Last week I visited Sleepy’s Westbury showroom where I had an enlightening conversation with Mattress Professional Patrick Wayne. We were talking about the showroom and all of Sleepy’s upcoming sales, when he said something that really stuck with me, “I try to explain to every customer how important their mattress is. I tell them about spinal alignment, I ask about their sleeping position, but usually they just want to know the price.” He went on, “People don’t understand how important it is to invest in a good mattress. You use it more than anything else in your house.” Patrick, I couldn’t agree with you more. I think it’s time we discuss how important it is to invest in a good mattress.
A new survey conducted by the Better Sleep Council found that almost 60% of consumers strongly agree that the right mattress would help them get a better night’s sleep. However, only 40% of consumers say that they are currently sleeping on a comfortable mattress. If we understand the correlation between a good mattress and a good night’s sleep, then why aren’t we doing anything about it?
Well, let’s be honest, buying a mattress can be daunting. It’s not a purchase that you make very often and the variety of choices can make it confusing. However, it may just be one of the most important purchases you make. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for your health, mood, and even your job. As Dr. Allan Rechtschaffen from the University of Chicago stated, “Sleep is as essential as food, air, and water”. And a good night’s sleep starts with your mattress.
So, how do you know when to replace your mattress? The first indicator is how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If you wake up sore or stiff, it could be a result of sleeping on the wrong mattress. The most important factor when choosing a mattress is ensuring that your entire body is aligned while you sleep, from your neck to your heels. Sleepy’s has the innovative bedMATCH™ system which takes all of the guess work out of mattress shopping. Through a patented computer and test bed, it uses over 1,000 calculations and 18 measurements to recommend a mattress that will give you optimal support. All you have to do is walk into a showroom, and our Mattress Professionals will give you a mattress profile to help you pick your most comfortable mattress.
Another indicator of when to replace your mattress is time. The healthy lifespan of a mattress is 5 years, and while this is ideal, most people don’t replace their mattress that often. But according to the CDC, “Research links greater sleep quality and reduced back pain, stiffness, and shoulder pain to sleeping on a new mattress as compared to a mattress 5 years or older.” So, if you’re sleeping on the same mattress on your 15th wedding anniversary that you slept on the night of your wedding, it’s time to replace your mattress.
If you know that you need to replace your mattress, what’s holding you back? Perhaps it’s the price. A mattress is definitely a big ticket item, but it could be one of the most important items you own for your health and well-being. Let’s break it down to numbers. Let’s say you purchase a mattress for $3,000. That seems like a good chunk of change, right? Well, take that $3,000 and divide it by the healthy lifespan of a mattress, 5 years. That comes out to $1.64 a night. $1.64! That’s less than I spent on a cup of coffee this morning! When you consider all the benefits that a good night’s sleep provides, a new mattress is an investment worth making for your health.
Let’s say you need a new mattress but you can’t afford to spend the money right now. That’s where we come in. This Thursday through Saturday, Sleepy’s has special financing* on select Tempur-Pedic mattresses. It’s time to visit a showroom near you for a one-on-one shopping experience with a Mattress Professional. They will guide you to your most comfortable mattress and make sure you’re making the right investment.
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Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy