We know we need eight hours of sleep a night, but actually getting that rest can be difficult. This is National Sleep Awareness Week, a time the National Sleep Foundation uses to remind us all about the importance of sleep. It could be the stress or caffeine keeping you awake-- but it may also be your old, lumpy mattress. Experts say quality mattresses should be replaced every eight to ten years. If it's time for your mattress to retire, consider these money saving tips for buying a new one.
Choose Your Level of Support
It can be very difficult to comparison shop for a mattress. In fact, Consumer Reports doesn't even rate mattresses. But according to bettersleep.org the best way to do it is to find out what level of comfort and support you prefer-- firm, soft, pillow top etc. Then find out how much those mattresses cost at other stores.
Factor Delivery and Removal
When comparison shopping it's important to factor in the cost of delivery of your new mattress and removal of your old one. Some stores may be willing to offer these services for free, but others may not, adding $100 or more to the purchase price.
Try a Mattress Topper
If a new mattress just isn't in your budget right now, consider purchasing a mattress topper instead. Memory foam mattress toppers can cost less than $100 at overstock.com and may add enough comfort and support to your current mattress to help it last a little longer.
Ask for Freebies
If you can't negotiate a price break, try to at least get some freebies. In addition to negotiating free delivery or removal, you may also get a free box spring, frame or even pillows.
Don't Fall for Hype
Sleep is coveted by so many of us that we'll buy into a mattress' promises-- no matter what the cost. But the fact is, much of it is just marketing hype. You may be paying more for no reason. So while it's probably not a good idea to buy the cheapest mattress in the store, buying the most expensive one won't ensure your dreams are any sweeter.
By Alison Storm
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