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 can have a topper. This is a separate layer which adds comfort. It can be replaced without having to replace the entire mattress.
Many mattresses sold today are shipped compressed and rolled into 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 natural and organic mattresses and those that are CertiPUR-US certified may have an odor when you first unwrap them.
There are many types of mattresses available. The right one for you will depend on your body type and sleep position, weight, and health conditions. For example, back and neck pain is more effectively treated with medium-firm or firmer models that keep your spine in a neutral position. You should also consider the materials used to make a mattress and its construction location.
Types of mattresses
Latex mattresses are a great option for those who want a natural, eco friendly mattress that provides excellent support, as well as great contouring. 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.
Choose a mattress that contains either Talalay or Dunlop latex. Both materials have the same benefits but Talalay is a more consistent product.
Polyurethane is another type of foam that is commonly used in mattresses. It comes in different 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 a good choice for people who sleep with a partner or tend to move around in their sleep.
Selecting a mattress
It’s important to find a mattress that provides you with a good night’s rest. The mattress you choose should have a comfortable feel and support your back and neck. 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 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
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. Take reviews with a pinch of salt, and make sure you understand the context.
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. Also, make sure the mattress you buy meets flammability standards. Lastly, make sure the company you’re purchasing from provides reliable shipping and delivery services that will set up your mattress for you and haul away your old one.