Mattresses Sleep By Numbers

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 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 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 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 organic and natural mattresses, as well as those that are CertiPUR US certified, may have a strong odor upon unwrapping.

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’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

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 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 be aware of any issues or complaints about a specific mattress you’re considering.

When shopping for a new mattress online, be sure to check out the return policy. Also, find out if the company charges any 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. 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.