The difference between good night sleep and a horrible night is a great mattress. Buying a new mattress should be something you do once in a blue moon. So when you go out to buy one make sure you’ve done your research on the best mattress to buy and how much you’re willing to pay for it. However, before you go out to buy your mattress there are a few points you need to consider before you choose which mattress to buy.
Points to consider when buying a mattress:
1. Ask yourself if you really need a new mattress:
Some people change beds every few years, which is fine if you can afford it. This is a huge investment that you really need to be sure about. The quality and material of the mattress will determine how often you can get a new one. You might want to go for the plushiest mattress in the store or the softest mattress you can find. The fact is not all soft mattresses are good for your back or sleeping posture. If you’re a couple, you have to consider your partner’s needs.
2. The firmness and sleeping position:
We all have unique sleeping positions whether it’s your back, side or stomach, you can get a firm or an ergonomic mattress that supports your body and helps you have a proper sleeping posture. Think of your favourite sleeping position because it will determine the firmness of your new bed.
If you’re a back sleeper you need a firm but soft enough mattress to support your back. A memory foam lucid mattress is perfect for you to provide proper spine support and adequate contouring. Side sleepers complain of pain in their shoulders and hip joints. A medium soft mattress is ideal which will evenly distribute the pressure on your side. Stomach sleepers have the worst sleeping position. A medium-to-medium firm mattress will evenly distribute your body weight and provide enough spine support to avoid back pains.
3. How much are you willing to spend?
When your mattress starts to sag and losses support, you back and neck suffer. There are different kinds of mattresses and each comes with its own price. Make sure you do some research on the mattress you want and know its price range before you go out to buy it. The most expensive mattress doesn’t necessarily have to be the best quality or vice versa.
4. Consider your weight and body type:
If you're lightweight you can go for a medium firm bed that will provide you with perfect comfort and support. An average person can get a softer bed and a heavier person can choose a firmer mattress to adjust for sinkage.
5. The ideal type and material for the mattress:
Most people have no clue what to look for when it comes to this point.
Innerspring mattresses: are affordable and tend to last longer as the springs are made from durable metal that keeps its shape. The space between the springs allows for air circulation which lowers the temperature in the bed to give you a cool night. It’s a comfortable and relaxing bed that contributes to your overall health. If you want a mattress that is durable, bouncy, cool, strong and offers great edge support, then this is perfect for you.
Latex foam mattresses: are similar to memory foam mattresses because they conform to your body shape, however, the only difference is instead of sinking in you get a bouncy and springy responsive feel. You can choose the more expensive natural latex mattress that is eco-friendly or the synthetic less expensive bed made from a mixture of synthetic polymers and natural tree sap.
Memory form mattresses: hug your body contours to give you excellent body support. They conform to your body shape and curves and help in evenly distributing your weight. The tossing and turning of your partner is isolated meaning you get better sleep with no disturbance. The downside to this bed is it retains heat and if you like cool nights this isn't the best mattress for you.
Adjustable mattresses: allow you to adjust its position, elevate the head or feet, and its firmness while some of the beds massage your body while you’re asleep. They are a bit pricey but good for people who suffer chronic lumbar pain and back problems or if you need to sleep slightly elevated because of snoring.
Pillow-top mattresses: are soft and fluffy with a pillowy top to give extra comfort. They are sometimes made with springs for that cushiness, latex or memory foam that give you firmness and great contour but, have been added a soft material for more comfort. If you want a mattress with more padding and a softer feel then this is a perfect choice. They are more luxurious and a bit pricey.
Hybrid mattresses: are a combination of memory foam and spring to provide ample support and comfort. Some beds have more foam than others depending on the desired firmness. They’re an expensive option.
Pocket sprung mattresses: have small individual springs sewn in their own fabric pockets which means the springs can independently move to provide you with more support. They’re filled with natural materials like lamb’s wool which makes it heavy and can agitate allergies. However, they’re more breathable to give you a cool night and you can get the soft, medium or firm bed as per your preference.
Air mattresses: have mechanical air chambers that you can adjust to your firmness preferences. Each side can be separately adjusted to whichever firmness you want. However, it's a good idea to go through online reviews to make sure it doesn't malfunction.
For you to stay happy and healthy you need a good night sleep and a good mattress is a key. However, you need to do your research before you can even consider buying a new mattress. This will help you avoid getting the wrong mattress that will lead to sleepless nights with aches and pains.