How to Select the Right Mattress for Your Bed
Replacing your mattress can be an exhausting proposition. A good bed, providing correct support and comfort, has an important role to play in not just relaxation or proper sleep, but also in relieving and preventing back pain. With the vast variety of mattresses on the market, choosing the right mattress can be difficult. For something that you're going to sleep on every day you would want materials that are durable and high quality. At the same time, not everyone has the budget for the top of the line, state of the art mattress.
However, the first thing you should do before you even head out to shop for mattresses is know how much you're willing to spend. Don't be afraid to ask for a price, and then propose something different, or let the salesperson know that you really like this model but you're not willing to spend that much on it. Many people have no idea what a mattress is supposed to cost. So don’t forget to look around in a few more shops, compare the prices and then decide what to buy.
As soon as you select a mattress, the salesperson will try and sell you on mattress covers, extended warranties, bedframes, and other accessories that you may or may not actually need. One great way to find a mattress that you'll like is to start with the high-end mattresses in the store and work your way down from there. Then find the balance between budget and comfort.
Types of Mattresses
The first decision you have to make has to do with a mattress's core, which provides the support. Mattress manufacturers and retailers have dozens of names for different types of mattresses. But here are the basic few.
Innerspring mattresses have that familiar bouncy feel. You can also choose how springy you want it to be. Memory foam mattresses have a polyurethane core and have much less spring. You essentially sink into it, and the mattress applies even pressure to your body at all points.
Latex mattresses are similar to memory foam models in terms of firmness, but have a bit more spring-back. Air-filled vinyl or rubber chamber mattress has a remote that lets you to control how much air is inside. You can, at any time, make the mattress firmer or softer.
You'll see some mattresses described as extra firm, firm, plush, ultra plush, to denote how hard or soft the mattress actually is. Just remember not to put too much stock in model names or brand names.
What's Your Sleeping Position? If you tend to sleep on your side you'll want a surface with a lot of pressure relief. Cushy memory foam or a mattress with a fluffy topper, or innersprings are perfect for this. If you tend to sleep on your stomach consider a dense innerspring, air-filled, or latex mattress. If you are not sure what your sleeping style is there are always the hybrid mattresses that offer more than one feature.