Buying a mattress can be a big spend and an even bigger decision. You will spend up to one-third of your life sleeping on your mattress so maximizing comfort and support should be a top priority.

When shopping for a mattress, go to a store and take a test drive. Determine what you liked or did not like about your old mattress and share it with your salesperson. Inform him or her about the areas of your body that need extra support, whether you prefer a soft or a firm mattress, the type of mattress and the size of mattress you seek, how you sleep (side, back or stomach), and other details so the salesperson can match you to the right mattress. If you sleep with a partner, be sure to mention that too, because it can affect the mattress the salesperson recommends.

Test the mattress options at the store. Lay down and judge how it feels. Take your time and don’t be shy. You can’t judge mattress’ comfort or support by sitting on the edge or by lying down for a couple seconds. Lie on the bed how you sleep (side, back, or stomach). If you sleep with a partner, test the mattress together.