Buying a mattress is a big decision and one of the largest purchases you'll make for your home. We spend around a third of our lives in bed, so making sure we have the best mattress possible is of huge importance. While most physical stores allow you to lie on a mattress before you buy it - that short space of time isn't really enough to know whether that mattress is right for you. Sure, it might seem comfortable when you lie on it for 5 minutes while talking to the salesman, but what happens when, after two weeks of night after night on the mattress, you find it a little too firm or find that it doesn't offer you enough support? That's where a mattress trial comes in.
Really get to know the mattress
With a mattress trial like our 100-night trial, you have plenty of time to really get to know your new mattress and make sure it's the best mattress for you. You'll be able to spend 100 nights on your new Sonno mattress, getting to know exactly how it feels and how it supports you. This gives you a far better idea of whether you like the mattress than a quick 5 minutes in a store would.
A true representation
If you've been shopping all day you'll be tired and your body will be aching. That means any mattress is going to feel great. This makes it hard to get a true representation of how the mattress really feels. With our 100-night mattress trial, you can get a sense of how the bed feels when you're at different levels of tiredness. That way you'll really know whether or not it's the best mattress for you.
Make sure the mattress drop in quality in a short space of time
The last thing you want is to pay a large sum for a new mattress, only for it to sag within a couple of months. With a longer period mattress trial, you can be sure that the quality you fell in love with is the quality that lasts. Most mattresses should last 8-10 years, so a trial gives you some idea of how well the quality of your mattress will last.
Why is a mattress trial so important?
A lack of sleep or poor quality sleep can contribute to depression, poor concentration, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In addition, low-quality mattresses can be uncomfortable and lead to pain, discomfort and therefore a worse sleep quality.
The best mattress for you needs to be comfortable whilst still being firm enough to provide good postural support.
Generally, your mattress should be around 15cm longer than the tallest person using the bed. This may be problematic for some couples who vary significantly in size and weight - although latex mattresses are designed to balance weight distribution and so may be better for such couples.
What should you be considering during your mattress trial?
1. Sleep position
Your sleeping position is a huge part of deciding which is the best mattress for you. A firmer mattress is usually best for people who sleep largely on their back or stomach, while softer, plush mattresses work best at soothing pressure points throughout your body. Think about whether your mattress works for you and the position you usually sleep in.
If you sleep mostly on your back or stomach, firm mattress tops are best suited.
For helping sooth pressure points throughout your body as you sleep, plush layers work best.
2. Is the mattress supporting you?
During your trial period make sure you think about whether the mattress is providing you with enough support. If it doesn't it won't reinforce your sleeping posture correctly and this could leave you feeling sore and uncomfortable.
A good mattress will support your whole body and keep your spine in a neutral position – no matter what sleeping position you adopt. Pay attention to your pressure points during your trial - these will be the heaviest parts of your body - and should be well supported by your mattress in order to gain maximum comfort.
Although all mattresses will eventually decline in their support over time, they should still be good for 8 to 10 years.
3. Honour your personal preferences
When it comes to mattresses there's no 'one-size-fits-all' option. In short - the mattress that feels most comfortable and leaves you with the least amount of pain in the morning is the best mattress for you. During your 100-night trial make sure you take the time to really assess how comfortable you are - at the end of the day, you'll know whether you feel comfortable or not.
Purchasing a mattress is all out what's best for you - which is why a trial is so great. You really have the time to think about whether you're making the right purchase and whether it's going to keep you comfortable for many nights to come.
Remember - even if you love your new mattress at first try, you might not sleep on it any better once it's in your home as it can take a few weeks to adjust to a new sleeping surface. If you find you're still not comfortable a few weeks into your trial then it's probably not the mattress for you.
To find out more about our Sonno mattress and arrange your 100-night trial, visit sleepsonno.com.