Five steps to the perfect mattress
Brits are notorious for making rash decisions when it comes to purchasing a mattress, which is why following these five simple steps to the perfect mattress choice is important for guaranteeing the most sleep for your buck.
Humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep, and those who don’t get enough of it tend to act sluggish, restless and lack productivity. Sleeping less than seven hours per night increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. Sleepless nights can also increase safety concerns, such as bad driving.
It is therefore essential that sleep becomes a central part of how we live our lives. Specifically, the sleeping environment should be personally tailored to our needs, with a comfy bed and a dark room most likely to guarantee optimised amounts of comfort at night.
When it comes to choosing a mattress, there are five important steps to choosing the mattress that suits you.
1. First of all, consider what size mattress best suits you and also suits the room. Mattresses come in for primary sizes, twin, queen, king and single. It is generally recommended that bigger is better when it comes to mattress choice, as this allows the most room for personal sleep preferences. However, the size of your room or your personal preferences may dictate otherwise. It is not recommended that the room is entirely bed-centric, but it should be the central feature, as it makes the room sleep-focused and comfortable.
2. Once you have considered the size you want to opt for, you should spend a bit of time in-store experiencing the mattress. Many find this part of the purchasing experience uncomfortable, but it is perfectly logical that you should kick back and relax on a mattress in store in order to gauge which one suits you the most. Mattresses are not about one-size-fits-all, and the more personal you get over your mattress choice, the more rewarding your eventual purchase will be.
3. Sleeping at night is now as much about support as it is about comfort. So once you have gauged how comfortable you feel, you should seriously consider the amount of support you are getting from the mattress.
4. There are a number of misconceptions here. It is often thought that if you have back problems then you should opt for a more comfortable mattress. While this may be true in some cases, it is often more beneficial to have a mattress that offers zonal comfort. Memory foam mattresses are often cited as the most supportive mattresses, as they mould to the shape of the body.
5. When we talk about support, it generally refers to back pain. This means that orthopaedic support should be considered if you struggle with back pain.
The first four recommendations are by far the most important in terms of getting the most out of the night. In order to perform best at your work, you need the right amount sleep so invest in the best quality mattress that you can afford.
You should consider mattress buys as an investment, rather than a purchase, as you spend a third of your time sleeping on it and it also offers longevity.