Given that you and your family will spend nearly a third of your lives sleeping, it makes sense to invest time in choosing the right mattress.
After all, you’ll use it more than any other piece of furniture in your home.
But if your mattress is too hard or too soft, you won’t get the quality of sleep that you need. You’ll awake every day feeling and looking as if you need a good night’s sleep!
Worse, a mattress that’s too firm or soft can cause back, neck and shoulder pain and leave you with other problems likes pins and needles or numbness.
So how do you choose the right mattress? The following tips will help you to find the perfect mattress.
Look for a mattress that provides support and cushioning
The mattress you choose should support your spine in proper alignment and provide cushioning for your hips and shoulders.
Your weight will dictate the type of mattress tension you need—if you’re light (under 8 stone), softer mattresses will suit you best whereas if you’re heavier, firmer mattresses will provide better support.
If you and your partner have vastly different weights, you can buy combination mattresses that have different tensions on each side. These are known as ‘dual comfort’ mattresses.
Or you can buy pocket-sprung mattresses since these will provide you and your partner with all the support you need.
Each spring is encapsulated in its own fabric pocket. The individual springs adjust to your weight and movement during the night, giving you all the support you need.
Among the best are Myers and the Rolls Royce of pocket-sprung mattresses, handcrafted Hypnos mattresses from the only bedmaker to supply all the Royal Family and Royal residences with mattresses and beds since 1929.
Test the mattress before you buy
Here’s how to test if you’ve found the right mattress in the showroom: lie down on the mattress and slide your hand under the small of your back.
If you’ve found the right mattress, you should be able to just pass your hand in the gap. If the gap is large, the mattress is too soft. If there is no gap, then the mattress is too firm.
Avoid mattresses that are too hard or too soft
The problem with sleeping on a mattress that’s too hard is that you will spend the entire night trying to find a comfortable position. Cue lots of tossing and turning. That’s going to have a negative impact on your and your partner’s sleep.
It’s also going to put a lot of stress on your spine.
Mattresses that are too soft can be just as problematic. That’s because they allow your body to sink into a position which causes your spine to curve and your shoulders and hips to pinch in.
You’re likely to experience pins and needles and even numbness from this position. Not what you want from a mattress!
Spend as much as you can afford on your mattress
It might be tempting to skimp on your next mattress but that will be a false economy.
A quality mattress can last a decade or longer before it needs to be replaced whereas a cheap, poorly made mattress will need replacing within a couple of years.
You’re also unlikely to enjoy great sleep with a poor-quality mattress.
Use these tips and you’ll find the perfect mattress and be rewarded with high-quality sleep every night.