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How Much Should a Mattress Cost?

by Kim Good, Sealy Mattress Co. | March 28, 2020

We can all agree that getting a good night's sleep is important to your health. But if you're in the market for a new mattress, what should you expect in terms of cost? The short answer is...it depends. Check this handy guide from Kim at Sealy Mattress to find out more!


It depends. Are you looking to swap out one “white rectangle” for another “newer white rectangle” or are you looking for quality sleep?

If you’re looking for quality sleep, you must take some time to assess your current situation. Diet, exercise, and sleep are the essentials for a healthy lifestyle. Most of us understand diet. Think about how many people are doing low carb, no carb, keto or meal prepping. We even get excited to share our latest exercise experiences at the gym; hot yoga; cross fit or just getting in our 10k steps daily. But when it comes to sleep, it’s like we are in denial. It seems as if some of us view sleep as a weakness. According to the CDC, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep for our bodies recover. Yet how many times have you heard, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “I only need 4 hours of sleep.”

The fact is that only 3% of the population are short sleepers (sleep less than 6 hours and highly functioning) which means 97% of us need sleep! Sleep is a basic necessity. Without it, we die. Quality sleep positively impacts health, mood, productivity, emotions, alertness, etc...so why can’t we just embrace it?

What you sleep on does matter. However, each of us has different health needs as well as wants/desires when it comes to comfort levels, technology, and functionality. (Just like we have different opinions on the type of car and “bells and whistles” we want.) So knowing what you should spend on a mattress starts with understanding you.

Before you visit to “test rest” a new mattress answer the following questions.

1. How many hours sleep do you get each night?

2. How do you feel when you wake up?

3. What is your bedtime routine?

4. Do you experience any of the following:
• Tossing & Turning
• Sleeping Hot - (fan on year-round or window open, feet sticking out of blankets to cool down, turning pillow to get cold side, etc.)
• Partner Disturbance
• Snoring
• Acid reflux
• Pain in your back, shoulder, or legs
• Difficulty getting in/out bed

5. How important is it to resolve some or all of these issues?

6. Do you read or watch TV in bed?

7. Do you prefer the feeling of a “hug” in bed or a more “buoyant/on top” feel? Do you like softer or firmer?

8. What do you like about your current mattress?

9. What do you hate about your current mattress

10. What are you expecting from a new mattress purchase?

Once you have a better understanding of your needs; wants and desires we can help you navigate the process of shopping for the mattress technology and sleep system that is right for your back and your budget.

You spend 1/3 of your life in bed sleeping; recovering and healing your body and mind. In 2020 that means you will spend 122 days in bed. In the same year, assuming an average commute time of 2 hours daily, you will spend a total of 21 days in your car. Clearly you spend a lot more time on your mattress.

How much did you spend on the car?

How much should you invest in your sleep and health?