How to Choose the Right Mattress As You Age

Matthew Ross

A full night’s sleep might be few and far between if you don’t own a quality mattress, and this is especially true if you’re an older adult who already struggles with sleeping throughout the night without disruptions. In fact, insomnia is one of the most common issues older folks consult their doctor about and is a major contributor to one’s mental and physical health. That’s why it’s important as ever for us to make sure we’re investing in our sleep as we age. Here are a few tips to help you in your quest to find the best mattress for you.

Tip 1: Stay Within Budget

Often times, money is a major factor when seniors are shopping for a new mattress. Whether it’s due to a fixed income or less hours at work, it’s not as easy to pull together the funds for a nice mattress. With that being said, it becomes increasingly important to invest in your beauty rest as you get older, after changes in your sleep patterns and different health issues wind up taking a toll on the quality of your sleep.

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a full night’s sleep, as there is a large selection of quality beds that go for under $1,000.

Tip 2: Consider A Mail Order Mattress

Shopping for a new bed used to be somewhat grueling, especially if you didn’t have a truck to haul it to your house from the mattress store. Now that online shopping has taken over the consumer market, the mattress industry has wanted a piece of the pie and has introduced mail order mattresses like bed-in-a-box brands and brands who are exclusive to online.

Buying a mattress over the internet certainly has its perks. First and foremost, you don’t have to deal with having to transport it to your home because it’ll be shipped to your front door for free. You can even find brands who offer free white glove delivery, which means they’ll carry your mattress inside and set up your bed for you. This is especially helpful for older individuals who struggle with heavy lifting due to joint pain or other disabilities that make heavy lifting nearly unbearable.

You can also find some great incentives online like a risk-free trial period and warranty policy. Some are more generous than others, but they’re usually better than the standard 30-day return policy and other perks you get when you buy in-store.

Tip 3: Buy A Bed with Coils

Have you ever noticed that you wake up feeling well rested after sleeping in a hotel bed? That’s because a lot of the luxury hotels use mattresses with innerspring units or coils. A standard all-foam bed should last you about 8 years or so, but you can usually get a few more years out of a hybrid mattress. A hybrid mattress is a bed that utilizes two or more types of materials — like a hybrid car which uses both gas and electricity to run. If you’re going to spend good money on a mattress, you don’t want something that’s going to show heavy impression marks after year 5. Beds constructed with foam and an innerspring system tend to be more durable, more supportive, and longer lasting. Accordingly, if you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, you may want to consider buying a hybrid bed.

Tip 4: Take Your Specific Needs into Account

Regardless of age, you should always take your sleeper type into consideration when you’re searching for a new mattress. If you spend most of the night on your side, you’ll want a mattress on the soft side of the spectrum so it can relieve the pressure points along the side of your body. For those of you who sleep on your back or stomach, firmer mattresses are more ideal because they provide support for your spine and keep your back in neutral alignment.

Older adults with specific health conditions should also look for a mattress that caters to their specific needs. This is when we suggest you talk to your primary health care physician, as they can recommend the most accommodating beds that fit your circumstances. For example, those who suffer from back pain or fibromyalgia may want something on the firmer side of the spectrum to keep their back properly supported. If you have tender joints or an injured hip, however, you might benefit from a mattress on the softer side for extra pressure relief.

Whatever the issue is, just make sure you consult your doctor before you make any final decisions on a new mattress.

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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