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A new mattress is a sure-fire way to get a great night’s sleep. Ensure you get the right mattress, and you’ll have restful nights for years to come.


Sleep is vital to your health and well-being. Your body needs a good night's sleep in order to re-energize and prepare for the day ahead. Poor sleep can have negative effects on memory, cognitive skills, digestion and many other aspects of your life. The wrong mattress - one that is worn out or poorly suited to your needs - can cause you to toss and turn, and lose valuable sleep. The right mattress - one that is well-suited to your needs for comfort, support and space - can help you sleep better.

Mattress Basics

How to Tell if You Need a New Mattress

Sometimes it’s obvious that your old mattress has seen better days; sagging, creaking, worn ticking and protruding coils are signs that it’s time for a new one. But sometimes it isn't quite so obvious. How do you know if your mattress is robbing you of sleep? Try answering these simple questions:

  1. Do you wake up with pain or stiffness?
  2. Are you not sleeping as well now as you were a year ago?
  3. Have you had your best night's sleep somewhere other than your own bed?
  4. Do you feel pain or tingling in your arms when you sleep?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, a new mattress may help you sleep better. The sections of the Sears Mattresses Buying Guide will help you make your decision an easier one.

Sleep Sets 101

Here are some basics to help you make an informed decision.

  • Proper support is critical. The right mattress should provide adequate support for all areas of your body, particularly your spine.
  • Hardness doesn't necessarily equal support. A mattress doesn't have to be hard to be good for you. New advances in cushioning materials give today's mattresses a plush feel while still being supportive.
  • Thicker is often better. Today's top-quality mattresses are a great deal thicker than the ones available even five years ago. Thicker mattresses often mean greater comfort.
  • Size is important. Make sure you have enough room to stretch out. Whether the mattress is a twin or a king size, you'll want to avoid feeling cramped.
  • Cover yourself. Make sure your mattress is covered by a good warranty. But remember that warranties only cover flaws in construction and product defects, not normal wear and tear over time.
  • Match your mattress and foundation. Your mattress and foundation are engineered to work together. The proper foundation can help extend the life of your mattress.
  • A good foundation is the base of it all. A quality box spring is a good investment. The box spring acts as a shock absorber, helping relieve the mattress of stresses and last longer.
  • Bargain sleep sets are no bargain if they result in a poor night's sleep. So, don't just shop for the lowest price.
  • Bend-ability: Take into consideration stair ways and corners. Some mattresses have a foam perimeter allowing you to manoeuvre the mattress around corners and upstairs. Also queen foundations are available in one piece or as split.