'Helpful Tips' when buying a new mattress:
Did you know: Your mattress goes through the aging process too? After about seven to eight years, your mattress will have lived its natural life span, and then some. If your mattress is eight years or older, it is time to replace it!
You probably know that an old mattress can prevent you from getting the type of healthy, regular sleep that keeps your body feeling young. As you age, getting quality sleep is critical to maintaining your health, vitality and weight.
Know that firm mattresses aren't always better for your back. Think twice before buying a hard or firm mattress, as research has shown that the best mattress for low back pain is a medium firm mattress rather than a firm mattress. There is a difference between firm support and firm feel. You want firm support with a comfortable feel. Comfort will be determined by your personal comfort level.
Take the mattress for a test drive. When shopping for a mattress, try to lie on the mattress in the store for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Don't feel self -conscious or feel like you're taking too long. It's an important purchase, and if you don't try it for at least 10 minutes you're not going to get a real feel for it.
Talk to your doctor. If you have a health condition, talk to your doctor or physical therapist about what they recommend. Keep in mind that doctors are not sleep experts, but they know your medical condition and symptoms and will probably have some good advice from that point of view.
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