A good mattress can help you to have a good night’s sleep – yet it can be hard to find the best option because there are so many different choices on offer. Mattresses seem to have become very technical in recent years – in fact, some have even been based on research carried out by US space agency NASA and are called “sleep systems”!
So, what makes a good mattress and what should you look out for when you’re buying a new one? The top-level “sleep systems” cost up to £40,000 each (the same as a mid-range BMW) but is it really necessary to pay out the price of a luxury car just to get a good night’s sleep?
The answer is “no”, of course! There are plenty of mattresses out there for under £200 that will provide comfort and durability. While it’s not recommended that you buy a “bargain basement” mattress, or a second-hand one, it’s not necessary to spend the earth either.
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Experts say a good-quality mattress should last between seven and ten years. After this, it can start to become uncomfortable and you may not get a good night’s sleep.
Factors to take into account when looking for a mattress include the size, type, fabric and the price. While the size is easy to decide, as this will depend on whether you have a single, double, or king-size bed, it can be more challenging choosing the type of mattress.
Once you’ve decided on an affordable budget, it’s time to start looking at the options. Many people choose an orthopaedic mattress, as it prevents your body from sinking too deeply into the bed.
The orthopaedic mattress is especially firm, as it’s designed to support your muscles, joints and bones. By reducing the strain on your spine and improving your posture, this means it can be beneficial for people with back problems. It can also help you to sleep better, so you’ll have better energy levels during the day.
Another popular choice is the memory foam mattress. Memory foam is said to provide pressure-relieving benefits, helping to prevent pressure sores and minimise discomfort in sensitive areas.
When you lie down on the mattress, the material will yield and adjust to your shape, instead of you contouring to the shape of the mattress. Today, the memory foam mattress has transformed from being something of a novelty into a credible alternative to spring mattresses.
Get the best of both worlds by choosing a memory pocket mattress. Choose one that is upholstered in a top-quality, soft-touch fabric for extra comfort.
Beneath the fabric, a combination of memory foam and hundreds of pocket springs provide comfort, air circulation and durability. The pocket springs will mould to your body’s shape and give a good level of support. With each spring being individual, if two people are sleeping side-by-side in the same bed, they won’t be disturbed by each other’s movement.
The ever-popular sprung mattress is still a good option. When a mattress has springs, its firmness depends on how many there are. A high-quality sprung mattress can contain multiple layers of hand-tufted filling for exceptional comfort.
Considering we spend around one-third of our life in bed sleeping, and many more hours watching television, reading or simply relaxing, a good mattress is very important, in terms of getting a good night’s sleep and ensuring the ultimate in comfort.
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