doesn't body impressions sound better??) But you will.
The tendency is very high that you will get body impressions of up
to 1.25". This is especially true of very plush or
pillow top mattresses. King size mattresses will nearly
always develop a "W" shape with a slight to major hump
in the middle. You can avoid this by snuggling with your
partner in the center every now and then. But of course, that is
none of our business. Generally, body impressions are absolutely
normal and do not affect
the overall comfort and support of the mattress, unless you try to keep it for
10 - 15 years. You have 2 choices: Opt for a very firm
mattress with little foam, thus little comfort and little body
impressions, or opt for a plush comfortable mattress that will
inevitably get body impressions.
Should I lower my expectations?
Yes. If you have back trouble, pain, injury, etc., there
is no mattress that will "cure" your back ache. If you have chronic
insomnia, no mattress is going to completely alleviate that. You
should seek medical attention. While a mattress may help you sleep
better, you need to know that a healthy back and healthy sleep habits
are the direct results of an overall healthy lifestyle. Stop
smoking, exercise 30 minutes a day, and eat your vegetables. If
you simply add 30 minutes of exercise per day, your whole life will
change- you will begin to sleep better, your back will feel better, AND
you'll lose weight which could be straining your back.
What about the warranty?
No other home product or appliance offers the type of warranty
that mattress companies offer. And yet, no other piece of
furniture or appliance in your home gets as much use and even
abuse as your mattress. It is my humble opinion that in the
not-so-distant future, mattress companies will decide that comfort
and the health benefits of a good night's sleep are the best
selling points of mattresses, not whether or not the mattress will
last 10 or 20 years and stay flat as a fritter during all that
How about a disgusting fact? Keeping a mattress
for over 10 years means you are also keeping all the dead skin
cells, dust mites, and allergens that accumulate over ten years.
Your mattress gains 1 pound per year of those ugly microscopic
creatures and dead skin cells. YUCK! I like to think
about it like this: If I kept a mattress for 10 years, that would
mean not only would it weigh 10 pounds more than when I first got
it, but also it would have the remnants of numerous cans of hairspray, a
decade's worth of body sprays and potions that I used wildly in
the 1990's, and it would have been moved and bent around the
corners of hallways and staircases of about 5 different apartments
and 1 house probably damaging it and making it less
supportive. So what does this mean? Replace your
mattress more often than 10 years.
mattress should you choose?
We'll never choose a mattress for you. Every body is
different. Some folks love to sink deep into a mattress,
while others feel they are being smothered on an ultra-plush
mattress. We can make suggestions and guide you somewhat, but
ultimately, the decision is entirely up to you.
Why don't we ship our mattresses out of our local area?
We truly believe you should try out a mattress before you buy
it. Unfortunately, it is impossible to determine for certain if a
mattress you tried in another store in another state is the same as the
ones we offer. All mattress companies name their mattresses
different names for different stores and in different parts of the
country. In North Carolina, used mattresses and linens are not
resalable, so they are not returnable. We do not offer a comfort
guarantee in our stores, so we would not offer one online.
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