Many people are spending more time at home these days and taking that time to refresh their furniture. Bobby Berk, interior design expert seen on Netflix’s Queer Eye, says there’s one particular piece of furniture that’s worth splurging on.
The one item that’s worth spending more on in your home is your mattress, according to Berk. That’s because your mattress “has the most effect on your health, your mental health, your back [and] getting through the day,” he told CNBC Make It. In fact, Berk said in the interview that, really, anything “to do with the bed” that makes it possible to get a good night’s sleep is a valuable purchase, such as luxurious sheets, a lavender-scented eye pillow, or a specific detergent that makes your pillowcases feel just right.
And Berk knows firsthand the difference between a mattress that feels good and one that doesn’t. Earlier in his career, Berk said that he was sleeping on an inflatable mattress in a studio apartment in NYC. “I was sleeping on an air mattress that, usually once a week, I’d have to return to Kmart because it would get a hole in it,” he said in the interview.
So it makes sense that later on in his career, when Berk had a little more to spend, one of his first big purchases was a sturdier mattress. “I remember just laying on that mattress [with] two friends of mine that had also moved to New York with me from Denver, ” he said. “We were like, ‘Oh my God, we’re rich. This is the life.’”
Not only is a mattress good for dramatic “I’ve made it in the big city!” moments like these, but it can also promote real health benefits. If your mattress is too firm, that could be contributing to joint pain, SELF explained previously. But if it’s not supportive enough, that could also lead to back pain. Additionally, sometimes people find that their mattresses hold too much heat and cause night sweating. In general, experts recommend getting a new mattress around every eight years and new pillows every two years.
And if a mattress isn’t comfortable or supportive enough, that can make it harder to get quality sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation can cause all sorts of issues throughout your body, including exacerbating health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Considering that a mattress can be a pricey purchase, it’s important to get one that actually works for you. However, picking the right mattress can be confusing, especially because there really aren’t a lot of hard rules about what is and isn’t a “good” mattress. Some people will find that they’re more comfortable with higher or lower support from a mattress.
But overall, experts recommend choosing a mattress that supports your body without allowing your hips to sink, gives a sense of relief at certain pressure points (like the knees, shoulders, and hips), and lets your muscles—particularly your back muscles—relax. Keep in mind that the temperature of your room and mattress as well how much the mattress transfers movement from anyone you might be sharing the bed with can also impact how well you sleep.
Buying a new mattress may seem like a daunting challenge, but as Berk says, it’s one that could come with significant benefits for your mental and physical health. Your body will thank you for putting in the effort to get a mattress that’s comfortable, supportive, and sets the stage for a perfect night’s sleep.