10 Facts You Need to Know Before Buying a Mattress
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So before buying a mattress, here are 10 facts you need to know.
A flat conventional mattress can’t provide the contoured support your body needs
- Flat uniform mattresses don’t contour to your body shape, meaning they lack the capacity to provide quality support for your neck, shoulders, hips and lower back
- A conventional “uniform” mattress can be made from any number of materials including pocket springs; bonnel/box springs; foam; memory foam; latex or a combination of these materials
- Ergonomic beds are specifically designed to adapt to your body in a way that conventional, flat mattresses simply cannot, making them a great choice is you’re looking to invest in your own wellbeing and a buy a mattress that delivers mores benefits.
Comfort or Support: If you buy a mattress on comfort alone you’re missing the opportunity for better sleep that adjustable support delivers.
- Comfort refers to the padding layers of the mattress; when you hear the terms soft, medium or firm – they are in fact referring to the comfort layer, not the support level. As good as they feel, comfort layers do not provide support
- Support is how the mattress contours and adjusts to the shape of your body
- Don’t be fooled by the comfort layer when testing beds, it’s the core of the bed which provides support
Firm Box-spring mattresses do not provide contoured support
- Box spring mattresses are generally a firm spring, with the resulting pressure known to cause shoulder and hip soreness
- Normally referred to as orthopedic, chiropractic or Posturepedic mattresses, box spring mattresses are not ergonomically designed or capable of delivering adjustable support to your individual physique
Memory foam mattresses do not reduce pressure
- Despite their marketing campaigns and claims, Memory Foam, Visco and Tempur are actually all made of a similar basic composition
- They are a man-made synthetic product first developed by NASA
- Contrary to claims, memory foam does not reduce pressure or deliver the kind of support your body needs to maintain alignment through the night
If partner disturbance is an issue…
- A flat uniform mattress doesn’t have the ability to reduce partner disturbance, which is often caused by different height and weight distribution
- Getting in and out of bed, tossing and turning, snoring, neck, lower back & hip issues are all the enemy of quality rest and optimal recovery
- A bed with dual comfort zones that can be customised to suit the needs of both partners, or has independent adjustability on either side, is an excellent option for people to combat these disturbances
Soft and cuddly mattresses can cause bed heat and body impression problems
- Our bodies create heat; conventional mattress technology may actually trap that heat – so if temperature is an issue for you while you sleep, the quality and construction of your mattress needs to be a high priority
- The design of your mattress can determine just how much your temperature rises:
- The thicker the comfort layer, the hotter the bed
- The plusher or softer the comfort layer, the hotter the bed
- Euro tops and pillow tops can trap more heat
- A tight top mattress does not trap heat
A natural latex mattress will help with allergies
- Natural latex provides an organic mattress with allergy free properties
- The interconnecting cell structure of latex provides a natural ventilation system that allows heat and body moisture to dissipate
- Many latex mattresses are made firmer by the addition of synthetic hardening compounds
- If you suffer allergies insist on all natural products within the latex
The right mattress and base can help with snoring and sleep apnoea
- A flat uniform mattress can obstruct your windpipe leading to a variety of sleep issues, like snoring and sleep apnoea. It’s caused by the pressure incorrect support places on your head, neck and/or shoulders
- An ergonomic mattress which adjusts to the contours of your body to accommodate your unique size and shape drastically reduces stress on these areas, consequently lowering your likelihood of snoring and sleep apnoea.
Children’s bedding can adjust with their growth
- Young growing bodies need proper support and comfort for a good night’s sleep
- Poor quality sleep can cause reduced performance at school, poor decision making and a greater tendency toward moodiness or low concentration
- A combination of a lighter responsive spring mattress, or supportive foam or latex mattresses with an ergonomic base forms a supportive bed that can be adjusted as your child grows
It’s important to know the pros and cons of each mattress type
- It’s only overwhelming if you don’t make it your priority to find out a bit more about the different options available to you. When it comes to mattresses there are quite a few of them.
- Do your research on popular mattress types, how they perform and who they’re best suited to. Need help? We’ve done the hard yards for you and
outlined pros and cons for the most popular mattress types right here.