Choosing the perfect mattress

When it comes to shopping for a new mattress, you need to try before you buy to know if it’s the right one for you. Mattresses can be very variable in their firmness and softness, so it is necessary to take the time to find the one that’s just right for you. Everyone is different and require a different type of mattress to provide optimum comfort that is not only easy to sleep on but also good for their physical health. There’s no scientific consensus on what makes a good mattress, it can be purely determined by preference or individual shape and size.

So how do you choose?
There is no one mattress that’s sure to suit every one comfort preference. However, there are a few key elements to consider when out shopping for your perfect bed.
1. Type of Mattress
There are four main types of mattresses:
– Continuous or open-coil mattress: these are made from wire that is looped into springs and fixed together. These mattresses are much lighter than typical beds, which make it easier to flip, move or rotate.
– Memory foam mattress: These mattresses have a top layer of material that is temperature-sensitive and viscoelastic also known as memory foam. The foam enables bodies to sink into the mattress and absorb the weight of each individual, allowing for increased circulation whilst taking the pressure off joints in the body.
– Latex foam mattress: These mattresses are more durable with breathable materials that make a good choice for those with allergies. The foam does not harbour dust mites but moulds to any body shape to increase comfort. These beds have a more solid feel to them and so are more suited for those who prefer firm beds, but can be a bit difficult to transport due to their weight and heft.
– Pocket-sprung mattress: this is the most popular type of mattress as they can be customised to suit different firmness on each side of the mattress. With thousands of separated springs sewn into each individual fabric pocket, the mattresses offer good support by distributing body weight evenly. This type of open-spring construction allows air to circulate throughout, ensuring that individuals don’t feel too hot over night.
2. Comfort
It is important to remember that there is a difference between a mattress that has a firm feel or firm support. A mattress doesn’t have to be more firm than soft to be good for your back.
– Firm mattresses are good for those who prefer to sleep on their stomach or who suffer from back pain as it will keep the spine aligned.
– Medium mattresses are best for those who sleep on their back as they provide both comfort and support for your spine, back and neck.
– Soft mattresses are good for those who sleep on their side because it’ll adjust to each individual body whilst offering support.

How do I know I’ve made the right choice in mattress?
When looking at different mattresses it is good to consider both the size of the bed and the room you intend to put it. Every bed should fit comfortably in a room and should be at least 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping on it.
It is also critical to ensure you find the right comfort level that suits your preference. Many manufacturers don’t provide a guarantee on comfort so it is important to take your time when choosing a new mattress to ensure you make the right choice.

Why is the right mattress so important?
Most people need seven to nine hours of sleep a night to function at their best. Cognitive health problems, such as memory loss, irritability, slower reflexes and increased stress can become evident when individuals don’t get enough sleep, or good quality sleep. This creates an increased risk of obtaining further related problems in the future.
A good mattress, accompanied by a comfortable room temperature and dark lighting can help ensure each person gets a good night’s sleep.