You're in the market for a mattress. Now what? Do you head out to the nearest store and jump on every mattress they have to offer? Maybe. Sure, feeling each mattress can help you to make your decision. But, that's not all. Understanding what to look for in a mattress may take you from a restless night of tossing and turning to finally getting that good night's sleep.

Keep in mind, price isn't always an indicator of quality. Just because a mattress comes with a hefty price tag doesn't mean that it's better suited to your needs. There may be more cost effective options that also work for you. So if price doesn't always equal the best bed, what does? Check out what you need to look for when choosing the "just right" mattress.

Material Make-Up
What is your mattress made out of? If you have no idea, you might not have the right bed. The materials that your mattress is made from is especially important if you have allergies, skin sensitivities or tend to sweat in your sleep (don’t be ashamed, it happens to plenty of people).

For example, the top (outer portion) of your mattress may add to the heat that you feel at night. Materials such as foam and latex hold heat in and can make you sweat or feel even more uncomfortable that you already do. But, a fiberfill mattress won't hold the heat in the same way.

When allergies are major issues, you'll need a mattress that resists dust mites and mold. Of course, no mattress is 100% resistant. But, materials such as latex and foam can help to keep these issues at bay. Adding allergy-proof bedding on top of the mattress may help, but won't be enough on its own to keep dust mites totally away.

Mattress Firmness
That fancy pillow-top mattress feels like a cloud. It's so soft and you can only imagine how quickly it will nestle you off into dreamland. Oh, wait. You like a firm, supportive mattress. Instead of something soft or springy (with added inner springs), you need a mattress that doesn't give. A dense memory foam mattress provides support in all the right places and may be a better bet if you don't want to feel like you're sinking in. An excessively soft bed may feel cozy and comfy, but sleeping in it can result in morning aches and pains.

Even if you're only interested in something firm, you need to recognize that a rock-solid mattress top isn't always healthy. A mattress should support your body when it's in a neutral position. This means it should support the curve of your spine along with making sure that the rest of your body stays in proper alignment. A mattress that's too firm isn't any better than one that's too soft (maybe Goldilocks was right when she kept trying the bear's beds out). A super-form mattress can put pressure on your spine, neck, head and shoulders, giving you an achy body in the morning.

Personal Preference

Whether you're into a firm feel, a soft pillow-top, an allergy-free environment or anything else, when it comes down to it, the best mattress for you is the one that feels right. Start with the facts and go from there. If you think a firm memory foam makes sense based on your body's needs, try several different models out. Every memory foam mattress won't feel good to you. But, a few different types might. Try as many as you need to in order to make a clear decision.

Are you ready to start shopping? Call the Mattress Warehouse Clearance Outlet at 916-988-4870 for more information on your value bedding options.