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Buying Q&A: What to Look for In a Mattress?

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The Nest Q&A

What do I look for when buying a mattress?

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Look for a mattress that provides uniform support from head to toe with innersprings and a thin pillow top for comfort. If there are gaps between your body and the mattress (such as at the waist), you’re not getting the full support you need. And believers in firm-as-the-floor support should know, yes, mattresses can be too firm. The American Chiropractic Association recommends lying down on the mattress for at least 10 minutes in the store (despite the stares from fellow shoppers) so your body can adjust to it; also make sure there’s plenty of room for both of you. Mattresses should be replaced every five to eight years according to the ACA; if you’re tossing and turning, that’s a sign you may be ready for a new one.

Nestpert Angela Kargus of the American Chriopractic Association

-- Amy Spencer

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