Sleeping GirlMany overlook the process of choosing and buying a mattress, even though it is a significant purchase.

A third of our lives are likely to be spent in bed and the process of recovering from the strains of everyday life each night should be a relaxing and comfortable one. During a mattresses’ average 10-year lifespan you will spend around 29,000 hours sleeping on it.

There are many different types of mattress available and several things to consider – here is how to choose the right one.


Types of mattresses

It is important to know what types of mattresses are available before making a decision. The most common are:

1: Innerspring – The most popular type of mattress, which uses tempered steel coils for support and layers of upholstery for insulation and cushioning.

2: Open Spring. A cheaper alternative, this kind of mattress is made up of traditional coil springs that are wired together so they move in unison when pressure is applied.

3: Pocket Spring. Used in high quality mattresses, each spring is positioned in its own pocket of material and packed closely together. Springs work independently to give maximum support.

4: Foam mattress. An increasingly popular option thanks to overall body support and comfort. High-density memory foam molds to a warm body in a few minutes, while lower-density foam is pressure sensitive and will return to its original shape once weight is removed.

The buying process

Although the outlay of a new mattress may be at the forefront of the purchasing process, you can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep. Ensuring your body is comfortable and fully supported are the most important considerations.

1: Do your research. With so many different options available, this may seem like a tiresome and confusing process. However this is a purchase you must be certain about, so be sure about the type of mattress you want to buy.

2: Buy from a reputable retailer. Common sense for any purchase, but a well-respected retailer will give you detailed information, tailored advice, customer service and ultimately a high-quality product.

3: Try before you buy. Although this isn’t always possible, trying out a mattress before you buy is hugely beneficial. Don’t be afraid try out different positions or lie down how you would normally sleep.

4: Be aware of advertising claims. Mattresses may claim to be orthopaedic or posturepaedic but usually this means they simply have more springs. The final decision should be made on your own personal preference and what feels the most comfortable.

5: Consider a base as well. Although a mattress will provide the best support, the type of bed base you use can also affect how you sleep. Some bedsteads and divans will also contain springs, while others will be made from wooden slats.

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