How to Choose a Mattress that’s right for you
Have you been tossing and turning all night in your bed?
It’s probably because your mattress is too old and no longer offers the level of softness
and firmness it once used to. This is why it is important that the next mattress you buy,
should be the right fit for you.
We know that choosing a mattress is not an easy task!
The wrong level of firmness or bounce can cause backaches and keep you up all night.
To help you get a good night’s sleep, here’s a short guide on how to choose your mattress:
Types of Mattresses
To make your decision, you need to know that there are different types of mattresses:
– Memory Foam Mattress: This type contours to your body and relieves pressure.
– Innerspring Mattress: This mattress has coils that give strong support and bounce.
– Air Mattress: This mattress is pumped with air to your desired level of firmness.
– Latex Mattress: This mattress has more bounce as compared to an innerspring mattress
and it provides a cool sleep.
– Hybrid Mattress: This mattress is a combination of latex layers, innersprings and memory foam.
It provides both support and softness.
Now that you know about the types of mattress, let’s discuss how to choose a mattress
based on this information.
Guide to Choosing Your Mattress
Mattress Lifespan: Obviously, this is one of the most important factors to consider;
you don’t want to end up buying a new mattress after a few months. Latex has the
longest lifespan, followed by memory foam. The next in line are hybrid, innerspring
and air mattress, respectively.
Mattress Type: What type of sleep problem are you suffering from?
Take into account your symptoms and then choose the mattress type accordingly.
Here are some of the average prices for the different types of mattresses, According to what you can afford, you can shortlist the options: (All figures below are for references only and not actual prices.)
Firmness: Memory foam is the best mattress material when it comes to firmness.
However, mattresses having a combination of materials can also offer great comfort.
*The “mattress firmness” scale is marked from 1 to 10. The firmness of a mattress is
chosen depending on your body’s weight and sleeping position.
• 150 Pounds (68 Kg) or Less: 0.5 to 1 firmness
• More than 150 Pounds: 5 to 7 firmness
• More than 200 Pounds (90 Kg): 5 to 7 firmness (having a 4″ comfort layer)
• Back: If you like to sleep on your back, then buy a mattress that offers comfort,
as well as a firm surface.
• Stomach: If you sleep on your stomach, buy a mattress that provides your body with
uniform support and a straight lying position.
• Side: Side sleepers tend to change their position throughout the night. Hence,
if you sleep on your sides, you should buy a mattress that is softer and less firm.
Tips for a Comfortable Sleep
• If you suffer from back pain, then choose a wedge pillow that allows you to sleep in an
• If you are a side sleeper, then to sleep comfortably without knocking your knees together,
buy a knee pillow.
• Lay down light sheets on the bed if you are prone to overheating at night
• Choose natural fiber pillows for an enveloping and cozy sleep
And that’s it, folks! Keep these factors in mind when choosing a mattress and you won’t regret
your decision. Happy mattress hunting!