It’s no secret anymore that your mattress is one of the major factors in how well you sleep at night. A mattress that is too hard or too soft can make for an uncomfortable night in many different ways. Choosing the perfect mattress is not difficult, but it is important. Here are some tips to help you choose the right mattress for you. Choosing the right mattress can help you get the good night’s sleep you have been looking for.
If you are buying a mattress to fit a specific bed, your choice will be narrowed down and should be easier to find the right mattress. If you do not have your bedroom set already, you should put some serious thought into choosing the right size bed for your frame and your sleeping style. Most sleep experts are now saying that a twin size bed is not big enough for most adults to sleep comfortably, and a full-size bed is too small for a couple. If you are less than six feet tall, standard length mattresses will probably suit you just fine, but if you are at least six feet tall, they strongly suggest that you consider a California King; this mattress provides an extra six inches in length.
Of course, your size is not the only consideration. You also need to choose a bed that will fit in your room well.
You could spend months reading about the technology behind each of the types of mattresses, but none of it will tell you the most important thing how it feels. There are essentially three different kinds of mattresses: innerspring, foam and combination of both. Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each:
Innerspring mattresses consist of linked or unlinked metal springs that respond to changes in weight by compressing and expanding. Innersprings respond more quickly to changes in your position, but they also are more likely to distribute the movement across the entire bed. Also, innerspring mattresses are dependent on the number of coils per inch of surface area. If there are too few, you may find that there’s a lack of support for places like the small of your back or the backs of your knees.
Foam mattresses conform to the shape of your body eliminating pressure against your joints while providing support under places where your body curves, like the curve of your shoulders or the small of your back. Foam tends not to respond as quickly to changes in position, however, so you may find it more difficult to do things like roll over. Also, some foam mattresses trap your body heat so that sweating may be a problem.
Combination mattresses are made with both innerspring and foam in different configurations. Some are innerspring centers wrapped with memory foam; others have zones to give more support to the parts of your body that weigh more.
Doctors are much more clued into the body’s needs during sleep than they used to be. At the very least, most doctors today understand how important sleep is to your health. If you have physical problems like joint tenderness, Arthritis or Fibromyalgia, a doctor or physical therapist may have suggestions for specific types of mattresses or qualities that you should consider.
For years, mattress retailers have told their prospective customers to come in and lay down on their beds. The fact of the matter is that simply stretching out on a mattress will not tell you much. Often, a bed that feels great for a night or two is not quite as comfortable after a week. If at all possible, choose a mattress from a manufacturer or retailer that offers a 30 or 60-day in-home trial.
Many mattress retailers now run their in-store consultation centers that can help you determine the best mattress for your needs.
One last thing to keep in mind is the mattress foundation. Whatever kind of mattress you choose, what goes under it is just as important as the mattress itself. While it is common practice for many furniture stores to sell mismatched sets’ of box springs and mattresses, you could be making a big mistake if you succumb to the temptation. The best mattresses are designed to work hand-in-hand with a good foundation. Buying them together is a good way to make sure that you get the most out of the mattress and extend its life.
When purchasing your next mattress, make sure that you understand exactly what you are looking for. There are many varieties available, and each affects your body differently. For example, one style may be more comfortable than another style. Patience is very important when shopping for a mattress because this purchase will help you get a good night’s sleep.