Choosing a mattress is no easy task, ultimately you have to spend eight hours (ideally) a day sleeping on it, and if you end up buying a dud, you’ll despise your investment. When purchasing a mattress, you should consider the type of mattress, mattress materials and different firmness levels; it can get a little overwhelming. Whether you’re a side sleeper, stomach sleeper, back sleeper or all three; you deserve a mattress that provides support, comfort and pressure relief.
Let’s look at 5 tips on choosing the best mattress and get you that beauty sleep you’ve been dreaming about.
A Long-lasting Product
If you have come to research mattresses online, you have more than likely decided that you need a new one. Unfortunately servicing your old one isn’t a cheap/realistic option. It’s common for people to identify what they didn’t like about their last mattress or maybe you loved it and you want to find an exact replica. So what are some signs that it’s time to choose a new mattress?
- Aching back and/or neck pain
- Constant movement and rolling around
- Your mattress sinks around the hips
- You’re experiencing pressure on joints like the hips and shoulders.
- Broken springs (lumps in the mattress)
- Life span has past seven years
- Haven’t slept in five days
Okay, the last one was a bit extreme, but if you have noticed any of the fore-mentioned, it’s probably time to choose a new mattress. If that has you convinced and you just want to make it happen; book your online consultation now!
If you need a little more info, let’s go into the finer details.
Now choosing a mattress doesn’t necessarily mean choosing the most expensive mattress; after all, more expensive doesn’t mean better. A good mattress should last 7-9 years providing support and comfort.
Choosing the Correct Budget
Depending on what type of mattress you’re looking for there’s no denying that it can be a pricey investment, even though it’s a necessary investment. Here are some guidelines to follow when deciding a budget for choosing a mattress.
Don’t Jump on the Cheapest Option
If you’re spending less than $800 for a king-sized mattress, then the manufacturers have probably cut costs by using cheap materials which in effect means a 3-4 year life span. In a ten year period, you’ll end up spending more money having to purchase two mattresses.
Don’t Jump on the Most Expensive Option Either
Like those luxury clothing brands, sometimes you pay for the name; nothing changes with mattresses. Make sure you look at the reviews, see what the people think about their products instead of hearing it first hand from the people taking your money.
Look Out for Instore Mark-Ups
Mostly, shopping online is cheaper. When you buy a mattress instore, there are mark-ups like wages, rent, commission etc. that companies put on top of the price.
Now you have an idea on what you need to spend on the ‘right’ mattress looks look at the different types of mattresses.
Style of Mattress and Materials
It’s hard knowing how to choose a mattress. Some people have a type of mattress in mind because their friend has one, they have read reviews, or it’s the same type as their last one, and that was more than satisfactory. With all things considered, it’s best to find out exactly what suits you.
The traditional innerspring mattress has started to phase out over the last decade with the influx of mattress technology surpassing that of the inner coil. That doesn’t mean they are a write-off! They certainly have their benefits. Innerspring mattresses are cheaper than most other designs, and they are incredibly durable with their life span reaching ten years before things start to misshape.
Innerspring mattresses are also beneficial for the hot sleepers, whether you just function at a higher temp or you live in a hot area the temperature regulation through the coils assists in a good nights sleep.
Innerspring mattresses, though they seem to be phasing out, are still the most popular type of mattress. That means they have familiar qualities knighting them a safe bet if you don’t want to wager your sleep on something you haven’t tried before.
Latex mattresses are 40% latex ontop and 60% support foam underneath; they provide great bounce and cooling qualities. You pay a little more with latex, especially if you re looking into mattresses that use natural latex.
Memory foam is one of the most popular mattress materials in recent years. Since it’s early development by Nasa in the 1970s, individuals have been raving about the benefits of memory foam. Memory foam mattresses provide comfort and support in any sleeping position; it receives your body like it was catered specifically to you.
This type of mattress appeals to couples as the foam doesn’t transfer energy. As one person rolls over or gets up for a glass of water, the other doesn’t feel a thing. You might remember the advertisement of the lady jumping up and down on one side of the bed and the glass of wine on the other side remaining completely still.
A downfall to the memory foam mattress is its lack of temperature regulation. Memory foam stores the heat for longer than any other mattress.
The hybrid mattress compromises the need for comfort and temperature regulation; it combines all benefits. The hybrid uses memory foam, comfort foam, felt padding and coils (in that order) to ensure comfort and support, release on pressure points and zero aches and pains.
The only negative aspect of a hybrid is that it could set you back a little bit – a small price to pay for a good night’s sleep.
Adjustable mattresses are a very particular type of mattress that caters to people that suffer from certain conditions that cause pain to affected areas. Adjustable mattresses also prove practical for people that are prone to snoring (or beneficial to their partner). The upright position frees congestion. If there are two in the bed, it’s wise to get a split adjustable mattress so your positioning can be specific to the preference of both parties.
The Water Bed
You may have thought that the water bed ended with the 90s, but they are still a thing! Again they cater to a particular audience providing relief to people with arthritis, back pain and even allergies.
HOT TIP – Trying out a mattress in-store paints a thousand words. Even if you use the experience to gauge what type of mattress you want, click for a free consultation.
What Kind of Sleeper Are You
The firmness of mattresses is one of the most vital factors to consider when choosing a mattress, and a lot of it depends on what position you sleep in. There are four kinds of sleepers; side sleepers, stomach sleepers, back sleepers and people that interchange between the three. Depending on how you sleep, you will need to alter your choice of mattress. Let’s take a look at what type of mattress is suited to your position of sleeping.
If you are in this category, you are in the 15 % of the world’s population. If the mattress is too soft, the body will sink, and the back will bend, causing aches and pains. Back sleepers need a mattress that is firm enough to provide support but soft enough to ensure comfort.
Increased pressure on the shoulders, ribs and hips is all too familiar for the side sleeper and without the correct level of softness, the sleeper will experience aches and pains resulting in a restless night. A medium soft mattress is an excellent match for the side sleeper.
Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended by sleep specialists as it can cause aches and pains in your back if you don’t have the right mattress. Stomach sleepers require a firmer mattress distributing even weight throughout the mattress to avoid curvature of the spine.
Different body types will determine appropriate levels of density. Someone that is 50 kg isn’t going to sink as much someone that weighs 80 kg. So what mattress suits which?
People in the average bracket range (60 kg – 90 kg) should look for a medium-firm mattress; if you’re a lightweight side sleeper, you can go even softer.
People that are 90 kg + should look for a mattress that’s firmer to counteract sinkage. Individuals with stocky builds usually experience overheating so innerspring, or hybrid is the recommended mattress type.
Back To Sleep
Knowing how to choose a mattress can be daunting as there are so many contributing factors. If you’re still unsure after reading this article, talk to a professional at Back to Sleep. Back to Sleep understand that a night of healthy, uninterrupted sleep can make a world of difference. Book your free consultation today.