How to Choose a Sleep Mattress
Mattresses wear out quickly, particularly when they are rotated and flipped frequently. Excessive folding and heavy objects placed on the mattress can also lead to accelerated deterioration.
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 the soft, cushioned surface you lie on while sleeping. It is usually paired with a bed frame 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 mattresses may have a strong smell due to the chemicals used in making 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. Consider the materials used in a mattress’ construction and its 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. It’s also a popular choice for people who are allergic to memory foam or are looking to reduce the risk of future allergies.
Look for a mattress with either Dunlop or Talalay latex. Both have the same benefits, but Talalay latex is a more consistent material.
Polyurethane is another type of foam that is commonly used in mattresses. It comes in different densities. Look for a mattress with CertiPUR US certification, which indicates that the foam is free of formaldehyde, heavy metals and ozone depleters. If you’re considering polyfoam, choose a hybrid model that uses individually wrapped coils to improve motion isolation. This is an excellent choice for those who sleep with a companion or move around a lot in their sleep.
Choosing 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.
When choosing a mattress, you’ll need to consider your sleeping position, the size of your bed and the type of materials in the mattress. You should also be aware of any issues or complaints about a specific mattress you’re 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
Mattresses are a big investment, and picking the right one can be tricky. 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.
It’s important to compare prices and read reviews when shopping for a new mattress. However, be sure to take reviews with a grain of salt and understand the context in which they were written.
Since sleep comfort is subjective, it’s best to test mattresses in person before making a purchase. 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.