A guide to your BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP

 How do you choose the right mattress?

How does your mattress feel these days? Do you find yourself sleeping uncomfortably because it feels too bouncy, hard or maybe it sags a little as you get out of bed?

Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important to maintain and improve your health. A mattress that isn’t comfortable may cause body aches as well as get you feeling tired, fatigue and stiff in the morning.

If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned, it’s probably time to get a new mattress!

Having to purchase a new mattress is a sizable investment and with any major purchases, an informed decision is necessary to ensure you choose the right product.

Fortunately, you can find out how to pick a new mattress and some important features to consider right in these few pages! These tips will help you find a mattress with sufficient comfort, support and firmness that suit your needs and deliver a good rest.

Before we get into the different types of mattresses, let’s touch a little on motion isolation. Motion isolation refers to the reduced motion transfer or movements from one side of the bed to the other. With good motion isolation, you can turn over and get in and out of bed without waking the person next to you.

This is an essential feature to consider before purchasing any mattresses, especially if you are sharing the bed with a partner, child or your pet.

This feature is especially helpful if you’re a light sleeper. Materials such as latex and memory foam are popular for beds with motion isolation as they naturally absorb movements.

If you’re on the hunt for a new mattress, you’ve probably noticed that there are a number of options available and it can be quite confusing. A helpful way is to start by identifying the different types of mattresses.

Knowing the different types of mattresses available can serve as a foundation upon your search for the best one. You have several different options to consider which are:

Made entirely from foam that relies on air trapped within aerated substances rather than springs. It provides superior comfort for the entire body, pressure relief, bounce and has the best motion isolation. Memory foam is the most well known type of foams that are used in mattresses. 

As much as the mattress is great for everyone, unfortunately, the material retains heat. Apart from that, a caution to take note of is that foam mattresses often have poor edge support which may result in a small dip as you get out of bed.

This type of bed has a coil-based support system with a layer of padding rested above the coils to prevent them from poking you. Its sleeping surface is bouncier compared to other mattresses.

However, with little to no comfort layers, even the smallest movements can cause a ripple effect leading to motion transfer (the measure of how much movement is shared from one part of the mattress to another). If you’re finding a bed to share with a partner, innerspring would not be an ideal choice.

Hybrid mattresses have two central elements; an innerspring base under layers of latex or sometimes foam. This creates a blend of comfort and firm support that fits sleepers of any position.

If you’re allergic to latex, then you’ll want to avoid purchasing a mattress made out of latex. For others, however, latex mattresses provide a top-notch bounce and durability. People who change their sleeping positions frequently may want to consider latex beds as they provide a top-notch bounce and comfort without making them feel trapped in one spot.

Air mattresses are built with an air chamber as their support core. Just with a push of a button, the pump that controls the amount of air in the bed can be controlled using a remote or application downloaded into your smartphone. This gives you the opportunity to add or remove air for firmness and flexibility. The downside to an airbed is that it uses a shared air chamber among two sleepers which may result in poor motion isolation.

There are a myriad of possible causes to body aches and sleeping on an unsupported mattress can be one of them. People who often have back problems require support to prevent the pain from rising and choosing the right mattress can help with cushioning and comfort.

To rectify this issue, choosing the right mattress firmness would be an ideal. Your sleeping position and body weight can be a guide to finding the ultimate firmness you need.

SIDE SLEEPERS: A softer mattress works better as it helps to put less pressure on your shoulder, arm and hip.

STOMACH SLEEPERS: Medium or firm is ideal so that your hips and pelvis do not sink below your shoulders and does not put strain on your spine.

BACK SLEEPERS: Your body weight is distributed over a larger surface area. So, generally any firmness will do.

WEIGHT: A firmer mattress is ideal for heavier bodies. Sleeping on a firm mattress may assist in reducing the pain.

A few other ways to identify what might be the best fit for you are:
Reflect on whether you’ve found yourself wishing for a firmer or softer mattress when sleeping on your current bed.
As a research mission, visit a few mattress stores and try out some beds. Stay on a mattress for at least 10 to 15 minutes to truly assess what is comfortable to you.

Sources: Healthline, Sleep Foundation