By : Benjamin Chew
08 August 2016
We spend a third of our life sleeping, so choosing the right mattress is important. Not only will it ensure a good night’s sleep, it can also prevent body aches and pains that come from mattresses that do not give sufficient support and comfort.
Here’s a quick guide you can refer to when going mattress-shopping.
Step 1 – Determine your budget
Think about how long you will be using the mattress. Consider investing in a better quality one for that additional comfort.
Nonetheless, a good mattress need not be an expensive splurge. You just need to set aside a comfortable budget, and wait for the next sale! 🙂
Step 2 – Check the options available
Given the many choices for mattresses, consider which type will best fit your needs.
Innerspring mattresses are the most widely available type. Its inner structure is made up of metal coils surrounded by different types of cushioning. They are relatively affordable as compared to other mattress types, and come in various firmness and comfort levels, suitable for everyone.
Over time, the coils may break down and become ‘squeaky’. If you tend to move about in your sleep, your partner may feel the ‘ripple effect’ on their side of the bed.
2. Memory Foam
Memory foam mattresses are increasingly popular with those with back or joint pains, as the material supports the body’s natural alignment without placing additional pressure. The foam material moulds around your body, giving it the contouring support that it needs. Quality memory foam mattresses typically last longer than other mattress types.
Foam is a poor conductor of heat so you may feel warmer after sleeping on these mattresses for some time.
Latex mattresses come in a variety of firmness levels to suit your preference. They are also said to be hypoallergenic, and thus better for people with sensitive skin. Latex is more resilient in keeping its shape and hence more durable than other types of mattresses.
Not many stores carry latex mattresses, and natural latex versions may be expensive. Similar to memory foam mattresses, latex tends to retain body heat as well. Also if you change your sheets frequently, make sure to get help as latex mattresses are heavy!
Air-filled mattresses allow you to customise their firmness to your preference, for both sides! That means you and your partner can adjust the mattress’ firmness according to your personal liking. Since the firmness is adjustable, such mattresses also provide adequate structural support for the body, to ease any pains.
Air-filled mattresses may be more costly than other mattress types. Some parts, such as the pump, may need to be replaced over time.
Step 3 – Lie on it
Before you commit to buying a mattress, do test it out first. Some mattress retailers even offer sleep studios within their stores, where you can test the mattresses to your heart’s content!
Wear comfortable clothes and lie down on the mattress without any footwear. Spend a couple of minutes lying on each side to make sure it’s the right one for you.
Specialists or trained service staff on hand can provide good advice on picking the right mattress.
With these tips, we hope your new mattress brings you a good night of sleep!
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