How To Find The Perfect Mattress For You
We spend around a third of our lives in bed or sleeping. When you consider that fact, it seems obvious that we should take more care about how we spend that time – and a comfortable mattress will go a very long way towards making sure that we spend that third of our lives in comfort. Here are the details you need to keep in mind when looking for the perfect mattress.
A mattress needs to provide adequate support to your shoulders, buttocks and heels, while ensuring that your spine is properly aligned. Now, it’s important to note that soft mattresses can still provide adequate support, as compared to harder ones; that said, research does seem to indicate that firmer mattresses cause less back pain than softer ones. Of course, your personal results might vary – but that’s something to keep in mind.
Of course, the only way to really check if a mattress is good for you is to try it out yourself. While doing so, try to replicate your customary sleeping posture and position as much as possible. In fact, the best way to go about this is to carry your own pillow with you and use it when you’re trying the mattresses out. Now, that might seem a bit extreme to you, but this is an important decision and is one that’s worth taking some effort over. The more you can replicate your natural sleeping conditions, the easier it becomes to tell if a mattress is right for you.
Mattresses are made out of a variety of materials, each with their own distinct properties and advantages. Innerspring mattresses (the ones with coils) offer firmer support, making it easier to get in and out of bed. They also are better for people with chronic back pain. Meanwhile, memory foam mattresses are much-loved thanks to their ability to mold to the shape of your body as you sleep, providing high levels of comfort. They reduce the pressure exerted on your body and, as a bonus, also absorb movement so that a restless sleeper won’t disturb his/her partner. Latex mattresses offer something of a compromise between innerspring and memory foam, being firmer and more supportive than the memory foam while also being more comfortable and forgiving than innerspring mattresses. Ultimately, this choice is entirely down to personal preference – you’ll have to try each type and see what works best for you.
And finally, how do you know it’s time to get a new mattress? When you start waking up with back pain, especially pain that persists until you do some stretches and get rid of it, that’s when you need to be looking for a new mattress. And we hope that, with the help of the above tips, you’re fully equipped to go out there and find the right one for you!