Tips for Seniors Buying a New Mattress
A mattress is one of the biggest and most important investments that you can make and this is particularly true for seniors. We spend about 1/3 of our lives on our mattress—and the right mattress is one of the biggest indicators of your ability to get a quality night of sleep. Simply put, the better the mattress, the better the sleep.
However, the average senior does not get enough sleep, and most seniors don’t get the recommended 8-9 hours of sleep per night that they need to stay their healthiest. This is why seniors who haven’t replaced their mattress lately should consider investing in a new one—it may make all of the difference in their quality of sleep.
However, when it comes to buying a mattress, every senior is different and everyone has their own unique preferences when it comes to their mattress. Here are a few tips that will help seniors find a mattress that meets their specific needs so they can get the quality night of rest they are looking for.
For Seniors Who Prefer a Firm Mattress…
Memory foam mattresses are great for seniors who want to sleep on a firm base. They are great for this because the foam offers density, and not so much spring—and will help make sure seniors don’t sink into their mattress. They can do this without being too hard that it makes it impossible to sleep. Not sinking into the mattress also makes it easier for seniors to get in and out of their bed without issues.
For Seniors Who Want a Little Bounce…
Even in the world of foam mattresses, many people still like having a little bounce when they sleep. For seniors like this, there are innerspring mattresses. These mattresses are made of interconnected, extra-durable pocketed coils. Each are covered with fabric and provide that bouncy support, without the bouncing effect that many seniors don’t like.
For Seniors Who Want a Plush Sleeping Experience
Innerspring mattresses with a plush top are great for seniors who want to sleep in a super soft environment. It is important that when looking for a mattress with a plush topper to not be turned off by the thick looking pillow-toppers. They tend to compress over time.
For Seniors Who Like to Change Sleeping Conditions…
Air-filled mattresses are a great option for seniors who like to switch up their sleeping situation. There are plenty of seniors who may want plush one night, firm the next, or a different sleeping environment depending on how they are feeling. Air-filled mattresses like Sleep Number beds are great for this, and also great for seniors who sleep together in their beds but have different sleep styles.
A good night of rest is truly invaluable—especially for seniors. Keep these tips in mind as you start to look for a new mattress, knowing that they can help any senior get the quality rest that they need to stay their healthiest.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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