Shopping for a brand new mattress can be a fun time – after all, how often do you get to go and lie down to shop? Not often at all! That said, all that lying down can take its toll on you – as there are hundreds of options for mattresses, and what you choose is going to come down to what you like – because one person’s dream sleep is another person’s nightmare.
Many mattresses can sell for thousands of dollars, so it’s important that you choose the right one. Plus, for something that is going to be your resting place for the next ten years or so, it’s important that you choose materials that are going to be durable and hard-wearing. Here are some basic facts that you need to be aware of in order to shop successfully for your next mattress.
Support is the first place to start
You need to know what kind of core your mattress is going to have – and you can choose from four different types of mattresses – innerspring, latex, foam and air-filled. If you like your bed to have some bounce, you should choose an innerspring mattress which will have a foam outer layer or fiberfill and will be covered in quilted ticking. Don’t be fooled by a plush pillow top which can feel great in the store, but which can go on to compress and not retain its soft feel.
It’s often better to choose a firmer mattress and cover it with a replaceable pillow-top or feather down cover. If your budget runs to it, memory foam mattresses are excellent for your back and body, and the thickness varies depending on how dense the foam is.
Same goes for latex, which is a great choice for the back and can last for up to 20 years – so claim the companies that sell them. The benefits of latex mattresses are that they are antimicrobial and resistant to mold and dust mites.
Think about your sleep habits
If you sleep on your side, you need a mattress that disperses pressure across your body while supporting your weight. Memory foam mattresses are going to be great for side sleepers here. Innerspring mattresses might have more pressure points to push into your body, so be aware of this. An innerspring mattress is great for back sleepers, consider getting a firm topped mattress for great support if you’re a stomach sleeper.
Whether you’re purchasing for one or two
If you’re single, you can choose whatever kind of mattress you like, but if you’re married or in a relationship, you need to make sure that the mattress suits your partner and you. Consider getting a mattress that has memory foam and picking a side and then sticking to it.
Consider your allergies
If you have problems with allergies you might need to get a mattress that doesn’t harbor dust mites. Choosing something like latex is a great option, as it’s inherently immune to dust mites and mold. If you choose something like an air-filled mattress, you might find that you need to get an allergy-proof cover to protect yourself.
Above all, make sure that you have chosen the mattress that is best for you and your back, and within your budget. You get what you pay for, and it’s best to go for the best possible mattress that you can afford, as it’s an investment in your health and sleep, and you’ll be using it every single night without fail for a decade. Not a bad investment.