Many of us never really know when it’s time to buy a mattress. Where do you start and how do you choose? Today, I’m here to help you on your mattress journey as well as give a brief overview of the types of mattresses.
Some of the more common ways to tell if it’s time to buy a new mattress are:
– You’re tossing and turning throughout the night.
– You’re waking up tired and achy.
– You have dents in your mattress or can feel the coils in your bed while you’re lying on it.
– You sleep better somewhere else.
All of these scenarios are telltale signs, and it may be time to replace your mattress. So the first thing you want to do is be sure and purchase your mattress from a reputable company.
Next, make sure you’re familiar with the size of mattress you’ll be purchasing, as well as making sure the new mattress will fit the existing space if you’re going up a size, and making sure the new mattress will fit through existing doorways, hallways, and stairways leading to its final destination. The standard guideline for mattress sizes are twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king.
Let’s not forget, when you come to purchase your new mattress, make sure that if more than one person is occupying the bed, both parties are present. You’ll need to focus on a mattress that will provide you with the support you’ll need given your body weight and preferred sleeping positions.
So now that you know what’s needed to purchase a new mattress and you’re familiar with the sizes let’s take a look at the different types of mattresses.
The first type we’ll discuss is memory foam. Memory foam custom forms to your body in response to heat and pressure. The slow bounce-back response of memory foam means the pressure won’t push back against your body. This is why it’s excellent for people who suffer from pain, body aches, or trouble sleeping.
It cradles stiff or sore joints without sacrificing overall support. The technology behind memory foam is pressure relief and motion separation, which allows you to fall asleep faster and wake more rested.
Now, with all that said, not all memory foam mattresses are created equal, and depending on the type of memory foam mattress you choose, comfort levels, quality, and prices will vary. Better quality memory foam will be more resilient, bounce back better, and last longer. Just be sure to research the brand you choose and know that a good quality memory foam will offer a nice balance of comfort, pressure relief, and support. Bottom line: higher density equals higher quality.
The next mattress we’ll discuss is called pocketed coils. Pocket coils, or spring mattresses, are still the most common mattresses around. It’s what we’re all most familiar with because this type of mattress has been around the longest.
These mattresses have a much broader range of price points, are best for those needing spinal support, and are ideal for those who prefer to sleep on their stomachs, as well as people who prefer a little more bounce. They’re also beneficial for hot sleepers because these type of mattresses retain less body heat than a traditional memory foam mattress. It’s simply a coil mattress surrounded by layers of foam or fabric.
In the past, coil mattresses needed to be rotated and flipped over. This was to help prevent the mattress from sagging and to help keep it in the right shape. The reason flipping was necessary is because the mattresses were designed from the inside out, with the coils being in the center and layers of fabric and foam on the top and bottom of the mattress. However, there have been some changes over the years.
Now, almost all coil mattresses are designed from the bottom up, consisting of coils, foundation foams, and then comfort layers. So there’s no longer a need to flip your mattress.
It’s important to know that, just like memory foam mattresses, there are some features with innerspring mattresses that will make one mattress more expensive than the next.
– A heavier gauge of steel coils
– The number of coils which help with motion isolation
– A higher quality boxspring
– And most important, a higher quality grade material, like memory foam, gel memory foam, or latex materials on the top layer of the mattress.
Altogether, these features will give a more comfortable mattress.
If after reading this post you still can’t decide between memory foam or innerspring, take a look at specialty models, like a hybrid, which combines the support of an innerspring model with the benefits of memory foam, together offering great motion isolation and spinal support. And don’t forget, when purchasing a new mattress, it’s always best to protect your investment by adding a mattress protector.
With all this said, ultimately, there’s only one true way to determine which mattress will best suit your needs and that’s to lie on it. To learn more about our mattresses and all the accessories, check out the options below.