How to Choose a Sleep Mattress
Mattresses can wear down quickly, especially when they are frequently flipped and rotated. 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 works 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. 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 natural and organic mattresses and those that are CertiPUR-US certified may have an odor when you first unwrap them.
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 made from the sap of rubber trees and offers a resilient, slightly responsive feel without the hugging sensation that memory foam delivers. 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 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.
Selecting a mattress
It’s important to find a mattress that provides you with a good night’s rest. The mattress that you choose should be comfortable and support your neck and back. 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.
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 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 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.
It’s important to compare prices and read reviews when shopping for a new mattress. 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 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. 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.