In 2012, Americans spent an astounding $32.4 billion on sleep-related aids, according to the Wall Street Journal. Searching for a better way, the reporter tried four different methods of easing into sleep, including an iPhone app and a six-CD set, with mixed results. Of course, getting a good night’s sleep could be as simple as having the right mattress. In Consumer Reports recent tests of 24 mattresses, we found huge differences in the spine support that counts most, especially if you spend at least part of the night on your back.
Almost three out of four respondents to a recent industry survey believe a new bed would help them sleep better. If yours is showing signs of age, try rotating or flipping it first. But any mattress that shows sags or lumps should be replaced. Many of the best mattresses in our tests cost within the $800 to $1,200 range that people typically spend, although you can pay a lot more.
Our top-scoring innerspring mattress, the Serta Perfect Day iSeries Applause, $1,075, is very good for both side and back sleepers and was excellent in our durability tests, which simulate eight years of use. We named the Serta a CR Best Buy. Our top-rated foam mattress is the Sleep Number Innovation Series i8 bed Pillowtop, $3,000, which was very good for side sleepers, excellent for back sleepers and has excellent durability. But for almost a quarter of that price, you can buy the Novaform Memory Foam Collection Serafina 14" for $800 at Costco, which was very good for side and back sleeping and a CR Best Buy.