Choosing the right mattress for your specific situation and needs can be an extensive and downright exhausting task sometimes.
Choosing between the different types, firmness and fillings can be confusing and in the end you could be buying the completely wrong type of mattress. This can be quite harmful when you have a bad back or hip, with the wrong mattress this can only aggravate the situation.
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Mattresses come in all kinds of varieties with differing firmness levels to each. Some sellers of beds and mattresses also have their own individual scale to measure the firmness of a mattress, making the process even more complicated. When it comes down to it, the firmness scales totally come down to your own personal preference or your age, weight, gender and a number of other factors.
A firm mattress is usually good for anyone that sleeps mainly on their back, giving them the correct firmness for back support. For medium and slightly firm mattresses, stomach sleepers usually find these the best since it provides the support needed to keep your spine in alignment. Finally, for soft to medium mattresses, side sleepers find these most suitable as it’s able to contour and adapt to the curves on the body. Selecting a mattress that gives you ample support required for a healthy sleep.
This may seem like a lot to take in while shopping for a new mattress, but a little research needs to go into a purchase that you will essentially be using for 8 hours of your day. Mattresses is the one thing you don’t want to impulse buy on, with so many variables at play, all must be considered.
Fillings are equally as important when deciding on your mattress, since they can have a large effect on the quality of your sleep and the life of your mattress.
Most people don’t usually factor in the fillings when testing out a mattress in store, as such can end up regretting it when a few weeks into sleeping on it, they found out that they’re allergic to the material used. Materials such as latex and memory foam are useful if you’re prone to allergies since they are so firmly compressed together that dust cannot freely move around, affecting you and anyone else that may have allergies.
On the other hand, if you’re prone to hot and sweaty nights, more than the usual person then a memory foam mattress may not be the best for you. Since the memory foam is so compact, then it’s unable to regulate temperature as well, resulting in a sweatier night disturbing your sleep greatly. Since memory foam needs your heat to mould properly then it could be directly causing your restless nights. Pursue other options such as wool fillings, as its a natural thermoregulator and can absorb quite a bit of moisture.
Your current health situation is something you should take into account when deciding on your mattress. A lot of the time it’s usually why you’re on the lookout for a new mattress since your current one isn’t helping the situation or is directly causing it. A bad back or hip can be greatly aggravated by a bad mattress, being too firm or too soft, even springs that are too old begin to mishape and poke out.
A lot of people advise an orthopedic mattress for sufferers of back and neck pain, but this isn’t always the case as some people complain that they’re too hard, worsening the pain. It’s always best when you’re suffering from any pain, to aim for a well-made mattress that’s not too soft or too firm, going for the middle ground.
Being too soft allows you to sink too far into the mattress, not providing you with enough support for your neck or back. Too firm allows for too much pressure on these points, not allowing them to relax or repair.
One of the largest points when it comes to mattress selection, but a point that shouldn’t be skipped.
When it comes to mattresses, never go for the cheaper deal. For something that you’re spending a large portion of your life on it should be equally represented price wise. The price is usually the first thing you see when searching for mattresses, but for a lifespan of up to 10 years, it’s worth it for a relaxing, healthy sleep, 7+ hours a day.
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