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How to Test for Mattress Support and Comfort

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Test mattress support and comfort when you shop for your new bed in-store.

When shopping for a new mattress, the two significant factors you must test to determine your ideal mattress is support and comfort. If you find a mattress that keeps your spine in alignment without causing any extra pressure to your body, you have found a good mattress. But how do you determine excellent mattress support and comfort? Read below to learn how you can test for both factors when shopping for your mattress. 

How to Test for Mattress Support

You will want your mattress to push up on your body to counteract your body weight. No matter your preferred sleeping position, your body has curves, and your mattress must support those curves and arches of your body. You can tell whether the new bed has adequate mattress support by whether it will hug your curves and keep your spine straight. If a mattress is too hard or too soft, hips and shoulders will sink or be pushed up to uncomfortable levels. 

When you shop for a mattress, lay in your usual position, and notice whether your hips and shoulders are sinking or rising too much. 

How to Test for Mattress Comfort

If a mattress is too hard, it can cause pressure to your body, which can cut off circulation and pinch nerves, as well as lead to frequent changes in position. When testing out the mattress, you should be able to lie in one position without moving around for at least a few minutes. If you can do this, you may have found a suitable mattress. 

Minor Factors

To help fine-tune your selection, there are three minor factors you should consider as well. 

Motion & Separation

If you want to share your bed, you will want to minimize motion transfer. To test this factor, try the mattress in the store with your partner and have the other person switch positions while your back is turned to see how much motion you can feel. 


Most good mattresses on the market today have excellent features that help to mitigate heat retention, such as advanced foams, phase change materials, ventilation, and more. The biggest risk is selecting a cheap memory foam mattress that will retain too much heat. If you are worried about mattress temperature, consider your options carefully, and look into what features your mattress has. 

Edge Support

You will want strong edge support on your bed, especially if you sleep near the edge or sit on the side of the bed often. Look for box spring mattresses that have foam encasement rather than a cheap steel rod. Memory foam mattresses won’t have this issue as they are designed to take the shape of your body even when you’re sitting on it. 

Sleep Well With A Mattress From All American Mattress

At All American Mattress, we have the expertise and great prices to help you choose the perfect pillows and foam mattress for your bedroom. We have mattresses and bed frames available made from a variety of materials to suit your needs, whatever they are. Stop by our showroom, visit us online, or give us a call at (410) 451-9006 to see how we can get your toddler sleeping through the night. We offer brand names at affordable prices, and we will always work hard to keep your whole family comfortable. For more mattress shopping tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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