Do you feel well-rested in the morning? If not, your mattress could be the source of the frustration. Aside from the importance of getting sufficient sleep, we have to ensure the surface we lie on is best suited to our personal needs. Do you sleep on the side? Do you prefer a soft or firm surface? There are several things to factor in.
Here is a brief guide to the variety of mattresses today. So far, humanity has devised three main kinds of these products:
- foam, and adjustable (air-filled).
According to retailers, the popularity of foam mattresses has soared in recent years. However, none of the materials is the only right one. Your sleep style is important, as well as that of your partner. So, how do you sleep?
On your side
Side sleepers should look for a mattress with good body weight support. It should conform to your shape. Choose inner springs or foam products with built-in pressure relief points.
On your stomach
Steer clear of memory foam — you will feel smothered. Firm foam, thick inner springs, and air-filled mattresses are fine.
On your back
The mattress should keep your spine in a healthy alignment. Any type will do, but be sure to do some testing before buying.
Certain medium-firm types provide more “motion isolation” for all the tossing and turning. On the downside, they may be less comfortable for the partner. Coiled, foam, latex, or air-filled products are suitable.
When preferences don’t match
You could try an air-filled mattress with dual chambers. Alternatively, order a mattress with customized sides.
Opt for inner springs for the bouncy feel. Here, you have a choice between coils that are interconnected or “pocketed”. The former ensures the longest durability, while the latter softens the ripple effect that occurs when the person on one side of the bed moves.
If you prefer sleeping on a harder surface, this is where memory foam and/or latex comes in handy. The quality of a product may be deduced from the thickness and density of the foam. The depth of sinking into the mattress depends on these two characteristics. recently introduced products include several foam layers — heavier foam on the bottom provides support and lighter foam is added on the top for enhanced comfort.
Generally, mattresses with inner springs include an outer layer made of fiberfill or foam that is covered in quilted ticking. However, your best choice will be a firmer and well-quilted product. You can cover it with a topper for a softer feel. You may be tempted by pillow tops that look super-plushy, but remember that they eventually lose volume through compression.