Selecting the Right Mattress for You

When choosing a new mattress, you need to consider the fact that we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping so it is important to get it right. A good nights sleep is vital to your health and wellbeing as it has a knock on effect on your daily life.

When shopping for a mattress you may become overwhelmed by the amount of different types out there. The most important factors of a mattress are comfort and support. Once a bed supports your body the layer of padding and how thick or thin it is, is just a matter of individual preference.

There are 4 main types of mattresses, memory foam, latex, pocket sprung and open sprung.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is a visco-elastic that will mould to a person’s body in reaction to temperature and pressure. Memory foam reduces the pressure points on your body and supports your spine by keeping it in the correct alignment. It should in turn provide you with a better nights sleep. One main disadvantage people find with memory foam is it may get too warm for them.

memory foam pic

Latex/ Foams

Latex and open celled foam mattresses can prove a good alternative to memory foam as it is a breathable material. Due to the hypoallergenic qualities of full latex mattresses they tend to be best suited for people with allergies or asthma. Like Memory foam Latex is known for its motion isolation. This just means that when one partner moves or tosses and turns the other won’t be disturbed like they would be on an open sprung mattress.

latex pic

Pocket Sprung

Pocket sprung mattresses consist of hundreds or even thousands of pocket springs encased in their own individual fabric pocket. As none of the springs are linked together there is no roll together and a partners movement is not felt. Pocket springs provide even support and reduce body strain as body weight is evenly distributed.

pocket spring

Open Sprung

Open sprung mattresses consist of coil springs all linked together. This type of mattress proves a lot less expensive than pocket sprung and memory foam one’s and is ideal for occasional use or children’s bedrooms. The Open spring means the mattress is less responsive to your body therefore not giving you the same support. Its light weight means it can be rotated therefore extending the life of the mattress overall.

open coil spring

Finally, when you’re in a furniture store don’t forget to test out each mattress and find out what is comfortable for you. Lie on each mattress for a minimum of 5-10 minutes and remember not to be tired whilst doing this as you no doubt will find anything comfortable.

Remember to change your mattress every 10 years as overtime the materials its made up of will break down therefore compromising the mattresses ability to support your body correctly.

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