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How to Buy a Memory Foam Mattress [& 5 Reasons Why You Should!]


Ready to upgrade your traditional mattress? Here are tips on how to buy a memory foam mattress and 5 reasons you SHOULD upgrade today!

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

I knew I wanted a new mattress but I had no idea where to start. How did I know I needed a new mattress? Well, when you wake up in the morning and you hurt all over and your back won’t even straighten when you try to walk away from the bed… it’s a big sign. I’m just 34 years old and I’m NOT ready to feel like that every single morning.

So I knew I needed a new mattress, but that was as far as I had gotten into my decision. A quick search of Google let me know that memory foam mattresses were very highly recommended so I went straight to the top reviewed companies which is where I found Yogabed. I knew I couldn’t go smaller than our traditional king size spring mattress so when Yogabed agreed to send a king size mattress for review I was extremely excited and ready to see if I could sleep comfortably once again!

Our Yogabed arrived in just about a week. The FedEx driver put the box in our garage but I had to wait until my husband came home to get it upstairs. The king size mattress box is very heavy so be sure to have some help. I wanted to do the unboxing myself, but I definitely advise you to get some help as you’ll see in the unboxing video below I could have used some myself! All in all, though, unboxing our Yogabed wasn’t that hard and was totally worth it in the end.

During my research I read two things to expect after unboxing a memory foam mattress. One was that there could be some odor with the mattress and the second was the fact that you shouldn’t sleep on the mattress for 48 hours so it can full expand and decompress. This is NOT TRUE with Yogabed and was a huge plus for me. There was no way I wanted to wait two full days before I slept on our new mattress!

The Yogabed is made up of 4 layers: 1″ Yoga Instant Response Foam™, 2″ YogaGel™ Cooling Memory Foam, 5″ Breathable High Density Foam Base, and a 2″ Super Support Foam Base making it a 10 inch memory foam mattress. I took this picture within 10 minutes of fully removing all the plastic. Within 10 minutes it was already within 1/2 inch of the full height!

As far as smell, I did notice a bit but it was definitely not overwhelming. I set up the mattress in the morning and with my Venta Airwasher running all day in my bedroom, the smell was gone by the time we were ready to go to sleep.

I know you want to know why I think you’ll not only want to upgrade your traditional spring mattress, but why you need to upgrade your mattress to a Yogabed memory foam mattress. Here are 5 reasons why!

If you experience Costochondritis or other health issues related to laying or sleeping.

I started experiencing chest pain and back/shoulder pain about 2 years ago. I immediately ruled out heart related issues with my doctor but could not find the root of the problem. Thankfully after lots of tests and exams she diagnosed me with Costochondritis. I learned that sleeping positions and mattress support definitely affected my health during this whole period and vowed to make lifestyle changes to help deal with the issue.

I’m SO happy to report that I have been waking up with no pain at all – in my shoulder, back or chest. Now, I’m not saying a mattress can cure health issues, but the support that the Yogabed provides is so much better than our traditional spring mattress provided.

If you want better sleep.

And really, who doesn’t? Did you know that you’ll spend about 26 years of your life sleeping?!? You really want that time to be comfortable to make the other 2/3 of your life better. The Yogabed is made up of cooling memory foam and instant response foam that completely conforms to your body and provides the support just where you need it. When you find the right mattress for you, you will sleep better. I know because I am now!

If you have a squeaking bed.

Oh my goodness the amount of creaks and squeaks we have in our house is unreal. We live in a 1920’s Queen Anne home with original hardwood floors that make it absolutely impossible to tiptoe anywhere. While those squeaks are annoying, there’s no squeak that annoys me more than a spring mattress and box springs. I love the quietness of the Yogabed. There’s no squeaking at all which leads me to…

If you’re constantly waking up your partner.

Between the squeaking and movement of the mattress every time we rolled over, one of us was constantly waking up the other. Any time my husband tossed, I would toss. And we tossed a lot because our spring mattress was uncomfortable. Now I don’t feel him move in the bed at all!

If you need new pillows.

I didn’t think we needed new pillows, but now that I have experienced the Yogabed memory foam pillows, I’ll never use any others. They are incredibly supportive and work great for me as I sleep on both my my back and side. Each full size Yogabed or larger comes with 2 FREE memory foam pillows worth $190 for the pair!

While I didn’t know much about how to buy a memory foam mattress in the beginning, I learned a lot through the process and I want to share some of those tips with you!

How to Buy a Memory Foam Mattress

The first step in buying a memory foam mattress is to decide if you’ll buy in store or online.

I tend to find the best deals online. I find that brands and mattresses are easier to research and I can find reviews from consumers just like me. Plus, in a store laying on a bed for maybe 2 minutes doesn’t really tell you much, does it?!

I also love the fact that when you buy online, your mattress is delivered. This can be a huge pro depending on what type of car you have as our king size Yogabed box would have been too large to fit into a small trunk. Plus they offer free shipping to your door on that huge box too!

Know your size and what height you want your bed to be.

You’ll definitely want to know what size of mattress you prefer. After sleeping on a king size mattress for 8 years, I knew I didn’t want to go back down to a queen. It was also important to look at the height of a mattress compared to the platform bed you choose. While you can use a memory foam mattress on traditional box springs, we decided to upgrade to a wood platform.

Wood Platform Bed for Memory Foam Mattress

I purchased this platform bed frame from Amazon for two reasons – the reviews were great and the height was just what we wanted to compliment our 10 inch Yogabed memory foam mattress.

You’ll also want to know what firmness you prefer in a mattress.

Memory foam is a material that compresses in reaction to pressure and distributes that weight across its surface. The key benefits of memory foam include pressure relief, support for natural alignment, and very importantly… durability. While Yogabed and most companies don’t offer different types of firmness within their brand, some beds are known to be more firm than others. Be sure to do your research.

Know the differences in companies and mattresses.

You’ll also want to research other things about brands, whether it’s online or in store and know what differences there are between companies. A couple of things to keep in mind about Yogabed is their memory foam mattress are made in the USA.

Another significant difference with Yogabed is their removable, machine-washable mattress cover. While I haven’t had to take mine off yet, it does look very simple to remove with the easy-glide zipper.

One last thing to consider when buying a memory foam mattress is a company’s warranties and trial periods.

Yogabed offers a 10 year warranty on their memory foam mattresses and an amazing 365 day trial period.

We’ve been sleeping on our Yogabed king size memory foam mattress for just about 3 weeks now and my only regret is that I didn’t get one sooner! Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing another post on our experience with Yogabed in the next few months to see how it’s holding up and if we’re still as happy with it as we are within the first month!

Yogabed memory foam mattresses are available on their website right now as well as on Amazon.com. The King size mattress retails for $974. Be sure to follow Yogabed on Facebook and instagram to be in the know about all sales and discounts.

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