Your mattress holds a special place in your heart. Of all the items you possess it’s possibly the one piece of furniture you own that feels like an extravagance. We are so fortunate to be alive in a time of never-ending choice. However, so much choice also brings its problems. Choosing the correct mattress is vital for not just your sleep, but also your quality of life. It’s not just an issue of comfort but also energy levels, health and general well-being. So with so many to choose from, which should you go for?
Know the Lingo
Like any other specialist product or service, mattresses have a vast array of names and terminology for the different variations. However don’t be fazed as most of these are self-explanatory.
“Hypoallergenic” is used to describe different types of foams and fibres that reduce allergies. However, exercise caution when choosing a mattress as some studies have shown that hypoallergenic products are not 100% guaranteed to be free from allergens. Recently the medical profession have called for regulation on the term so there is hope for us sufferers yet.
“Indentation Load Deflection” is the term used to measure the foams’ firmness by compressing the height of the mattress to 25%.
“Foam Encasing” is the inclusion of extra foam support around the outside of the mattress in order to provide a hard sitting surface and expandable sleeping surface.”
Are you suited to a Pillow top?
Lighter people are more suited to mattresses classed as pillow tops. A mattress that is thick at the top is classed as a pillow top. In other words, lighter people don’t compress the foam to any degree. Whereby, heavier and taller people are usually more comfortable with a little more foam cushion underneath them and the springs.
Matching a mattress to a bed
You would be shocked at the number of people who choose the wrong size mattress for their bed. If you are not sure, check the label on the existing mattress or perhaps use a measuring tape. It’s as simple as that. And it will save you a lot of unnecessary discomfort. Some people choose a back care mattress mattress which has great support to relieve those aches and pains.
Choosing the material
Mattresses come in a variety of different materials, shapes and sizes. Choose from air, water, spring, foam and coiled. Memory foam evenly distributes your weight as it adjusts to your body and relieves pressure off specific areas of your back. When you are not using it, the mattress returns to its original shape. Pocket sprung mattresses are made up of individual springs giving a cosy and firm feeling underneath. And orthopaedic mattresses are perfect for those with back problems. These come in pocket spring, foam, memory or coil spring varieties.
Speak with your doctor
A mattress can be a very personal thing. We spend the best part of our lives in each other’s company, and just like our sleeping habits, they can vary according to the individual. If you are not sure, speak with your doctor. This is possibly one of the wisest investments you will ever make, so seek professional advice, and do what is best for you.
If you have any questions about choosing the right mattress for you, don’t hesitate to contact us at Hanley’s Furniture. We are always delighted to help.