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Buying Guide: College

Summer is slowly fading, and that means college students are preparing to head back to school or move-in for the first time. In the midst of the dorm assignments, new student mixers and adjusting to life on campus, it can be difficult to establish a healthy sleep routine. In fact, a 2015 study found roughly 60% of college kids are getting insufficient amounts of sleep.

So, college students don’t get a lot of sleep. No surprise, no big deal, right?

Wrong – poor sleep habits can make a big difference in academic performance, according to a study released just a few months ago. Researchers studied students at Harvard College and found that there were several differences between regular and irregular sleepers, including significant differences in grade point averages.

To encourage students toward sleep success, buy a new mattress and consider adding some other sleep essentials to your shopping list before the big college move-in day. Take some time to think through the following questions to help inform your plan of action:

  • Does the university provide a mattress and/or a box spring, or do we need to provide our own?
  • Will the box spring provided accommodate an extra-long twin bed?
  • What are the dimensions of the doorways and hallways?
  • What size mattress will fit in the bedroom of my child’s off-campus apartment?

Once you’ve answered those questions, head to your nearest Mattress Firm location to find the best mattress for your student.

Size it Up

Some universities provide mattresses for all students living on campus, but others may request students bring their own. While dorm rooms vary in shape and size, a twin bed is widely considered the standard for campus living. And some even offer extra-long bed frames to accommodate taller students needing more legroom, so double-check your dorm’s measurements in advance to make sure you have the correct bed size.

For those living off-campus, you’ll likely consider a larger mattress for a house or an apartment. A full size mattress is a popular choice for young adults as its larger than a twin, but not quite as wide as a queen mattress or a king mattress.

Figuring out mattress dimensions and cost can get overwhelming, so take advantage of Mattress Firm’s mattress finder tool to find a bed that fits within your budget and your student’s room! And remember we’ll deliver the mattress and set it up, removing the extra hassle on move-in day.

Beyond the Mattress

You may not even need to purchase a box spring, especially if your student is living in a dorm. Some campus housing will provide the box springs or board foundation. If you happen to need one, don’t worry Mattress Firm employees can help confirm the size, material quality and profile height to make sure the mattress fits the space.

Keep in mind unlike a mattress, box springs cannot be squished and maneuvered through tight doorways or down a narrow hallway. So be sure to confirm those housing dimensions in advance with the residential department or a residential advisor at the university.

Take it for a Test Drive

You wouldn’t buy a car without first test-driving it, right? Believe it or not, buying a mattress should be no different. Mattress Firm wants you to be comfortable when sleeping, lying down reading, studying or binge-watching on Netflix. Have your child go with you to your local store and have them take the time to lay down on each mattress to determine which one is comfortable for their specific body type. A Mattress Firm employee will help you get started.

Protect Your Investment

Mattress protectors are a win-win for all as they protect the bed from spills and stains, allowing for maximum mileage from the mattress. Additionally, a mattress cover is something you’ll definitely want to consider if the college provides the bed in order to protect your student from breathing in allergens, dust mites and bacteria.

And just as there are different types of beds and different types of mattresses, there are different types of protectors too. Some cover the mattress like a fitted sheet; others have zippers and seals to encase the entire mattress and box spring. The good news is every mattress cover is washable and portable, so with proper care, mattress protectors should last all four years!

Extra Padding for Comfort

For students sleeping on a campus-provided mattress, a mattress topper is a great way to make a mattress their own. As a short term solution to temporary dorm life, a mattress topper adds extra soft comfort to help with those sleepless nights young people struggle with during the academic year.

We know that you have a long list of move-in essentials, but a quality mattress is truly crucial to your student’s long-term health and wellness, as well as their academic success. We hope to guide you in the right direction, so your young scholars can sleep their way to a successful year. With Mattress Firm locations nationwide, you can drop by one of our stores in your hometown or college city to make the selection process seamless.

About The Author

The Daily Dozers

The Daily Dozers is a team of our finest Mattress Firm sleep happy experts, pooling their expertise to bring you all you need to know on sleep news of the day and the latest trends in sleep health. Sometimes our team of regular Daily Doze contributors (Craig, Ken and Sunni…not to name names) will throw a pillow or two when trying to decide who gets to write about which topic; and when that happens, we let our task force of daily dozin’ specialists play referee, pooling their knowledge on the topic. From super-sized snoring habits to the very real struggle of trying to become a morning person, there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers.

Best Night’s Sleep: There’s nothing that this dream team loves more than long walks on the beach to prepare for a peaceful slumber, a warm cup of lavender tea, an old Jane Austen novel and curling up in the comfort of their very own Mattress Firm beds.

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