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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Buying a new mattress

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, and sometimes it actually does. My recent experience with technology while mattress shopping is a perfect example.

It all started during a visit to the chiropractor. After about six plane trips in as many weeks, I was a little stiff.

I casually mentioned to Dr. Dan that I thought our bed was about 10 years old. Immediately, he told me that it was time to get a new bed (every 8 years is the recommendation). He suggested I go to a local store (Sit ‘n Sleep) and take advantage of their unique technology.

My husband Garry and I went to our local store and told the sales guy, Michael, that we heard about some “special” technology that helps couples choose the right bed for them.

He immediately took us over to the corner of the store, and on a big computer monitor he filled in info for each of us -- gender, height, side sleeper, back sleeper, etc. Then, Garry and I laid on our respective sides of the “test bed.” We watched a short video while laying there and the bed electronically measured our ideal bed characteristics.

Shortly thereafter, we got a color printout of our ideal bed. Mine was a softer bed (green) and Garry’s was firmer (blue). I was curious to see how this was going to work out.

Next, Michael took us around the store to try out a bunch of color-coded beds (red tags for extra-firm, blue tags for firm, and green tags for soft). It was hilarious to go from bed to bed, lying on our respective sides. Finally, after about 10 beds, we found a “green” bed that was firm enough for Garry.

In my lifetime I’ve probably purchased about four different beds, so this high-tech bed-hopping selection process was a first! But when I tried out that “perfect” bed, it felt amazing. I felt like I was in heaven. It was like a giant soft envelope of comfort.

Garry and I anxiously awaited the arrival of our new mattress. It came a few days ago, and I can honestly say I have never slept better.

And just in case you don’t believe that this “special technology” makes a difference, good friends of mine purchased a new bed about three weeks ago. They were able to buy it during a department store sale and paid about half of what we did for ours. As with most beds, you have a trial period, during which you can return it, and pay a small restocking fee. Well, my friends were thrilled with the price they paid. However, they are not completely satisfied with the quality of their sleep. Actually they are still not sure if it’s the right bed for them, and may be returning it.

Since you spend almost a third of your life in bed, you might want to invest a little more money and check out this “special technology”…

Something to consider!
Karen

4 comments:

  1. This is a terrific article - of course there is lots to consider when buying a new mattress. That restocking fee for returning your mattress varies greatly from store to store, so do your homework!

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  2. It is funny going round a mattress store trying out all the beds but it is important to do so because you need to make sure you are buying one you find comfortable. Don't feel embarrassed and give them mattresses a good go!

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  3. I also find this new technology very helpful. When I accompanied my daughter to buy a new mattress, this technology helped her find the mattress that suits her body type. However, you must also take note of the quality of the mattress before buying it. Your mattress might be comfortable, but it might not last for 3 to 5 years. This is not a good deal, and your money will just be wasted. Find a mattress that both offers comfort and durability. ->Aniyah Bautista

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  4. Wow! This is a very helpful article, Karen. Sleep is necessary to stay healthy and keep your body in good shape. Sleep deprivation due to uneasy sleeping, which could be contributed to ineffective mattress, may cause physical ailments in the future. Getting the bed that's right for you is a must!

    Dante Storey @ Healthy Bed Store

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