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 works 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
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. People who are allergic or want to reduce their risk of future allergies often choose latex.
Choose a mattress that contains either Talalay or Dunlop 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 a good choice for people who sleep with a partner or tend to move around in their sleep.
Choosing 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 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 look into any complaints or issues with the mattress you are 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
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.
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.
It’s best to test mattresses before purchasing them, as sleep comfort is subjective. 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. 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.