With the right mattress, you'll enjoy deeper, more refreshing sleep every night.
There's more to getting a great night's sleep than just going to bed early. If you've ever sunk into a soft, comfortable hotel mattress only to wake up feeling tired and sore, you'll know that the type of mattress you use can affect your sleep quality.
In this blog post, we'll look at how you can choose a mattress that suits your body type, your lifestyle and your sleep habits. Whether you have a single bed or a king-sized four-poster, read on to discover the perfect mattress for your bedroom.
SOFT ISN'T ALWAYS BEST
There's nothing better than sinking into a soft mattress at the end of a hard week's work. As great as it might feel, however, sleeping on a mattress that's too soft isn't good for your spine.
According to Dr Arya Nick Shamie of UCLA Medical Center, a mattress that's overly soft won't provide support for your body's natural pressure points. Your mattress should keep your spine, shoulders, heels and legs in a neutral, natural position.
When your mattress is too soft, your body can flop back and end up in an unnatural position. Although it feels good when you get into bed, this lack of support can leave you feeling achy and uncomfortable in the morning.
TOO FIRM CAN AFFECT ALIGNMENT
While a soft mattress can leave your body without the support it needs during the night, a firm mattress can do the opposite: prop your body up into a position that puts too much pressure on your spine and joints.
Have you ever slept on an overly firm mattress, only to end up with a sore back or shoulder? This is because your weight was piled onto one part of your body, with the natural curvature and alignment of your spine pushed out of sync.
The best mattress, according to experts, should be in the medium-to-firm range. It shouldn't be so soft that you sink into it with no support, but there should never be so much firmness and support that excess pressure is placed on your spine.
WEIGHT, SLEEP HABITS AND MATTRESS TYPE
Your body type can affect your ideal choice of mattress. Bigger, heavier people can benefit from mattresses that provide additional support, since their greater weight can lead to back or joint pain on mattresses that are too soft or firm.
Most people are best suited to an innerspring mattress – a type of mattress with coil springs inside, each of which is individually enclosed. Innerspring mattresses tend to have a memory foam or latex top for extra comfort and better sleep.
If you're overweight or an athlete with lots of muscle, an innerspring mattress is the best choice for your body. Generally speaking, the more springs in the mattress, the more supported your body will be while you sleep.
Over the last decade, mattresses made using memory foam have grown even more popular than before. Memory foam moulds to the shape of your body, providing a greater level of comfort than a typical innerspring mattress.
While most people benefit most from an innerspring mattress, there are specific situations in which a memory foam mattress is a better choice. If you struggle to sleep due to discomfort, the contouring of a memory foam mattress can help.
Memory foam is also a great choice if you frequently wake up with a sore back or shoulders due to pressure from your body weight. Since memory foam moulds to your body, you'll avoid the isolated soreness that a firm innerspring mattress can sometimes produce.
Finally, memory foam mattresses are an excellent choice if you share your bed with a partner who moves during the night. Since memory foam contours to your body, it can absorb movement, making it less likely you'll be disturbed and woken up.
DO YOU NEED A NEW MATTRESS?
Is your mattress keeping you up at night? Many people sleep on mattresses bought ten or fifteen years ago, many of which often don't make use of modern technology for better, deeper and more refreshing sleep.
If you frequently wake up with a sore back, sore neck, sore shoulders or any other type of specific pain, your mattress could be to blame. Replacing your mattress is a great way to reduce back and joint pain, not to mention enjoy better sleep!
We offer a wide range of mattresses suitable for all bed sizes and body types. Take a look at our selection of high quality mattresses and find the perfect model for deep, refreshing and uninterrupted sleep today.