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6 Important Tips For Buying A New Mattress Online

6 Important Tips For Buying A New Mattress Online

Buying a mattress online can be sort of confusing, and this is because of the fear of not getting a high-quality and standard mattress, which you can enjoy over a long period of time without complaints.

Here are some helpful tips on how you can judge and select the best mattress online before dipping your hand into your wallet to buy one.

1. Is the Mattress Brand Known and Trusted?

The first step you should consider taking is finding out if the brand of the mattress is trusted; one that guarantees you of a comfortable and enjoyable usage of the mattress over a long period of time.

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You should consider going for a trusted brand that guarantees its prospective customers an outstanding experience in using their products instead of an unknown brand name.

2. Check the Density of the Mattress

High-density foams are more durable and they always last longer. From consumer surveys, it has been known that memory foam mattresses have the highest owner’s satisfaction in the industry since the 1990s.

Many companies use less of memory foam, and this is because it is the most expensive part of the foam. These companies rather go for the usage of latex, conventional foam or fluffy covers, conversely claiming it is better, just to reduce the cost of production.

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3. Check for the Maintainability of the Mattress

You should always consider a mattress that has a removable and washable cover. The mattress can get very dirty and should have the feature of being cleanable and washable.

Zippers seem to be the most expensive cover component and this is why most companies do not include them in mattresses, thereby creating a problem in cleaning up of mattresses cover, unlike the mattress cover that has a zipper, making it washable.

4. Are you being offered free firmness adjustment as part of the sleep trial?

If your mattress seems too soft or too hard, some online companies will offer you a free tapper, this saves you the extra cost of buying that tapper from a store.

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This makes buying mattresses online a much better option than buying in a store. Nevertheless, most new online brands offer you only one option of firmness, which may force you into using a mattress that is not perfect for you.

5. Check the thermal comfort of the mattress

Look beyond the cooling gimmicks some online companies may market; confirm if it will be too hot to sleep on it. Two good ways of reducing heat build-up in mattresses are airflow and moisture wicking.

Instead of using real airflow and moisture wicking technology, most companies go for alternative chemical additives, which are not proven to be able to reduce the heat build-up in those mattresses during its usage at night.

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These companies use low-cost alternative materials such as low-density lofty covers (pillow tops); there is no doubt that this can help sleep cooler, but it can separate you from the memory foam, thereby causing body indentations.

6. Is the Return Policy Free and Works on your Terms?

Before you purchase, be sure to check the return policy to see if it works in your terms. Several companies offer favorable return policies, like the Novosbed comfort+ option return policy invented in 2009, that ensures you get all your money back if you return your mattress due to unsatisfactory conditions, just after the company’s 120 nights’ trial.

Although most companies have followed this route since then, some still charge a restocking fee or do not even refund or cover your shipping expense, conversely doing this just to discourage you from returning the mattress, thereby making you settle for what seems imperfect to you. However, some companies may ask you to find and organize donation, and provide the evidence in order to get a refund. 

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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