Forget about melatonin supplements and lavender-scented sprays — the first thing you can do to improve the quality of your sleep is to invest in a good mattress and pillow. Good sleep is important for our health and well-being, and quality, of course, comes at a price.
“A cheaper option may cost you less initially, but remember that the quality affects the lifespan as well as your utility. If you consider the number of years a good mattress can last, and the problems you avoid (stiff neck and shoulders, headaches), it’s actually a very worthwhile investment to make,” says Tempur’s international brand manager, Julia Rigby.
When shopping for mattresses, we all know that we should try them out in the stores before making a decision. But did you know that you should always lie down on the mattress for at least seven minutes so your body can properly decide if it’s a good fit?
Rigby clues us in on the other things to note (pillows included) before you commit to this long-term relationship.
1. The warranty period
A reasonably good mattress should stay with you for at least seven years and a good pillow, two years.
2. The country of origin
It’s important to find this out if you’re concerned about the quality.
3. The material
Whether you’re looking at spring, memory foam or latex, you should do your research and understand the benefits each brings.
4. Pick a pillow that suits your needs
There are many different pillows in the market, so be clear of what you need. If you tend to feel stiffness in your neck and shoulders or experience frequent headaches, snoring or stiff necks, it’s advisable to go for an ergonomic design for the best support possible.
You should also find one to cater to your sleeping style — are you a side sleeper, back sleeper or front sleeper? Get the sales staff to help find you the correct pillow.