Did you know that we spend around a third of our lives sleeping? With this in mind, it is therefore ever so important to ensure that you choose the right mattress to suit your needs. With all of the advertised benefits of different mattress types and the many different brands to choose from it can be hard to know which one to pick! To help you select the right mattress for you, consider your needs in terms of the following 5 important factors:
Mattresses can be a significant financial investment and so you want them to be highly durable and remain comfortable for as long as possible. Durability depends on the quality of the materials used in the construction of the mattress. You can assure a high quality mattress by choosing a reputable brand. The manner of the construction of the mattress also affects the lifespan. Hand-crafted mattresses can present the best choice in terms of the durability of their construction.
The size of the mattress is one of the most influential factors when buying a mattress. For one, you will want space to comfortably move around the bed therefore the height and width of those sleeping in the bed should be considered. For comfort, you should have at least a foot of spare room at the edges of the bed. If you’re taller than average, many brands offer extra long beds or custom built builds which will more comfortably suit your needs. If you’re sharing with a partner consider how much you move within the night. You will need to allow space for tossing and turning, as well as lying comfortably next to one another.
3. Motion Disturbance
If you’re sharing a bed with a partner, their tossing and turning may affect your sleep. This motion disturbance can be prevented by choosing a mattress which will mould to your movements and absorb shocks. For example, memory foam mattresses offer a strong level of motion absorption while beds that have plentiful springs disperse the movements among them, unlike those with springs spread far apart.
Whether you choose a hard or soft mattress depends on your own personal preference. However, research shows a medium firm mattress provides the best support if you suffer from lower back pain. If you find your mattress choice is too firm, you can place a pillow top on the top. However, if these are thick and you are petite, you may not weigh enough to compress it to touch the support system underneath, which could potentially affect your spinal comfort.
As a mattress is a sizeable investment, you should enquire whether it comes with a warranty before you complete your purchase. This ensures you can replace your mattress in the event it proves faulty, for example, with issues such as fraying material or broken springs, at no additional financial cost. On average mattresses come with a warranty of 3-5 years.
We at The Natural Sleep Company hope you’ve found some information to help you choose the prefect mattress. For more tips, check out our previous post “What You Need to Know About Buying a Mattress” which details the different types of mattresses to consider.