We’ve owned a Chattam & Wells mattress for 15 years and have begun to wake up due to knee and hip discomfort. Guess it’s time for a new bed. With the new ownership of Chattam & Wells has the quality changed, also interested in seeing a review on this site for the Kluft mattresses as […]
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How many times have you heard, “You spend a third of your life in bed”?
It’s a common phrase, especially if you’ve been out shopping for a mattress.
It’s one of the catch phrases that salespeople use.
When you hear it, you understand the importance of a good mattress. You equate quality with expense, and so you play into the remainder of the sales pitch to which you are listening.
It is true, that you will benefit from a quality mattress. What isn’t necessarily true is that the mattress the salesperson wants to sell you is the mattress that’s right for you.
It isn’t necessarily true, that the more it costs, the better it must be.
And, it is absolutely not true, that a mattress is a luxury item…as much of the retail sales force would have you believe.
But if a mattress is not a luxury item, then what is it?
If your focus is not on comfort alone, then where should it be?
Think about the purpose of a mattress. Its function is to support your body while lying down. It has to support your skeletal and muscular systems and it needs to be comfortable enough, to allow you to sleep deeply.
Think about the shape of your body…how it looks when you are standing upright…the natural curves and arches.
A mattress needs to be able to hold you in that very same position while you are sleeping.
Maintaining your body’s natural alignment is one of the keys to a quality night’s sleep…the most important of the key elements.
Also, a mattress needs to be comfortable…”Comfortable Enough”, to allow for a greater depth of sleep.
The target depth of sleep is called “REM” sleep. The longer you stay asleep that deeply, the more refreshed you’ll will feel when you awake….the lower your stress level will be…the greater your performance will be at work, school and with your interactions with other people.
The operative phrase is, “Comfortable Enough”. When a mattress is too soft, you alignment is thrown off and your depth of sleep is minimized. That mattress that felt like the “Mattress of Your Dreams” to try at the store, quickly becomes a nightmare within days, weeks or months of using it.
And, to complicate matters further, you are buying an upholstered product….an upholstered product that has to support your weight. We aren’t talking about a wooden chair. We’re talking about a mattress that will begin to wear the moment you start using it. Not only does your mattress need to support and comfort you, for the money it costs, you expect it to do its job for a reasonable amount of time. You want all that and value for your dollar too.
There comes a point of diminishing return…a point in that line of mattresses, where you are spending more and getting less in performance. Most “best buys” are mid-priced.
There are a number of mattresses that are a good choice for many. There is no mattress that works for everyone. If you suffer from multiple physical ailments, you cannot ignore one to alleviate the other.
If you’re younger and have no chronic pain, a good mattress is important for you, as well.
Eventually, that desk job or pickup football game will catch up with you and you don’t want to go without the proper support.
Write to me, if you have questions about what may be a better choice for you…or, if you’ve already made a choice that went horribly wrong… because you don’t want to do that again…not at these prices.
Peter Cancelli – The Mattress Expert
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