Recently a friend mentioned she was in the process of choosing and purchasing a new mattress. I felt obligated to announce the fact that it was not as easy as she may think.

Although purchasing a mattress is simple enough it’s the choosing that can be complicated. As a new mattress can last upwards of 10 years you want to make sure it’s the perfect mattress for you.

Therefore there are several steps you may wish to consider before making a final commitment to your purchase. What type of mattress is the best choice and if it suits your sleeping needs.

Years ago this was easy as there were limited options available. Now the options are plenty-full and all come with their own pros and cons.

Your sleeping conditions are now considered detrimental to your health. A mattress that is either to firm or to soft can interfere with your sleep and we all know that’s not good for our health.

Choosing the right mattress also depends on how you sleep, are you a side sleeper? A back sleeper or a stomach sleeper? All this should be taken into account before making your final decision.

So for example lets say you’re a side sleeper, this is the most common position to sleep in. A good mattress for side sleepers should conform to your body taking pressure off your hips and shoulders.

The best mattress for side sleepers would be a memory foam or latex. These mattresses allows your spine to rest naturally and may even help eliminate snoring.

On the other hand what if you are part of the 8% that are back sleepers. These sleepers need a mattress with stiff coils and a soft foam topper.

As a soft mattress does not provide the support needed and a firm one can put to much pressure on the back and shoulders. This pressure will create unwanted aches and pains and interrupt your sleep.

That brings us to the stomach sleeper, this position is the least common. They need a mid range mattress to ensure comfort, as well as a restful, healthy sleep.

It is estimated that only 7% of sleepers are stomach sleepers, unfortunately this is considered an unhealthy way to sleep. It does however aid in digestion and is great for reducing sleep apnea.

So if you are in the process of purchasing a new mattress you may want to consider doing a little research into the best mattress for you. As you deserve the best nights sleep you can get.