We spend approximately one in every three hours sleeping. That’s excluding those lovely long afternoon sleeps on Sunday. So, it makes sense that buying a good quality bed that is right for you is an investment in your health and wellness. It’s not an event to be taken lightly.

There are a few questions you need to answer before heading out to the shops, and you should do online research before leaving home because you don’t want to be bamboozled into buying the wrong mattress by a pushy salesperson.

The Mattress Warehouse offers these simple tips that will help you make the right decision and chose the right mattress and bed base:

Think about support

This is what happens deep inside a modern mattress and is the most important feature of a decent quality bed. Don’t worry about how bouncy and inviting a bed looks; worry about whether it will keep your spine in alignment, distribute weight evenly and reduce friction of pressure points to avoid aches and pains, and restless sleep.

Innerspring mattresses give you that extra bounce, and they usually come with a puffy top layer which is the quilted pillow-top. If you love a soft, bouncy bed, then an innerspring mattress will suit you and your budget. They’re less pricey than memory foam and natural latex mattresses. However, a few months or a year down the line; you may start having problems with the bed sagging. You must regularly flip the mattress over or rotate it, which is a bit of a pain.

Memory foam mattresses have much less spring, so you won’t get that bouncy feeling when you sit on it in the bed shop. This is misleading, and you’re about to make your first mistake if you think a bouncy, soft bed is better than one that feels too firm or hard.

Remember memory and natural latex foam are designed to mold to the shape of your body, something that happens with the science of heating and cooling. These modern mattresses don’t sag over time because the foam is designed to spread weight evenly and returns to its original form almost instantly when the foam cools down.

Memory foam and natural latex mattresses outperform innerspring mattresses for support and durability; this is what makes them pricier. However, your choice is also affected by the position you and your partner prefer to sleep in, how heavy you are and whether you are a restless or deep sleeper.

Think about comfort

Modern mattresses are designed for long-lasting comfort. This comes in the form new innovations in foam; where a modern mattress hugs a body shape and distributes the weight more evenly, thus reducing fiction on pressure points. Pillow-tops are an extra layer of foam padding that is fixed to the top of the mattress, providing greater comfort.

Innerspring mattresses are still a good option for comfort as they have come a long way in terms of sleep technology, but they are likely to start sagging sooner than the modern mattresses with memory foam. You need to flip over your mattress regularly and rotate it to keep it from sagging.

Think about sleeping positions

Most people favor one position to sleep in so it’s fairly easy to make a choice based on what support and comfort you need for your sleeping habit. If you like to sleep on your side, you need a bed that reduces friction on pressure points such as your shoulders and hips. You need a mattress designed to absorb these pressure points which helps keep your spine in alignment.

If you like to sleep on your stomach, an innerspring mattress is better for you. Memory foam molds around your body shape which means a stomach sleeper might feel smothered with that sinking feeling.

If you like to sleep on your back, you need a surface that supports your neck and keeps your spine in alignment. You’ll sink into spots on memory foam where you are heaviest and warmest.

If you tend to overheat at night or don’t like feeling too warm when you sleep, you might have a problem with a memory foam mattress unless it’s a gel memory foam. Memory foam and latex mattresses retain body heat, so you might prefer a fiberfill-topped innerspring mattress.

If you toss and turn or your partner is a restless sleeper, you need a mattress with good motion isolation. Consider an innerspring mattress with pocketed coils or memory foam that distributes molds around your body instantly and returns to its original form in seconds.

If you like to read before going to sleep and your partner nods off straight away, think about getting an adjustable bed.

If you or your family suffer from hay fever or asthma, memory foam and natural latex foam are ideal as the thickness and density of the foam mean dust mites can’t build up inside. You only need to be vigilant about vacuuming and cleaning the mattress and bed linen. Innerspring mattresses are more likely to harbor those nasty critters.

If you need a combination of features

If you can’t settle on what features are more important, look at a hybrid mattress that combines the buoyancy of an innerspring core with the motion isolation of memory foam on the upper layer.These models are more expensive, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Think of peace of mind

Check what warranty or exchange policy the bed shop offers. The new trend is ordering online and having 7-10 days to try a bed out at home. This is all very well, but it’s a bit of hassle returning a bed and going through the process of selecting a new one. You want peace of mind that if you make a mistake, you have the option of returning the bed or exchanging it.

Shop for a new bed with confidence but opt for a make that comes with at least a 10-year warranty of manufacturing defaults and buys from a bed shop that offers a return or exchange policy. There is nothing more soul destroying than getting a new bed and realizing a few days later that you’ve made a mistake.

Check the fine print of warranties. For instance, the manufacturer may not honor the warranty if the mattress is stained. If you know this, then you know it’s important to use a mattress protector.