Dos and Don'ts of Buying a Mattress

Dated: 03/21/2019

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A good night's sleep is essential, like diet and exercise, to your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. According to the Better Sleep Council, sleep experts recommend an average of 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, yet many people get far less than that recommendation. Your mattress plays one of the biggest roles in determining how long and how well you'll sleep. Below, some dos and don'ts when it comes time to select your next mattress.

1. DO replace your mattress if seven years or older. Your bed and your body naturally change over time, and older mattresses may not be giving you the correct support you need for a restful sleep.

2. DO try mattresses out in a store. While ordering a mattress online and having it show up at your door is super convenient, nothing beats the old-fashion method of shopping in person for your mattress, where you can see, feel, and try out the mattress before you buy it. Comfort is the most important part of choosing a mattress, and there's no way to truly know if a mattress is the right one for you without trying it out first in person.

3. DO come prepared when shopping for a mattress. Dress comfortably (wear loose comfy cloths and shoes that you can remove easily), plan to stay a little while (take as much time as you need to relax and get a true feel for the mattress), and bring your sleep partner (you want to be sure that you find a mattress that's large enough and comfortable enough for the both of you).

4. DON'T assume that a "firmer" mattress is "better". While a firmer mattress may be the right one for some, that isn't to say that it's going to be the right mattress for all. It's important to pick a mattress that complements your body, your sleep habits, and your life to get the most out of your purchase. At the end of the day, it's all about comfort, and each person's personal comfort is going to vary.

5. DON'T forget the mattress topper. Investing in a mattress cover or mattress pad is a good investment because it protects your mattress from stains and moisture, helps to keep the sheets in place, and makes your bed a bit more hygienic, since the cover is easy to remove and clean at any time.

Sleep, or lack of it, affects every aspect of life. From productivity, to health, to mood, sleep is critical for a healthy lifestyle. The right mattress plays a big role in helping you to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and having you wake up refreshed and stay alert throughout the day.

Melissa Rolland is a Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor®, Accredited Home Stager, and author of the book Straight from the Kitchen Table: Every Day Real Estate. She lives in Tolland, CT along with her husband Todd, an Associate Broker and Realtor®. Together they manage the Rolland Realty Group powered by eXp Realty of CT, LLC. You can connect with them at or (866) 408-8059. “The statements and opinions contained in this article are solely those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of EXP REALTY INTERNATIONAL, INC or its subsidiaries or affiliates (the “Company”). The Company does not assume any responsibility for, nor does it warrant the accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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