A good night’s sleep can have a major impact on your day, and the mattress you sleep on is likely to determine how well-rested you are the next morning.
Additionally, you need to make sure that the mattress you have is the right firmness and material for you, or you could risk causing problems for your joints and back. The problem is that mattresses are usually quite expensive, not to mention inconvenient to transport, and buying the wrong one can be a stressful experience. That’s why it’s important to know the following information so you can buy your new mattress with confidence.
There are a lot of kinds of mattresses and, without some idea of what you’re dealing with, it can be confusing to know which will be the best kind for you. Sure, a mattress might feel more comfortable in the store, but is that going to last? What’s the difference between open coil and pocket spring? Are they better than memory foam? Allow us to explain:
Different sleeping positions work best with different levels of firmness. Your mattress needs to accommodate how you sleep because if you have the wrong firmness, it could not only affect your sleep but put pressure on your joints, too. If you sleep on your side and tend to move around a lot, then a soft mattress will mould to your body’s natural position; sleeping on your side already relieves most of the pressure on your spine. A medium soft mattress will also mould to your body position – so great for those who change position a lot in their sleep – but also offer a little more support. Medium firm mattresses suit those who sleep on their back thanks to the extra lower-back support, and firm mattresses are ideal for those who sleep on their front, weigh more than 15 stone, or suffer from back pain.
Getting the ideal type of mattress with the correct firmness doesn’t mean a thing if the size is wrong. If you haven’t replaced the mattress for your bed before, get some measuring tape and confirm your mattress size. Check a mattress size chart for your dimensions. If your bed is a foldaway wall bed, then you should also check the depth of your mattress to be sure you can still fold up the bed easily with the new one.
Alternatively, you could see the new mattress as an opportunity. Has your living situation changed since last time you bought a bed? Perhaps you had young children who liked to sleep with you, who have since grown up? You could use this as a chance to buy a smaller, cheaper mattress and a smaller bed to go with it.
When your mattress arrives, don’t cover it with sheets immediately, no matter how much you’re looking forward to it. Give it some time to air – at least four hours. It’s likely been in storage for some time and could have accumulated smells from the damp, cold conditions. It’s a good idea to air out your mattress regularly anyway, and flip it often too to reduce the chances of dips forming, causing uneven sleeping. A mattress topper (that goes between the mattress and your sheets) will help maintain your mattress’s hygiene and cleanliness.
Mattresses come in a variety of price ranges, but going for the cheapest model isn’t necessarily the best option. Firstly, a high-quality mattress can be good for your health, offering you better a night’s sleep, healthier joints, and so more energetic and nimble mornings. Secondly, a low-cost mattress like a cheap open coil won’t last that long – maybe 2-4 years. Even if price is a factor, you should be approaching this as a long-term investment. A more expensive mattress that’s significantly more comfortable could last 7-8 years, making it more convenient and potentially much cheaper in the long run.
Those are our top tips for when you’re shopping for a mattress – we hope they contribute towards a good night’s sleep. Are there any tips we missed? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and don’t forget to give us a follow while you’re there!