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10 Things To Know Before Buying A New Mattress

1. How Do I Know When It Is Time For A New Mattress?

Purchasing a mattress is an important decision. One-third of your life is spent sleeping on a mattress, and during that time your body rejuvenates itself. Your mattress affects your quality of sleep and, in turn, how you feel during the day. It is time for a new mattress if you wake feeling tired and achy, or if your mattress is more than 10 years old.

2. How Do I Decide On A Budget For My Mattress Purchase?

$500 or $5000? Mattress prices can vary greatly. You will be sleeping on your new mattress every night for the next 10 or more years, so we recommend purchasing the highest-quality mattress you can afford. We recommend mattresses made with organic latex. Latex can be more expensive than conventional innerspring mattresses or memory foam mattresses, because they are made of pure latex rubber— simply the best alternative to polyurethane foams. The good news is latex lasts longer than foam, so it may be more cost-effective in the long run. At My Green Mattress, we sell mattresses made with organic latex at factory-direct prices. That means no middleman, and no high-priced markups.

3. What Styles Of Mattresses Are Available Today?

Latex, memory foam, air, or innerspring? There are many types of mattresses available on the market today. The type of mattress that is best for you is a matter of personal preference. Many furniture and mattress stores offer a variety of mattress types that can range in price from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars. It is best to determine your budget, and then weigh the pros and cons of each mattress type. Finally, decide on the mattress that fits your budget and is most comfortable to you.

4. What Size Bed Should I Buy? Queen Or King?

The size of your mattress is usually determined by the number of people sleeping in the bed and by the size of the bedroom. If two or more people (including children and pets) will be sharing the bed, we recommend buying the largest mattress that your room will accommodate. See the guide to mattress dimensions below. At My Green Mattress, we can make custom size mattresses to fit boats, RVs, trailers, bunkbeds antique beds and more. Please call us at (708) 246-2224 for custom pricing.

Mattress Dimensions

Sizes may vary +/- * (see Product Warranties)

38″ X 74″
Twin 38″ X 74″
Twin X-long 38″ X 79″
Full 53″ X 74″
Full X-long 53″ X 79″
Queen 59″ X 79″
King 75″ X 79″
California King 71″ X 83″
Crib Mattress 27.25″ X 52″

5. What Level Of Firmness Is Best For Me?

Plush or firm? The answer to this question is personal. For years, doctors and chiropractors recommended a firm mattress. But, when you think about it, your body contours are not flat no matter what position you sleep in. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, mattresses that are too firm can leave unsupported gaps between your body and the mattress. Firm mattresses can also put pressure on your shoulders and hips, and can cause problems with circulation. On the other hand, mattresses that are too soft allow your hips to sink. Your hips are the heaviest part of your body and they need proper support to keep your spine properly aligned; otherwise you wake up feeling pain and stiffness. The best mattresses are comfortable for your whole body and keep your spine in alignment. At My Green Mattress, we offer a variety of mattresses that are perfectly conforming for most body types and that are built with layers of pressure relieving latex. Some mattresses have a supportive, 5- zoned pocketed innerspring with added lumbar support.

6. Why Would I Choose A Latex Mattress Over A Memory Foam Mattress?

The natural latex rubber used in latex mattresses is derived from the sap of the rubber tree, while memory foam is a chemically produced synthetic petroleum product. Natural latex is safer for people with chemical sensitivities, is more durable, and normally outlasts memory foam. Most people find natural latex more comfortable as memory foam does not circulate heat effectively and has a sinking feeling. Latex is breathable, resilient and conforming for the best night’s sleep possible. At My Green Mattress, we find that latex is the perfect choice for most people including those that suffer from allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic pain, back problems, and restless sleep. *If you have a latex allergy, please consult your doctor before sleeping on a mattress that contains latex. You can order a sample of our products for allergy testing by emailing bedhead@mygreenmattress.com.

Consider all the benefits of sleeping on a latex mattress:

  • 100% Natural – Latex is free from chemicals, which reduces your exposure to chemicals and man-made synthetics found in conventional mattresses.
  • Hypoallergenic – Latex has anti-microbial properties that make it resistant to dust mites, mold and mildew, which helps reduce allergens and allows you to breathe easier during sleep.
  • Pressure Relieving – Latex is supportive and alleviates pressure points that can cause stiffness, pain, tossing and turning.
  • Eco-friendly – Latex is derived from the rubber tree, a renewable resource. This means your new mattress is eco-friendly and biodegradable.
  • Comfortable – Latex is breathable, eliminates motion transfer, and instantly conforms to your body.
  • Durable – Natural latex is resilient and does not break down the way foam can; therefore, your investment will afford many nights of restful sleep.

7. Should I Flip My New Mattress?

Most mattresses, including those sold at My Green Mattress, are only upholstered on one side. Therefore, you do not need to flip your mattress. We do recommend rotating your mattress, head to foot, once per month for the first three months. After that, rotate it once per season (every 3 to 4 months).

8. Should I Invest In A New Foundation? What About A Box Spring?

Foundations or wooden platform beds have replaced box springs for the most part in the mattress industry. Unlike a box spring, which is an actual springed support system, a foundation is a solid base that looks like a box spring but performs more like a rigid platform bed. Foundations are used with a traditional bed frame. Mattresses made today will be properly supported when placed on a foundation or on a wooden platform bed. Before investing in a new foundation, we recommend checking your old foundation or box spring for signs of wear. To do so, spread your hands like you are going to leave an imprint in cement – like a Hollywood star. Press firmly on your foundation, and work your way down the foundation from head to foot. If you notice that the foundation feels softer or weaker in the hip area, it is time to replace it. If your foundation is 10 years old or older, it is most likely time to replace it.

9. Are Any Styles Of Mattress Best For Alleviating Allergies?

We highly recommend latex mattresses for those who suffer from common allergies. Latex has anti-microbial properties that make it resistant to many common allergens like dust mites, mold, and mildew. This relieves allergies and helps you breathe easier during sleep. *If you have a latex allergy, please consult your doctor before sleeping on a mattress that contains latex. You can order a sample of our products for allergy testing by emailing bedhead@mygreenmattress.com.

10. Where Can I Buy An Environmentally Friendly Mattress?

Green mattresses are a smart choice for your family and for our environment. Green mattresses are usually made from all natural materials including: latex rubber, natural wool and organic cotton. Natural latex is tapped from the rubber tree, a renewable resource. Green mattresses are biodegradable and chemical free. Not only are these mattresses good for your health, they are also beneficial to the Earth and the future generations that will inherit it. If you are in search of a “green mattress,” look no further than our eco-friendly, affordable mattresses available at MyGreenMattress.com.

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