If you are one who struggles with insomnia, chronic backache or waking up at night when your spouse goes to the bathroom, consider if your mattress is the culprit. Having the right mattress ensures your body receives optimum comfort and restorative sleep, which in turn reduces your stress levels, improve energy levels and even prevent weight gain! Here’s how to sleep your way to better health.
What Type of Mattress Should I Buy?
If you’re trying to figure out the difference between pocket springs to latex in the universe of mattress, we have done the homework for you.
Like some spring in your mattress but want the motion isolation of memory foam? Hybrid mattresses that feature a combination of materials offer best of both worlds. These mattresses provide great comfort to suit even the pickiest of shoppers.
How Firm Should The Mattress Be?
For side sleepers
You will need a mattress of a softer scale, not one that is overly firm, to accommodate your spine's natural curvature and ensure that it is properly aligned.
For back sleepers
Medium-firm mattresses generally work best for back sleepers because they support the natural alignment of the spine while providing enough comfort.
For stomach sleepers
Opt for firm mattresses as they help to 'prop' the body, preventing sinkage and distortion to the spine.
What If My Partner’s Sleeping Style Is Different From Mine?
This is where compromise is key. Consider getting a customisable mattress, for example, a latex or water bed that can allow for different levels of firmness on each side. However, these may be harder to find, hence more time-consuming. Alternatively, opt for a medium-firm mattress that should cover most bases.
Ultimately, firmness can be subjective depending on a person's weight. A heavier person may find a firm mattress too soft while that same mattress may not work for a lighter person. Despite the manufacturer’s firmness rating of mattresses, trust your own judgement and test as many models as you need until you and your partner find one that hits the sweet spot.
What To Look Out For In The Buying Process?
When testing in-store, lie on the mattresses for about 15 mins to get a good feel. To simulate how they feel in relation to your current sleep habitat, bring along your current pillow for testing.
Read the fine print about the return policy and the extent of the warranty and their exclusions. At times, the warranty may not cover returns of defective mattress in instances where there are stains (due to a lack of a mattress protector), even if these stains are not located near the defects.
Understand what constitutes a return: whether you can get a full refund if the product is unsatisfactory, a portion of the original cost, or merely an exchange.
Finding a mattress is a matter of highly-individualised preferences. Take your time to test extensively, do your research, and shop around before springing for that mattress. Your back (and your wallet) will thank you for it.