You spend eight hours a day, sometimes more than that, lying on your bed, whether it’s for relaxing downtime or some shuteye. And it’s safe to say that the quality of your sleep will have a big effect on the rest of your day. There can be many reasons you’re losing sleep but there’s not a big chance you’re thinking that your mattress is the culprit.
A lot of people surprisingly take this fact for granted but the grade and condition of your mattress have a considerable impact on how well you sleep. If you think you need a replacement, you’ll need to give some thought on a few things.
Does Your Mattress Need Changing?
Buying a new mattress is not cheap, but if you always feel restless, or keep waking up with body pain, or just feel like you’re not getting the rest you need, the investment will be worth it. The average lifespan of a mattress is about seven to eight years, although it varies from type to type.
Take a moment to inspect the type of materials used and the integrity of the mattress as a whole. It’s possible that you just have to replace the coils inside, and in that case, you can look for a custom spring manufacturer in your area that can provide what you need without you having to buy a brand new piece.
Different Mattress Types For Different Needs
This can be a difficult choice to make, but in the end, it all depends on your preference. Spring mattresses are usually the cheapest and most commonly used. They provide great support and bounce and the more coils or layers of coils there are inside, the better.
For those who are susceptible to aches, memory foam mattresses might be the best choice. They contour around the body to relieve pressure while still giving a good amount of support. A downside to this type of mattress is the added heat, but newer models seem to have addressed this problem well.
Latex mattresses are known to be especially cool without sacrificing comfort and bounce. Keep in mind that the latter two choices are more expensive, and some hybrid models offer qualities from each type.
How Do You Fit in?
Finally, you have to make a choice that corresponds to your specific needs. Firmness (not to be confused with support) has varying levels (soft, medium, and firm) and how firm a mattress feels will largely depend on your body type and weight.
Lighter people will typically prefer softer options that don’t sink too much, while heavier people do better with a firmer mattress to deal with the increased pressure. The same thing applies to light sleepers, who need softer mattresses because they change positions more often.
Your sleeping position should also be considered before you decide. A soft mattress would relieve a lot of pressure from the neck and back of side sleepers, but they could be problematic with back or stomach sleepers who could experience lower back pain with a mattress that’s too soft.
Ultimately, the best method to figure out the best option is a combination of research, experience, and real-time trials. Take your time because buying a mattress is like making a long term life-altering commitment.