With college students preparing to head back to campus, one of the first items on your shopping list might be a new mattress. It might not seem like as big of a deal as other school supplies, but the latest research shows that an investment in rest might be vital to success in the classroom.
In 2017, researchers at Harvard Medical School found a strong connection between healthy sleep and academic performance among college students. Other studies have demonstrated that college students who pull “all-nighters” are more likely to have a lower GPA and that sleepiness and poor sleep quality are prevalent among university students.
Whether your student will be living in a dorm or in an off-campus apartment this year, keep these six things in mind when starting your mattress search:
1. Size matters.
While dorm rooms vary in size, a twin bed is typically the standard for those living on campus. Some dorm rooms use extra-long bed frames or box springs to accommodate taller students, so make sure you get the measurements before move-in day.
If your student is headed to an off-campus house or apartment, a larger mattress might be in order as space permits. Take advantage of Mattress Firm’s mattress finder tool to find a bed that fits your budget – and your student!
2. Do you need box springs?
You may not, especially if your student is living in a dorm. Most on-campus housing departments provide their own box springs, if not board foundations.
However, if you need to add one to your mattress purchase, confirm the size, material quality and profile height. Unlike a mattress, box springs cannot be squished through tight doorframes or down narrow hallways, so be mindful of the space you’re moving into.
3. Take your first test of the semester early.
You wouldn’t normally buy a car without test-driving it, right? Then why wouldn’t you “test-drive” something that you (or your student) use for 7-9 hours per day? Carve out some time for your student to visit the nearest Mattress Firm location and spend at least 15-20 minutes lying on each mattress to determine which one they like the best.
Do you live far away from where your student is going to school? No problem! Thanks to our nationwide delivery network, you can shop and test mattresses at any store and have it delivered on the other side of the country, with no extra charges or hassle. Learn more about Mattress Firm delivery by visiting our FAQs.
4. Protect your investment.
No matter when you purchase a mattress, you always want to maximize your investment. Our mattress protectors go on like a fitted sheet and provide a barrier between your mattress and liquids, dust mites and allergens. These breathable, removable and machine washable covers are a must-have for all mattresses.
5. Leave the tags on.
While some joke about actually getting thrown in jail, you probably won’t get busted for tearing the manufacturer tags off of your student’s new mattress. However, it is still in your best interest to leave them attached. Most return policies require that they remain intact to uphold the warranty.
6. Ask the experts.
Whether you plan to shop in-store (we recommend that you do – see tip #3) or purchase your mattress online, you should take advantage of the opportunity to speak with Mattress Firm’s sleep consultants, the mattress industry experts. They’re the best in the business at answering questions, offering advice, and making your shopping experience as easy as possible.
It’s worth doing whatever you can to ensure that your college student has the best chance at success, and few things have as big of an impact on daily performance and overall quality of life as sleep health. Good luck this year!
About The Author
James Bell James Bell is a successful entrepreneur who spent 33 years building a small retail toy business into a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. In 2004, he came to America looking for his next opportunity and took over the helm of Protect-A-Bed. As the company’s CEO, James is committed to educating consumers on why every mattress needs protection. At heart, James is a husband, father of two and grandfather of Rowan, age 4, and Isla, age 2, so he understands, and takes personally, the need to uncover healthy sleep zone solutions for people of all ages with different sleep needs. James is hopeful his company’s advice to consumers will help them improve their bedroom hygiene. After all, everyone perspires, says James – and everyone sleeps on a bed. It’s that bed that should be protected from general health concerns. A healthy sleep environment can lead to quality, rejuvenating shuteye. And well-rested individuals are happier and can function better. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to sleep better? James lives in Glencoe, Illinois, with his wife, Lynda. Best Night’s Sleep: The key to James’s best night sleep? Spending time with his wife, two children, Jared and Warrick, and two grandchildren at their lake house in Wisconsin.