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Common Mattress Buying Mistakes

Common Mattress Buying Mistakes

Buying a new mattress can be a long, exhausting process. You enter a store and are instantly greeted by a sea of almost identical looking rectangles. There’s so much to choose from… plush, firm, pillow top, hybrid, memory foam, innerspring. It can be difficult to decide where to start and unfortunately can lead to people buying the wrong mattress.

We recently sat down with our sleep specialists to compile a list of the most common mistakes they see when people are shopping for a new mattress. Check out these mistakes and make sure you end up with the best mattress for you!

Most Common Mattress Buying Mistakes

1. Buying a mattress that is too firm.

Many people have heard that a firm bed is always better for your back—this is incorrect! When you couple this incorrect information with the fact that most people wait until their current mattress is well past its healthy life, folks will overcompensate for their worn out mattress and select a bed that is just too hard for their sleeping position. Proper pressure relief is key for correct spinal alignment, circulation and support! Choosing a bed that is too firm is the most common error we see people make, and it is the most common reason for a mattress exchange.

2. Trying too many beds.

When shoppers try every bed available, it is like smelling every perfume at the counter all lined up in a row. Let your sales professional guide you to the best options for you based on your sleeping position and preferences, or you can quickly become overwhelmed, fatigued and make a frustrated choice. Avoid laying on beds that are not in your comfort profile, and once you have eliminated a bed, don’t return to it. This will keep your testing palate fresh.

3. Going to too many locations.

Like the previous mistake, going to too many locations before you have selected a bed you love is a common mistake that leaves many shoppers exhausted and confused by the end of the day. They then make a rash decision to end the process instead of making a decision that will help them sleep better. Try to find a retailer that has a great staff and offers a variety of brands and models. Then, if you want to shop for price, do so with a clear choice in mind. Many retailers will give you a window of time to find a better deal on the bed you love AFTER you purchase. This allows you to do your price shopping while well-rested from your new set.

4. Putting too much stock in online reviews or friend’s and family’s preference.

Choosing a mattress is a very personal thing. As with food, there are things that you like that your friends and loved ones can’t stand, and vice versa. Picking a bed based on what others like or do not like is a common mistake, and this goes for both brands and models. Since everyone has different preferences, body types, sleeping positions and medical histories it is important to make your decision based on what works best for you rather than choosing or eliminating a brand, model or type of mattress based on what works for your coworker, parents or that anonymous person online. The only time you should be concerned with others when choosing a bed is when they will be sharing it with you!

5. Too much focus on price.

Of course we all have a budget that must be honored, and when shoppers start the process of selecting a mattress this is usually the one factor they feel most familiar with. Too much focus on this, however, can lead to missing very important queues. Sometimes a small increase—or decrease—in what they expect to spend will have them miss out on a mattress that could be “the one”. When people pick a bed based too heavily on price rather than their sleeping needs, they will be lucky to leave with the right choice.

6. Being afraid of salespeople.

There are good and bad people in any industry and a pushy salesperson can make an already difficult decision even less comfortable. That said there are many salespeople who take great pride in helping a shopper find their perfect match. Buying a mattress is not something most people do very often, and the kind of help a knowledgeable and helpful salesperson is able to provide can be the key difference in making a choice that will serve you well for years to come.

Tips to Survive Black Friday

Tips to Survive Black Friday

Black Friday is around the corner. Time to camp out and score the hottest deals of the season! Before you skip a night of sleep to save hundreds on your Christmas gifts, check out our 5 Black Friday shopping tips.

Sleep Well the Night Before

Many Black Friday sales start at the stroke of midnight (some even earlier). This means you will be skimping on precious sleep time. Make sure you get enough rest the night before so you are able to power through the lines and get your shopping done.

Research the Sales

Do your research before heading to the stores. A little prep work will help you plan your route to score the best deals. If you are looking for a hot ticket item (e.g. flat screen TVs or the latest video gaming system), check multiple sites and sale papers to ensure you are getting the best deal. Sites like BlackFriday.com and TheBlackFriday.com will find the sale ads for you, or you can visit the individual retailer’s website.

Divide and Conquer

Shopping with friends and family might be fun, but you will most likely miss out on some deals. If saving money and getting the best bang for your buck is what is most important to you, consider splitting up and tackling different stores. This will also help you check everything off your list in less time—giving you a little time left to crawl back in bed!

Be Patient & Safe

Thousands of people will be out and about—remember to be patient and safe. There will be lines. There will be craziness. Have fun and enjoy the adventure.

While carrying cash might help you stay within your budget, there is a greater chance of it being stolen. Credit and debit cards often offer fraud protection in case your card is stolen.

Don’t Forget About Online Shopping

Hate the crowds? Many retailers now offer the same deals online! Many stores offer free delivery over this big shopping weekend, making it even easier to shop from home. Now you can get the best deals around while relaxing on the couch in your comfy PJs.

Is a better night’s sleep one of the items on your shopping list?