Looking for a new mattress can be a nightmare. You need to consider which mattress firmness level you need as well as what materials you want your mattress to be made from.
Some people can have allergies to certain types of materials that can be found in some mattresses.
So for these people, the mattress material is a big consideration. Besides this, some mattress materials are just more comfortable and durable overall.
Of course, one also needs to consider budget when choosing a new mattress. Nowadays, you can pick up a mattress pretty cheap, but often the cheaper mattresses are not as comfortable and do not last as long.
On the other end of the spectrum, you can literally pay thousands of dollars if you want a really high-end mattress.
So, what’s the best type of mattress for you to buy? Here’s a guide to help you decide.
5 Important Considerations When Buying a New Mattress
When it comes to buying a new mattress there are actually quite a few things you need to consider. Here are our top five considerations when buying a new mattress.
Memory Foam – Pocket Sprung – Hybrid Mattresses
The importance of sleep to our health and wellbeing is recognized by doctors as the main component to active living into our old age.
A good night’s sleep not only makes us feel more energetic during the day but also helps to keep our brain active and stave off illness.
If you have interrupted sleep at night this may well be adding to accumulative health problems that magnify themselves in later life but could be averted by a change of mattress.
Advice from the Better Sleep Council recommends that a mattress should be changed every 7 to 8 years.
Here’s a great video explaining the pros and cons of buying a memory foam mattress.
When To Change Your Mattress
Getting up in the morning and making the bed is a normal routine that we fall into. It rarely crosses our mind that a worn mattress could be responsible for the aches and stiffness in our limbs. The signs of needing a new mattress may not be visible but there are things you can look out for.
The Right Mattress For You
Mattresses come in many sizes and offer different levels of support. When choosing to replace your mattress there are several important points you should consider. Pocket sprung mattresses, which have fabric pockets containing a spring have traditionally been the most popular.
Now, however, due to the health benefits associated with sleep, a new generation of mattresses has become available which are vacuum packed memory foam or hybrid which is a mixture of the two. Most of these foam or hybrid can be ordered online and, also most have the real benefit of a trial period of approx. 3 months.
Comfort and Wellbeing
As we spend on average 28% of our lives in bed it is important to take a while to analyze the type of mattress that will improve our sleep patterns and subsequently our health.
If you generally sleep on your side a soft to medium firmness will suit you. This will allow the natural curve of the body to mold with the cushioning of support. If you sleep on your back a firmer base could prove to be more comfortable. While sleeping on your front has been proven to be more adaptable for a firm mattress.
Choosing Your Mattress
It is also important to remember when choosing a new mattress that will fit well with your existing bed frame. The thickness and rigidity of a mattress will vary according to the properties of the product you have chosen.
It is also worth keeping in mind that memory foam and certain hybrid mattresses contain latex which creates a much warmer feeling when sleeping. If you sleep with a partner the combination may prove to be uncomfortable for certain people.
Pocket sprung mattresses will provide a firmer base that will suit the side and back sleeper while the memory foam may prove more comfortable to a front or side sleeper. The importance of your overall health in a change of mattress cannot be overstated.
Need More Mattress Tips?
If you need more help choosing a mattress that is just right for you, we have more helpful articles available on our homepage here soundsleeping.org.