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 mattress tend to be softer, which some people like because they can cradle their bodies. 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 sold today are shipped compressed and rolled into 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.
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. 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.
Choose a mattress that contains either Talalay or Dunlop latex. Both have the same benefits, but Talalay latex is a more consistent material.
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.
Choosing 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 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.
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. 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.