Surviving Mattress Wars – The Sag Harbor Express – New York News

Surviving Mattress Wars – The Sag Harbor Express – New York News

Author Rachel Bosworth tries out a mattress at the Bliss Sleep Center in Water Mill. Michael Heller photos

By Rachel Bosworth

The average person spends one third of their lifetime asleep. For me, that’s a lot of hitting the snooze button and trying to steal the occasional nap. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours per night, though 40 percent of Americans get less. Just minutes missed over time can add up, and can raise your risk of weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and memory loss. With sleep being so vital to our physical and mental well-being, it’s pretty important what you sleep on.

Endless options of mattresses in stores and online can make it tricky to decide what’s best for you, especially if you have a sleep partner. The East End has a few places to choose from, so I made three appointments to learn about my own potential new bed.

At Mattress Firm, formerly Sleepy’s, in Bridgehampton I am greeted by friendly but not pushy salesman Frank Cusimano, who is to take me through the mattress buying process. He asks me about my sleep habits, and I tell him I typically sleep on my stomach but toss and turn often. I have a firm queen size mattress with a foam topper that I love, and share with my boyfriend who seems to sleep through the night without moving much.

“If you’re tossing and turning, you’re not comfortable,” he says kindly as he hands me a softer pillow suited for my sleeping position. “We…

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