How to Choose the Right Mattress

There is nothing more important than getting a good night’s sleep. Being well-rested makes you more alert and productive during the day and affects your overall health and wellness. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, it might be time for a new mattress. There are lots of different kinds on the market these days but here’s how to pick the right one for you.

TYPE:

Memory Foam

A memory foam mattress is a good choice if you prefer a slightly firmer mattress since they have less spring. Memory foam is also good if you have back pain since it will mold itself to your body. Most memory foam mattresses have several layers of foam, with heavy ones on the bottom for support and lighter ones at the top for cooling and comfort.

 

You can also get a gel memory foam mattress which has more cooling properties. The gel foam dissipates heat and regulates sleeping temperature — perfect for hot sleepers who want a cool night’s rest!

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses are the oldest and most well-known type of mattress: steel coil mattresses have been around since 1871. While memory foam mattresses are firmer, innerspring mattresses are more ‘springy’ — obviously!

 

The most popular innerspring mattresses are the pocket coil, where each spring is individually wrapped in a fabric sleeve. This means that each coil can react individually instead of all together, meaning you’re less likely to feel the motion if the person next to you tosses and turns!

Hybrid

If you’re indecisive, you can get the best of both options with a hybrid mattress by Reverie. These mattresses combine the springiness of a coil mattress with the support of memory foam. It’s the best of both beds and a perfect option for partners with different sleeping styles.

Latex

If you want the comfort of a memory foam mattress but are worried about chemicals, off-gassing, or the environmental impact, try a latex mattress instead. The foam in latex mattresses is plant-based, giving these mattresses a reputation for being eco-friendly.

FIRMNESS:

Firm Mattresses

According to WebMD, sleeping on a firmer mattress can help improve your circulation and ease the strain on your muscles. This is because most of the pressure is diverted away from your muscles, veins, and arteries. It also helps distribute your weight evenly, so no one part of your body is bearing all the pressure.

 

Firm mattresses are also recommended for those who sleep on their back or stomach. However, those with extreme back pain or sciatica might find firm mattresses uncomfortable.

Soft Mattresses

A soft mattress is better for those who sleep on their side as it supports the shoulders and hips. Soft mattresses are also recommended for those with back pain.

 

One major drawback to a softer mattress is for those sharing a bed with a partner — if one person is heavier than the other, it can cause the mattress to sink on that side and leave the bed unbalanced.

 

No matter what type of mattress is best for you — soft innerspring, firm latex, or anything in between — it’s important to take care of your mattress to ensure its longevity. Rotate or flip the mattress every six months, and make sure to replace it every 7 to 10 years, or whenever it starts to sag and become uncomfortable.

 

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