There are few household staples you have as intimate a relationship with as your mattress. Yet you often don’t realize you need a new one until your back pain becomes chronic. Or one day, you catch an awesome night’s sleep in a hotel or someone’s guest room.
After getting that wake-up call, consumers who haven’t been in a bedding department in a while find lots of choices. Besides innerspring, there are memory foam, latex and adjustable air beds. One way to prevent wear and tear is to not use your bed as an office (for texting and tweeting) or as a noshing station. The International Sleep Products Association recommends replacing a mattress every seven years. As spokeswoman Karin Mahoney says, “The bed should be your oasis.”