Everything you need to know about mattresses
Mattresses are just a thing you sleep on, right? Wrong, they can truly make or break a good night’s sleep. And not only that, the wrong mattress won’t just interfere with a solid eight hours, it can potentially harm your back and neck, leaving you aching throughout the day.
So where do you start when it comes to getting your mattress right? Here’s everything you need to know, from being prepped before you start your search to finding the right one to and what you should do with it as soon as you get it home. We’ve also answered some of your frequently asked questions when it comes to mattress care.
What type of sleeper are you?
This is the first question you should be asking yourself, as the position you take up at night will play a huge part in which mattress you should choose.
Let’s break it down.
Side sleeper – If this is you, you really need to invest in a soft mattress as your sleeping position is already causing pressure on your spine, so you want your mattress to mould with your body shape and give you the support you need.
Back sleeper – sleeping on your back calls for a medium firm mattress, as this will give your lower back essential support while you slumber.
Front sleeper – it’s really not recommended, but some of us just can’t get enough of sleeping on our fronts. If you can’t resist, opt for a firm or extra firm mattress as it will keep you comfortable and stop you sinking into it, which would cause added pressure on your back.
What if I change positions?
Now that’s a great question. Many of us simply can’t be pigeonholed into a specific type of sleeper, as we’re restless and continually change position. If this is you, you’ll want to opt for a mattress that’s on the softer side.
But don’t just instantly assume you change position all the time, as you may predominantly sleep in one position meaning a soft mattress could be counterproductive. Try and figure out what your dominant position is – what feels most natural when you lie down? And how are you waking up?
So, now you’ve got an idea of the requisite firmness for you, it’s time to think about the type of mattress. Again, your needs and requirements will dictate the choice of mattress you go for.
The right mattress if you suffer from a bad back
Memory foam mattresses are an ideal choice if you suffer from back problems, as it will mould to your body, absorb your weight and relieve any pressure on your joints. It will also, as the name suggests, remember you and stay moulded to your body and sleeping position. If you suffer from allergies, you’ll be delighted to hear that memory foam mattresses are often hypoallergenic too.
The only real downside is that the material isn’t that breathable, so can prove hot during the summer months.
The right mattress for an investment
iGel mattresses are becoming increasingly popular, but they do cost a little more than your average choice. The cost is reflected in how hardwearing they are however, with the ability to stay in shape for many years.
As the name suggests they are filled with gel crystals which can be quite firm, so may be a better option for front sleepers. iGel is also extremely breathable, making them an excellent choice for temperature control.
The right mattress for couples
As a couple, if you’ve analysed your sleeping positions and your needs in terms of support, it’s unlikely you’ll both need exactly the same thing. A pocket sprung mattress is definitely a good choice here, as it will cater to you both, due to the individual small springs housed in the mattress fabric.
This means the separate springs will work with your different weights and needs. You can also make the choice from soft, medium or firm versions and they are much more breathable than both latex and memory foam. They can sometimes be heavy and difficult to turn, but there will of course be two of you.
The right mattress for the spare room
If you’re kitting out the spare room you don’t want to eat too far into your budget and you’ll also want to cater for a variety of people who’ll occasionally be using it. Open coil mattresses have one continuous wire coiled into several springs, making them a cheaper but slightly less supportive option. They are easy to turn however, ideal for flipping them over before the next guest arrives.
How can I be sure I’m making the right choice?
Even when armed with this information, it can still be hard to know what it is you’re looking for. The best way to get a feel for the difference between a soft, firm and extra-firm mattress is obviously to try them out, but at Bensons for Beds, you can do this in a more innovative way than ever before.
This is where Comfort Station Adaptive comes in. All of our mattresses are assigned a 1- 5 firmness rating, but it can be hard to pick up on the subtler differences when you’re hopping about store from mattress to mattress.
When you take a lie down at our Comfort Station, ground-breaking technology will allow you to cycle through our firmness ratings at the touch of a tablet screen, with the mattress’s properties changing at your request. Smart fabric also detects any particular pressure points in real-time 3D, helping to guide you towards the perfect choice.
Looking after your mattress – your questions answered
Should I air my mattress?
It’s important that you give your mattress a regular airing. You should do this for three to four hours as soon as you get it home from the manufacturer to remove any storage smells.
Should I continue airing it once it’s home?
It’s important to give your mattress a regular weekly airing. This is simple and straightforward to do and just involves removing the bed linen.
Do I need a mattress protector?
Mattress protectors do what they say on the tin. They protect and help keep it clean, which will ultimately prolong its life.
Do I need to turn my mattress?
Yes, it’s essential that you regularly turn your mattress. Remember, you made the investment according to your sleeping style and individual requirements. Not turning it may begin to impact this, as over time it will soften, gradually reducing the level of support it gives you.
How often should I turn my mattress?
You should try and turn your mattress around every three months. However, there’s no one size fits all rule and you should try and use your judgement – if it’s starting to feel soft and like it won’t give you the required support, turn it.
So now you know. Have a think about what kind of sleeper you are, if you have any back or neck problems, and what your budget’s looking like. Remember, a good mattress is a real investment. Find yours today >