Ever stay in a luxury hotel and sink into a dream bed for the best slumber of your life? Wish you could take that part of your vacation back home? You’re not alone: About 70 percent of people in an industry survey said they believe a new mattress would help them sleep better.
But while those big, comfy beds in a resort hotel may be a part of a great night’s sleep, there are many things go into making the perfect sleeping environment. So how can you bring your vacation sleep home?
“Many hotels focus on good sleeping conditions that are not present in our home. Very opaque shades and complete control over the temperature are two examples of things that hotels do very well to improve the sleep experience,” said Kenny Kline, sleep expert and founder of Slumber Sage, an online resource for mattress buying and getting the best night’s sleep.
If you’ve had your mattress longer than eight years, it’s probably time to bite the bullet. But remember: There’s no one-size-fits-all with mattresses. High-end memory foam may be great for back sleepers but they tend to hold in heat, making them uncomfortable for others. Adjustable beds may work for couples with different firmness needs, but not everyone needs to shell out for that option.
Kline said many of the mattresses in luxe hotels are a coil/foam hybrid, providing great support and great comfort. “The true measure of a mattress is how well it supports the sleeper years into its lifetime,” he said.
A few tips for snagging a luxury mattress:
- Read reviews from folks who’ve had their mattress a few years to see if they still love it.
- Go for a Euro pillow top for extra cushion.
- Compare construction—number of coils, whether there’s memory foam, or whether it’s a combo.
- Firm is best for neck and back support.
- Buying online may be cheaper than in-store, and always buy on sale.