Getting a sound sleep during the night is essential. A good night’s sleep depends on a lot of different factors — comfort, stress level, room temperature – but to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber.
If you’re planning to buy a new mattress and have started your search online as well as taken a stroll down the bedding stores, you already know that there is a dizzying array from which to choose. The question is, how do you know which mattress is best for you?
The thumb rule of buying a mattress remains, it should support your body in a neutral position, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are supported in proper alignment.
If you want to know the most popular types of mattresses, read on till the last:
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory Foam (or visco-elastic foam) mattresses have been developed after years of research. They are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature, and are known for comfort because they contour to the specific shape of your body. Memory foam does not exert any pressure on our body. This helps in better blood circulation, and helps sleep better. They are considerably a lot more resistant to germs, mites, dirt, motes as well as parasites than other mattresses.
Innerspring Mattresses (Bonnell Spring)
Bonnell Spring Mattresses are by far the most widely used. An innerspring mattress is made with a steel coil innerspring support system, with various foams and fibers on top to provide comfort at the surface. This helps the bed weather years of use and prevents the coils from popping out of the mattress. Salespeople may try to sell you on the idea that more coils mean more comfort, but that’s not necessarily true.
Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber and they offer both softness and durability. Latex reduces pressure points while sleeping particularly at the shoulders and hips, and it allows for better circulation with less tossing and turning. You will find them enough firm and supportive
Air mattresses are not necessarily blow-up mattresses only where you put your holiday guests on for a few days. The three main categories for use of air mattresses are camping, temporary home use (guests) and full-time permanent use (in the bedroom). Higher-end air beds look like a standard innerspring mattress, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils, and are covered by a foam layer on top. Besides, like latex and memory foam, you can also find air toppers for your mattress.
When to Say ‘Goodbye’ to Your Old Mattress
The mattresses made today are believed to last a lifetime. But that neither sounds practical nor hygienic; you shouldn’t plan on keeping yours for that long. The preferences of our bodies change over time so the mattress that was once a joy to sleep on may no longer feel comfortable.
As far as hygiene is concerned mattresses do collect dust mites, fungus, and other germs that can exacerbate allergies and impact your sleep patterns. Ideally, you should change mattresses every 10 to 15 years.