Demystifying how to purchase a bed

I love sleeping. It’s my luxury time. Recently, I’ve been telling my husband it’s time for a new mattress. But then I wondered… how do we get started? What type of mattress would be best for a person who moves a lot (me) and for someone who sleeps on his stomach (husband). So I decided, why not ask a sleep expert? Here’s what I learned from Clark Okazaki, Sales Manager & Buyer for SlumberWorld. 

Taryn: Why is getting a good nights’ sleep important?

Clark: Having good sleep improves your health, enables you to concentrate better, and increases your energy. You will also have the tendency of being less grouchy and who wouldn’t want that?


Taryn: What is your most popular mattress?

Clark: I’d have to say Tempur-Pedic is our best seller. But I do recommend “test driving”  mattresses. I try to put the customers on 3 different levels: firm, medium, & soft. This allows them to find out what they are really looking for and need. We engage with our customers to help them make the best possible choices.

94% of Tempur-Pedic owners say they love their mattress. Photo credit:

94% of Tempur-Pedic owners say they love their mattress. Photo credit:

Taryn: With all the different types of mattresses, how do you help your customers make the right decision?

Clark: That’s why engaging with our customers to find their needs is important. If movement is a concern, we would recommend a memory foam which generates the least amount of motion transfer. That’s what I sleep on. Technogel beds don’t retain heat above your own body temperature. This helps if you live in a warm place like Waipahu. We have air mattresses that are perfect for couples who have different comfort levels. Beside elevating your head and feet, adjustable beds also benefit those who suffer with acid reflux. We also carry a large selection of inner spring mattresses from the affordable to premium.

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Technogel naturally wicks away heat from your body. Photo credit:

Taryn: Do you have any other tips for people who are looking for a new mattress?

Clark: Do your homework before entering our store. Visit to see what we offer. Check your room size if you are upgrading to a different size of mattress. Remember to allow room for bedroom furniture like nightstands and dressers. Measure you old bed especially if height is important for you. Dress comfortably and appropriately to get in and out of a bed. You’ll need to lay your entire body on the mattress to get a true feel of what kind of comfort level your are looking for. Expect to spend 10 to 15 minutes in each bed that you “test drive”.

SlumberWorld has four locations on Oahu, plus stores in Kahuluii, Hilo, and Kona.

SlumberWorld has four locations on Oahu, plus stores in Kahului, Hilo, and Kona.

It was great talking to Clark. He really enjoys what he does. And now I feel more ready to buy a mattress. I look forward to finding the perfect bed for me and my husband at SlumberWorld. Thanks Clark.

imageAbout Taryn Kabei

When not working as the Digital Media Specialist for C. S. Wo & Sons, Taryn, an avid foodie is always cooking and trying new recipes. Taryn lives with her husband, Kevin, and their cat, Keiko in Honolulu. Taryn is also a contributor on

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