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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 January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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