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How much money should I spend on a mattress?

A good-quality mattress is a smart investment that gives you tremendous return. When you are well rested, your mind functions better, your memory is sharper, and you can be sure you won't fall asleep on the job, in class, or while driving. For less than the dollar you spend each day on your cup of coffee (or $4.00 at Starbucks), you can get a quality mattress that will last you for years to come and provide you with the sleep you need to be your best. Invest in the finest quality mattress that you can afford. Less expensive mattresses may seem like a bargain, but they may not provide the comfort, support and durability necessary for a great night's sleep.

What size bed should I buy?

The size of your mattress is usually determined by the number of people sleeping on the bed and the size of the bedroom. If two people will be sharing the bed, I recommend buying the largest mattress that your room will accommodate. Keep in mind that you typically spend four months a year in bed. So make it big, make it comfortable and get a great night's sleep.

What level of firmness is best for me?

The answer to this question is personal. For years doctors, orthopedic surgeons, and chiropractors recommended a firm mattress. The trend over the past few years has been toward a more comfortable sleeping surface, with pressure point relief and a firm supportive core. Finding a mattress that provides the proper pressure-relieving comfort is key to a great night's sleep. The less pressure points on your body, the less tossing and turning you'll do and the longer you will stay in stage 5 sleep or REM sleep, which provides maximum rest and rejuvenation. My team of sleep consultants, led by yours truly, can help you find the mattress that's perfect for your particular needs.

What is "foam density" and how is it measured?

Density in foam is a measurement of how much substance, or material, is put into each cubic foot of foam. The higher the density, the heavier or denser the foam. Here's an example: 5.0lbs density tells you the cubic foot of that particular foam weighs 5 pounds. The denser the material, the less air cells in the foam. Note: "density" of foam is not the only measurement in determining the quality or the firmness of the foam. Chemical compositions and manufacturing processes are equally as important.

How is the firmness of foam measured and achieved?

The firmness of foam is achieved by using diverse recipes of ingredients that produce the foam. Firmness of foam is also determined by different manufacturing procedures. The firmness or Initial Load Deflection, (ILD), is measured by using a cubic foot of foam and compressing it with a flat disk. In doing so, the pressure is measured resulting in the ILD determination. The ILD is a rating of how easily the foam will shape to your body and how much support it is capable of giving. Example: a low ILD rating of 23 will provide a soft cushioning and "enveloping" feel. An ILD rating of 38 is used to provide a supportive and very firm feel, often used in the core of the mattress.

Should I invest in a new foundation? Hey, Whatever happened to box springs?

Foundations have replaced box springs, for the most part, in the mattress industry. Unlike a box spring, which actually has a spring supported system, a foundation is a solid base similar to a platform. Foundations also may incorporate steel modules and are used on traditional bed frames. Highly advanced mattresses support your body best when placed on a matching foundation.

Why does my new mattress have a strange odor?

The odor is a combination of the smells of the new materials used in making the mattress. The mattress is sealed in plastic immediately after production. This odor will not cause any harm and should go away within a couple of weeks. This is similar to the smell of a new car.

Tell me about your memory foam?

Our memory foam is an advanced Visco called Cool-Contour. Unlike leading memory foams on the market today, Cool-Contour conforms instantly to your body for better support and pressure relief. Cool-Contour boasts an open cell structure that allows air to circulate around your body, naturally regulating your body temperature for a more comfortable night's sleep. It is produced with odor free Castor oil and recycled foam polymers. It is one of the most advanced, cutting-edge memory foams on the market today.

What's the story with Latex?

Our latex is made with a blend of natural latex milk from the Hevea Brasilliensis tree; it is blended with synthetic latex for added durability. It is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, antifungal and dust mite resistant. Natural talalay latex immediately conforms to the body, properly aligns the spine and provides up to 33% more pressure relief than that of memory foam. The result is less tossing and turning and a more restful night's sleep.

So, Tom... what mattress should I buy?

The best mattress for you is the one that keeps you comfortable, well supported and gives you a great night's sleep. At Connecticut Mattress, I've done the research and created exactly the right mattress assortment for all of our customer's needs. After 35 years of experience in the mattress industry, and personally satisfying tens of thousands of customers in my retail stores, I can recommend the mattress that's right for you. I'll deliver value for your dollar that nobody else can.


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