The assumption when writing this is that you have already determined that you need to get a new mattress. As such, we will not get into the intricacies and the details of how exactly you will know when it is time to get a new mattress. However, just but to graze the surface, your mattress probably is hurting you and most often than not, you wake up more tired than you went to bed. You probably feel better sleeping in a hotel that in your own bed or maybe you are looking to get a bigger size. Whichever the case, the goal of this article is to aid you in getting the best mattress. Speaking of which, many ask this question; which is the best mattress? The answer to this is not as straight forward as you might have been led to believe. There are several factors that ought to be considered during the purchase of a mattress. It is these factors that make a mattress best for a particular individual and not for the other.
This article will help you to select the best mattress for you and not to make the mistake of paying a penny more that you should for a particular mattress in the market. Before we get into it, you should note that the mattress is one of the most important pieces of furniture that you will have in your home, probably more important than even your couch. 8 hours are the recommended sleeping hours every night. Going with this figure, it means that you will spend at the very least, 1/3 of our life lying on a mattress.
Major factors to consider when buying a mattress
While making a purchase for a mattress, there are two major factors that you should put into consideration; support and comfort.
You will want the mattress to provide you with the proper alignment from your head to toe to prevent you from getting a back ache in the morning and absorb the pressure you exert on it rather than it pressing against you. This will help you sleep peacefully without tossing and turning throughout the night. If you get a mattress that provides you with the proper alignment and does not put any pressure on your body, then you know you have found the best mattress for you.
Other minor factors to consider include:-
Temperature – you want the temperature of the surface of the mattress to match yours. If the mattress is too cold or too warm; it will interfere with your sleep. This is what professionals in the industry refer to as thermoneutrality.
Motion separation – if you have a partner, you know how unnerving it can get when your partner gets out of bed in the middle of the night and wake you regardless of how quiet he/she tries to be. The mattress you buy should be able to separate the motion to enable you to sleep like a baby even with these movements.
Edge support – if you are the type to roll over to the edge of the bed, you will not want to feel as though you are about to fall off a cliff.
So now thatyou have the basics, let us look at them in a little bit more detail.
How do you test for support?
This is undoubtedly the most important factor. You will need a mattress that will push up against your body to counter your body’s weight. This means that you will need a firm, stone hard mattress right? Well, wrong.
Bear in mind that your body is not a straight line regardless of whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach. You have curves and the mattress should be able to support these curves, the same way a shoe supports the arch under the foot. This is the only way the mattress will ensure proper alignment of the spine.
The same thing will happen if you are lying on an extremely soft surface like in a hammock. What you want is for the mattress to contour your body and hold it in a state of neutral alignment.
How to test for comfort
You may also hear some referring to it as pressure relief. If a mattress is too firm and hard, it just might cause pressure to your body parts. This barrs the circulation and presses down on the nerves. The result is some pin and needle like feeling in your body causing you discomfort and to shift numerous times.
Constantly shifting when asleep cuts off your sleep and its different stages. The result is you waking up feeling extremely tired and thinking you got 8 hours of sleep, just because you went to bed 8 hours ago.
While choosing a mattress, if you can lie on it for several minutes without feeling the need to shift, then you indeed have yourself a good mattress.
With the above points, you surely should be able to take home the best mattress for you – one that suits your sleeping positions and needs perfectly.