How to Pick Your Perfect Mattress
Ready for a new mattress? Here's how to find the one that suits you best.
Sofa Beds continued...
Pros: Sofa beds are convenient, especially if you have limited space.
But from a health perspective, Shamie and Breus don't see any advantages.
Cons: A night or two on a sofa bed is OK. But "this is probably the
worst kind of bed you can sleep on long-term," Shamie says. The mattresses used
in most sofa beds are very thin and the springs quite weak. "It really leads to
an uncomfortable situation," Shamie says.
If you're really tight for space and need a bed that folds up, Shamie says
that futons, while not the most supportive, are better for your back than the
typical sofa bed.
Conditions: There are no conditions for which a sofa bed will be
helpful, according to the experts. But if you have a bad back or hips, these
beds will be especially uncomfortable.
When to Part With Your Old Mattress
Today's mattresses are made to last a lifetime. But you probably shouldn't
plan on keeping yours for that long. Our bodies change over time, Breus says,
so the mattress that was once a joy to sleep on may no longer feel comfortable
a few years down the road.
In addition, mattresses collect dust mites, fungus, and other germs that can
exacerbate allergies and impact your sleep patterns. After 10 to 15 years, it's
time to think about buying a new bed.
Ultimately, the experts say that the best bed for you is the one that feels
most comfortable. And remember, Shamie says, "There's no mattress that's going
to save your body when you get only five hours of sleep." In order to feel your
best, you need to get enough rest… no matter what type of mattress you're