How to Buy the Right Mattress for Your Back


Ensuring that you get the best possible night’s sleep

If you find yourself tossing and turning every night and are unable to get comfortable, it may be time for a new mattress. Old, worn-out mattresses that don’t properly support your body can lead to lost sleep and all the effects that come with it, including fatigue, irritability and decreased productivity. When the time comes to shop for a new mattress, these tips can help you choose the best one.

Mattress Types

There are several types of mattresses to choose from:

• Memory foam conforms to the body, decreasing strain on pressure points. This can be part of the mattress or bought separately as a topper.
• Innerspring mattresses support you with individually enclosed coil springs.
• Sleep number beds use air to change the feel and support level of the mattress.

Mattresses are also rated in various degrees of firmness to tell you how hard or soft they are. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to lie down and take your chosen mattress for a “test drive.” Spend a good 15 minutes trying out each mattress so you can truly get a feel for it.

Special Considerations

If you suffer from back pain or are dealing with an injury, you may need a specific level of support from your mattress. Many people with back problems find that sleeping on a firmer surface brings relief. The goal is to place your spine in a neutral alignment, avoiding anything that puts unnecessary pressure on your body. You also want to be careful of choosing a mattress that’s too soft and causes your body to sag or curve unnaturally. When testing out mattresses, make sure to position yourself as you would normally sleep. The type of mattress you decide to purchase may depend on whether you are a side, back or stomach sleeper.

Stick to a Budget

Setting a budget for your mattress purchase may not have much to do with comfort, but it does keep you from spending too much on features you don’t really need. Know your budget before you begin testing mattresses. Start with those at the higher end of your price range and then test cheaper models as you go. Chances are you’ll find something more affordable that meets your needs.

When you’re sure you’ve picked out just the right mattress type for you, head over to Martin Fine Furniture. Our selection of mattresses includes sizes that fit all types of beds as well as comfortable features such as memory foam. You’ll find the same selection at our Indiana location, so you can stop by and try out any mattress you like to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need for a good night’s sleep.