If you sleep for the recommended 8 hours a day, you will have spent a whopping 2,688 hours sleeping by the time the year ends. Sometimes, you nap on the couch or doze off in your car, but a huge fraction of these hours are spent sleeping on your bed.
Now, imagine sleeping for these many hours on the wrong mattress? Backaches, spinal problems, headaches and fatigue are only a few of the numerous complications that crop up as a result.
Nip it in the bud and get yourself the best mattress for a healthy and goodnight’s sleep. Want to know how to choose? Here are some tips to help.
- Choose the Best Type
As exciting as it is to shop for a new mattress, don’t be too distracted by the designs and the low price tags. Mattresses come in different types. This is where your focus should be. Common types of mattresses include,
Inner spring mattress-This type of mattress has a thick top and bottom layer of foam with a layer of springs/coils dividing the two in the middle. This mattress is great for when you love that floating sensation as it has plenty of bounce.
Foam mattress-Most people prefer foam mattresses because this type of mattress cushions your body as you lay down. It offers support to different parts of your body where it is most needed. Once you get up, the foam mattress slowly bounces back to its original shape.
Air mattress-Like a balloon, you pump air to inflate an air mattress to make it firm. This type of mattress is great because you can adjust its firmness at will. No need to buy a different mattress because it’s either too firm or too bouncy.
- Sleeping Position
What kind of sleeper are you? Do you normally sleep on your side, stomach or back? The type of sleeper you are may also hint towards the best mattress to pick. Some mattresses are designed with modifications to accommodate various sleeping positions. For example, you may find that a mattress made for a back sleeper has a slight incline towards the head to help enhance comfort and comfortable breathing during sleep.
- What’s Your Budget?
You most likely have a set price in mind. You already have an idea of how much you’ll spend to purchase this mattress. Whatever your budget is, know that there’s a mattress out there that fits. However, don’t set your budget too low that you are only forced to settle for something mediocre. But not too high that you take months to recover financially.
The key to finding the perfect balance here is by focusing on getting value for money. Forget about the famous labels and brands.
- How Much Do you Weigh?
The rule of thumb here is that the more you weigh, the more support you will need. No matter how hard/firm a mattress is it will sink in if you lie on it. Too much sinking and discomfort creeps in. You must find the middle ground. In this case, the best mattress is one that sinks in just enough to support you in different sleeping positions and pressure points throughout the night.
Choose the right firmness. Usually, firmness ranges between 5 and 7. But there are rock hard mattresses with a firmness level of 10. If you are more on the lighter side, you can take a mattress whose firmness level is 5 or 6. But if you are slightly heavier in weight, a firmness level of 7 or more will suffice.
Many adverts you see online or on television can mislead you into believing that the mattress being featured is the best. However, you must have all your preferences at your fingertips to know the type of mattress that is truly right for you. Above are some useful pointers to make sure you go home with a mattress that encourages rest during sleep and one that will last you for a long, long time.