1.Side sleepers need a softer mattress that conforms to the curves of their shoulders, hips and feels soft underneath the rib cage
2.Back sleepers need the greater support of a firmer mattress to allow their spine to keep its natural curve.
3.Stomach sleepers usually prefer medium to slightly firm mattresses with only a thin pillow top layer
4.Sleepers with sensitivity to pressure points need a softer mattress. Yet, if you are a side sleeper with joint problems you will need the right combination of softness and firmness.
5.If you sleep with a restless partner, you will need a mattress with perfect motion separation.
6.If you get overheated at night, your best choice is a gel, spring, or hybrid mattress that doesn’t produce additional heat.
7. Don’t delegate your mattress shopping to someone else. If two of you will be sharing the mattress, both of you should test the options in stores.
8. Mattress shopping during a sale can be frustrating and difficult if you haven’t done your research first. Stores are crowded. Salespeople are busy and distracted. Take your time finding the mattress you like and then pounce on a sale price.
9. Mattresses with pillow-top layers can give you a false comfort reading because they can flatten quickly after purchase, Good Housekeeping says. Another downside: Pillow-tops are thicker, requiring the purchase of new “high-profile” or “deep-pocket” sheets.
10. Focus your money on a good mattress and don’t feel obliged to buy an expensive box spring. Ask if the less-expensive box springs can be substituted for the one shown with the mattress you like