With today’s sophisticated mattress engineering, you can adjust contours individually, control the “climate” and even boost your circulation by converting body heat into absorbable infrared light. You can shop in a traditional department or mattress specialty store or buy online, with some delivered as a compact “bed in a box.” That means there is literally something for every “body” — it’s just a matter of finding that right match.

Peace of Mind

There’s also a way for consumers to have the comfort and confidence of knowing the foam inside their mattress is certified — whether it’s conventional foam in an innerspring mattress, viscoelastic or memory foam or one of an increasing number of new-age foams that contains gel or other special products.

Administered by a not-for-profit organization, the CertiPUR-US program certifies foams that meet rigorous standards for content, emissions and durability and are made without ozone depleters; mercury, lead, and other heavy metals; formaldehyde; phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; and PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants; and are low-Volatile Organic Compound emissions for indoor air quality.

“The mechanics and comfort levels of innersprings and foams vary widely, so it’s smart to 'test-drive' as many as possible before choosing.”

Mattress checklist

Though the choices can be daunting, shopping for a good night’s sleep is important. Experts say good sleep can translate into a better mood, happier relationships, increased productivity and long-term health. Take the time to compare various mattress firmness levels and styles within your budget. Is your body supported at all pressure points? The mechanics and comfort levels of innersprings and foams vary widely, so it’s smart to “test-drive” as many as possible before choosing.

If you opt for the convenience of buying online, carefully check return and shipping policies, and be certain there’s customer support should a problem arise. If you are sharing a bed, consider at least a queen-size to provide full freedom of motion and to accommodate the full-body turns of both sleepers. When your new mattress is delivered, it’s a good idea to remove the plastic packaging and let the mattress air out for a few days in a well-ventilated area.