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 mattresses tend to have a softer feel that some people enjoy because they can cradle the body. 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 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 are shipped rolled and compressed in a box. They quickly expand when you open them. 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. 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
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 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’re considering polyfoam, choose a hybrid model that uses individually wrapped coils to 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
You should choose a mattress that will give you a good night of sleep. The mattress you choose should have a comfortable feel and support your back and neck. A mattress should also be durable enough to last 10 years or more. You can also look for a mattress that offers good motion isolation so you won’t be disturbed when your partner moves or gets up.
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. In addition, you should make sure the mattress is made in the United States and doesn’t contain fiberglass, a synthetic flame retardant that has been linked to health problems.
Buying a mattress
Mattresses are a big investment, and picking the right one can be tricky. There are many things to consider: the size of the room and bed you will be using, your budget, your medical conditions and allergies, your sleeping partner, the material used, and the size and shape of the mattress.
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.
It’s best to test mattresses before purchasing them, as sleep comfort is subjective. Some brands offer hassle-free returns and sleep trials, but make sure you read the fine print so that you understand the conditions and fees involved with returning a bed. 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.