How to Choose a Sleep Mattress
Mattresses wear out quickly, particularly when they are rotated and flipped frequently. Mattresses can also deteriorate faster if they are folded excessively or have heavy objects placed on them.
All-foam mattress tend to be softer, which some people like because they can cradle their bodies. This type of mattress is often best for side sleepers.
What is a Mattress?
A mattress is a soft, cushioned surface that you lie on when sleeping. It is usually paired up with a bedframe and sheets. A mattress may have a topper, which is a separate layer that adds comfort and can be replaced without replacing the whole mattress.
Many mattresses are shipped rolled and compressed in a box. When you open them, they quickly inflate. Some may have a strong odor from the chemicals used to make them flame-retardant. Even organic and natural mattresses, as well as those that are CertiPUR US certified, may have a strong odor upon unwrapping.
Many types of mattresses are available, and choosing the right one for you depends on your body type, sleep position, weight and health conditions. Back and neck pain can be treated more effectively with models that are medium-firm or a little firmer. These models keep your spine in neutral position. You should also consider the materials used to make a mattress and its construction location.
Types of mattresses
If you prefer a natural, eco-friendly mattress option that also provides excellent support and great contouring, consider latex mattresses. Latex is derived from the sap of rubber tree and provides a resilient, slightly responsive feeling without the hugging effect that memory foam offers. People who are allergic or want to reduce their risk of future allergies often choose latex.
Look for a mattress with either Dunlop or Talalay latex. Both materials have the same benefits but Talalay is a more consistent product.
Polyurethane foam is another common type of mattress material and can come in a range of densities. CertiPUR certification is a good indicator that the foam in a mattress is free from formaldehyde and heavy metals. If you are considering polyfoam mattresses, look for a hybrid model with individually wrapped coils. This will improve motion isolation. This is an excellent choice for those who sleep with a companion or move around a lot in their sleep.
Selecting a mattress
You should choose a mattress that will give you a good night of sleep. The mattress that you choose should be comfortable and support your neck and back. A mattress should be durable enough to last at least 10 years. You can also choose a mattress with good motion isolation to avoid being disturbed by your partner’s movements.
You should consider your sleeping position as well as the size of your mattress and the materials used in it. You should also look into any complaints or issues with the mattress you are considering.
If you’re shopping for a mattress online, make sure to check the return policy and whether the company charges shipping or handling fees. You should also make sure that the mattress was made in the United States, and does not contain fiberglass, which is a synthetic flame retardant linked to health issues.
Buying a mattress
It can be difficult to choose the right mattress, as they are an expensive investment. There are many factors to consider, including the size of your room and bed, medical ailments and allergies, who will be sleeping with you, the material with which it is made, and your budget.
When shopping for a mattress, it’s important to read reviews and compare prices. However, be sure to take reviews with a grain of salt and understand the context in which they were written.
It’s best to test mattresses before purchasing them, as sleep comfort is subjective. Some brands offer sleep trials and hassle-free return policies, but be sure to check the fine print to ensure that they are clear about the conditions of the trial and any fees associated with returning a mattress. Make sure that the mattress you purchase meets flammability requirements. Make sure that the company you are purchasing from offers reliable shipping and delivery services. They should also be able to set up your new mattress and remove your old one.