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 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 a soft, cushioned surface that you lie on when 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 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
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. 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 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.
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 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. 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 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. 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.