There are hundred’s of mattresses to choose from, but which one is right for you? Selecting the right mattress that will work the best for your needs can be a very important yet complicated task. There are so many options on the market today and so many different technologies all claiming to be the best in their own respect. The question is: what is good for you and your individual needs? Not all mattresses are built the same, and there is no such thing as one mattress that will be good for everyone.
Here is a handy guideline that we have put together to help you choose the best mattress for you.
Step 1: In what position do you most comfortably sleep at night?
This is important to figure out what type of support you need to keep your body aligned properly, keep your back straight, relieve pressure points from hips and shoulders, as well as reduce pressure on your back.
- On your side – Side sleepers typically require a softer mattress which comforts to their shoulders and hips to reduce pressure points in those areas.
- On your back and/or stomach – Back and/or stomach sleepers typically require a firmer mattress which offers optimal support for their back and keeps their spine in alignment.
- Toss and turn all over the place – You could be comfortable sleeping in various sleeping positions throughout the night, or the tossing and turning could be the result of your old mattress being uncomfortable for your body. In this case, looking at other factors is important to determine which mattress is the best for you.
Step 2: On which surface do you think you would have the most comfortable sleep?
Some people prefer to sleep on a very firm or hard surface while others prefer a plush or soft cloud like feel. It is generally recommended that a back and/or stomach sleeper sleeps on a firmer mattress and side sleepers sleep on a softer mattress. Although this is a general recommendation, at the end of the day you should choose what is most comfortable for you. Both soft and firm mattresses are capable of providing adequate back support and pressure relief on your body regardless of the sleeping position you find most comfortable.
For example: If you sleep on your side but prefer a firmer mattress, a firm mattress with a pillow top will give you the support you are looking for while relieving pressure points off of your hips and shoulders with the pillow top. Vice versa, if you sleep on your back and/or stomach but prefer a softer mattress, a plush traditional style mattress could provide you with that cloud like feel while providing adequate support to keep you back straight while you sleep.
If you are unsure as to which firmness you prefer, we recommend that you visit us in store to try out different mattress and see the difference in firmness for yourself. You can also speak to one of our non-commissioned mattress experts for a recommendation as to which mattress may be the best one for you.
Step 3: Your body type.
We all come in different shapes and sizes, and not all mattresses are going to feel the same for everyone. A very light individual may feel that a medium-firm mattress is very firm while a heavier person may feel that a firm mattress is very soft. A good rule of thumb is that if you are very light, aim for mattresses one level down in firmness (softer) that what you are looking for. On the opposite end if you are heavier you may want to try mattress that are actually listed as one level firmer than what you are looking for. Mattress firmness ratings are figured out for the “average” person so it is important to keep this in mind since we are not all made the same.
Step 4: Traditional Innerspring vs. Specialty Memory Foam
- Traditional Innerspring – Regular coil or innerspring mattresses have been around for ages and can be soft or firm and come in a wide variety of styles. Pocket-coils are individually wrapped coils which reduce motion transfer when tossing around or getting in and out of bed. These make the bed less “bouncy” and therefor reduce partner disturbance at night.
Mattress technologies have come a long way in the past decade and most good quality innerspring mattresses now provide advanced back support and quality materials for a comfortable night’s sleep.
- Specialty Memory Foam – Specialty Foam and Memory Foam mattress are becoming more and more popular these days among consumers. These mattresses are made with the newest in mattress technology including specialty longer lasting foams, innovative cooling systems and advanced pressure relief systems which help eliminate back pain and provide the best sleep possible.
If you are open to try something new and take advantage of today’s advancements in sleep technology, we highly recommend trying a memory foam mattress or other type of specialty mattress. You will be amazed at how much of an improvement a great mattress can make in your quality of life.
We have constructed our NEW MATTRESS SELECTOR GUIDE to help you step by step into the deciding which mattress will be the best for you. Try it out below then visit us in-store to try the mattresses out for yourself, and speak to one of our non-commissioned mattress experts for additional tips and guidance.