Deciding which mattress to buy can be tricky. There are so many products to choose from, and the stakes are high. According to the Sleep Council, we spend an average of more than 2,300 hours sleeping each year, so a decent mattress is a must.
Also, as bedroom furniture specialists And So To Bed note, getting a good night’s rest is crucial if you’re to maintain your health and wellbeing. With this in mind, here are some top tips to help ensure you select the perfect mattress
A good night sleep is so important
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Understand your options
Contrary to widespread belief, a mattress does not have to be hard to be good for you. As long as these products have an effective supporting structure, the level of softness and padding is simply a matter of personal preference. The important thing is to get to grips with the different versions out there.
For a traditional and luxurious style of mattress, you can opt for versions made using natural fillings like wool, cotton and horsehair. If you’re after a truly opulent finish, look out for designs that feature satin coverings.
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Pocket sprung mattresses are also well worth considering. These designs contain springs sewn into individual fabric pockets and they can offer impressive levels of support. Because the springs move independently from one another, these mattresses allow you to move around in the night without disturbing your partner. In contrast, open or continuous coil versions move as one unit. Also, the coils in these products tend to wear out more quickly than pocket springs.
Memory foam mattresses are another popular option. Topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic foam, these designs mould to the shape of your body during the night and they can provide good support.
Meanwhile, if you suffer from allergies, look out for foam or latex mattresses. These products are often breathable, meaning they’re less likely to harbour dust mites and mould.
Try before you buy
It can be difficult to know whether a mattress is right for you without actually trying it out. This is why it’s always wise to visit a showroom to see them for yourself. When you’re testing the products, lie down in your usual sleeping position to see how comfy they are. Also, sit on the edge of the mattresses. High-quality versions should be firm rather than saggy.
Make sure you measure up
Last but not least, always measure up carefully before you buy a mattress. Bear in mind that dimensions can vary, so don’t just rely on descriptions like ‘double’ or ‘king size’. If your current bed base is getting old, it might be wise to purchase a new mattress and bed base together. This way you’re guaranteed a great fit.
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