Plan for change.

It’s going to happen eventually. You’ll have to replace your bed at some point down the road. Buying a new mattress is something you should only have to do every decade or so. That leaves lots of time between decisions for technology to advance and for prices to go down. That’s why we believe you should never get caught in a bind and be forced to buy a mattress hastily. Why not start fantasizing about the bed you really want? Shopping for mattresses is fun. Besides, planning ahead allows you to build a mattress fund a little bit at a time, and you’ll know exactly what you want when the time comes to upgrade.

What’s it all mean?

At the very least, get up to date on the most popular types of mattresses on the market. Right now, hybrids and organic mattresses are the big newsmakers. Both of these variations combine classic comfort with cutting-edge benefits. The other major players are memory foam, latex, pillow-top, and gel memory foam mattresses. You can, of course, always find a tried-and-true innerspring, but you shouldn’t knock the newer options until you’ve tried them in your local mattress showroom. Depending on your personal comfort preferences, you may be able to get better support, temperature regulation, and all-around better sleep for around the same price as what you’re used to.

What do you need?

It’s important to know what you can expect to see on the tags when you go shopping for a new bed. Just as important as what you’re getting, however, is what you need. It might even be safe to say that’s more important, since a high-quality plush bed won’t work at all for someone who needs a firm mattress. Before you start lounging on floor models, jot down some notes to take with you. Check out our guide for how to shop for your perfect mattress. Answer the questions about your sleep preferences. Get a clear idea in your mind of what you can’t do without and what you can compromise in the interest of your spouse’s sleep. Take note of the features found in the mattress you’ve been using. Most importantly, don’t forget to take your notes shopping with you!

Do what you can. Buy some time.

If you do end up needing a new mattress on short notice, give yourself a time cushion so you can study up on your options. Spring for the cheapest, easiest temporary solution you can find. You can sleep at your parents’ house, crash on a friend’s couch, get reacquainted with your college futon, or drag out the air mattress. Whatever you do, don’t just go into the mattress store, lay down on 3 mattresses, and pick the one that feels the best. The mistake of not doing your homework has already been made. Don’t suffer for it for the next 10 to 15 years. It will be worth it to buy yourself some time to track down the mattress that’s genuinely right for you.

In a pinch, there’s nothing better than a sleep guarantee.

Only at A Goodnight Sleepstore (at our 10 locations and on our website) can you get two ironclad guarantees. The first is our sleep guarantee, which allows you to spend 30 risk-free nights on your new mattress with the freedom to return it if it’s not quite right for you. The second is our low price guarantee, which ensures that we won’t be undersold. So stop by A Goodnight Sleepstore and be prepared when it’s really time to kick your old bed to the curb.

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