Choosing an Air Mattress
March 19, 2017
Air mattresses are nowhere near new, but the trend of using it as a substitute for traditional beds was recent. The shift has a lot to do with the quality of air mattresses in the market right now. Not only are they sturdy and comfortable, they’re also easy to set-up, reasonably priced and can be modified to the preference of any user. Air beds are also far more functional and diverse. There are air beds you can take camping, put in your car and blow right before your guests arrive. For the practical homeowner, this is the perfect investment because, regardless of how, he knows he can use it.
Not all air mattresses are made equal. Some do better at serving a purpose than others, like the best camping air beds are not necessarily the ones recommended for your daily use. To help you choose which one fits you and your lifestyle the best, here’s a guide to choosing an air mattress.
What do you need it for?
The most crucial consideration in picking the right bed is use because there are different recommended air beds for each particular purpose. There are some features that may be integral to the best daily use bed, but not necessarily important for a camping air bed. You decide on the bed’s main purpose and list down what your priority features are. For example, buying for guest rooms might mean opting for a bigger and more deluxe air mattress. Conversely, purchasing one you can use for backpacking means it has to be smaller and easier to carry around. This is why you need to do a bit of research before settling on buying one.
How much space do you have?
Regardless of whether you’re putting this in your room or a tent, you have to consider space. You can’t fit a king size bed in a solo tent, and it’s a waste buying a twin if your bed frame is made for a queen size mattress. Just like any addition to your home, the space you have left determines the maximum and minimum size of an air bed you can buy. Make sure to do your measurements or check out what the available sizes are for the particular style of air bed you want.
You also have to consider if there would be enough space to accommodate the people who will be sleeping on it. Remember that a twin size can only fit one comfortably. If you’d be sleeping alone, think about how much vacant space you want around you because a queen size can be as big as 58” x 78” inches.
How much does it cost?
Whether you’re working under a specific budget or are willing and able to spend more, make sure that you are still getting the value for your money. Some buyers compromise on comfort because they think that’s all they can afford, not necessarily looking up cheaper brands that make good quality air beds. There are also those who would compromise on size, fitting two people in a tiny twin bed, just to buy a premium brand. Again, there are a lot options. Just settle on a price point, list down your non-negotiables, and keep looking until you find one that’s reasonable. Spending some money on a bad-quality air bed is not only uncomfortable, but also a waste of money.
How A Mattress Can Impact The Quality Of Your Sleep
December 8, 2016
The number one priority for most people is getting a good night sleep. According to a study, a low quality mattress is the major cause of sleeplessness and insomnia. A mattress that is too soft or too firm can impact the quality of your sleep significantly as well as your functionality during the day. Most studies have determined that medium firm mattresses are the best for a good night sleep but unfortunately, there is no way to standardize the meaning of medium-firm.
To an overweight person, a firm mattress may feel soft while the same mattress may feel firm to a person weighing less. For this reason, a person’s weight plays a major role when selecting the right mattress.
How a quality mattress impacts the quality of sleep
We all pass through different stages when sleeping. Once we fall asleep, the skeletal muscle that supports our back relax and we lose support to the spine. Therefore, the right mattress should be supportive to the spine.
In order to get sufficient sleep and wake up free from body aches and pain, the body should be aligned properly when sleeping. The right mattress should be able to support a neutral position of the body so that the spine has a good curvature while the rest of the body is well supported and in proper alignment.
A firm mattress is not the best choice as it makes the body to put pressure heavily on some body parts leading to pain when you wake up. Conversely, a mattress that is too soft makes the body to flop downwards into the mattress and some body parts will not get the support they need again leading to body pains and aches.
As stated above, every person has varying mattress needs. Certain conditions may call for a softer or firmer mattress than others. It is just a matter of identifying your body needs prior to purchasing a mattress and ensuring that it offers you the right support.
What to look for when buying a new mattress
With plethora types of mattresses in the market, it can be quite difficult to determine the type of mattress that will be right for you. You should not purchase just any medium firm mattress because it is the most recommended. Keep in mind that each person’s pressure points are more or less sensitive than another person’s. Therefore, the only way you can be sure that you are indeed buying the right mattress is to try it out.
While at the store, lay down on the mattress and pay attention to what you are feeling. Sleep experts state that if you do not experience any discomfort and feel as though there is nothing supporting you, then it is the right mattress for you. Of course, you will feel the mattress beneath you but there should be no tender or painful areas resulting from laying on the bed.
Some people have allergies that can disrupt sleep. Allergens can sometimes cause breathing problems so that a person experiences coughing spells with sniffles throughout the night. If allergies cause you to wake up in the night, ensure you purchase a mattress that is covered with a hypoallergenic fabric.