That is the 64-dollar question that will probably come up with various answers, depending on who you ask. Without going too much into the anatomy of perfect sleep and the art of mattress making, here are a few simple guidelines to help you decide what is the right mattress for your desired slumbering habits.
First things first. What sort of a sleeper are you? Studies have shown that how you sleep will determine the level of firmness of your mattress. In general:
Back sleeper: If you sleep on your back mostly, a medium to firm mattress would give the best support for your spine.
Side sleeper: The weight of your body is concentrated on your hips. As such, a medium-firm mattress is definitely your best choice.
Front sleeper: If you sleep in a prone position with your front facing the mattress, then a firm mattress will help to alleviate the stress on your spine.
A firm favourite among many sleepers in Australia is a medium-firm mattress. Not too hard. Not too soft. Especially if you (or your sleeping partner) are into sleeper acrobatics.
What’s next to look out for in a mattress once you’ve decided on the firmness level? Plenty. Other factors that need to be considered include (but not exclusively) the following:
1. The inner springs
Most good mattresses today use some sort of spring or coil system to accommodate the level of support, weight distribution and sleeping patterns. A reliable mattress, such as a Giselle Bedding mattress, may even have zonal support from head to toe to facilitate softness and firmness throughout the mattress and your sleeping pattern. Related to this is the design and construction of the spring coil itself to handle all these variables. This will involve a host of spring coil technology such as spring material, tensile-testing, pressure and stress capabilities, rebound rate and sound level. Too much physics to go into here, so perhaps another time to dwell into this.
2. Mattress material
Today, most mattress materials are made of latex, memory foam or a hybrid of two different mattress types. Memory foam mattresses are fast gaining popularity because the mattress can conform and contour to the shape of your body while you sleep. Memory foam mattresses do not have any inner springs at all and tend to offer less ventilation. However, they do offer good heat retention for your body. Latex mattresses are quite similar to memory foam mattresses in terms of sleeping benefits. They are also eco-friendly, hygienic and offer a cooler night sleep over memory foam mattresses. Somewhere between the two types of mattress is the hybrid. This mattress can be spring or coli based with a memory foam or latex top. The hybrid mattress is basically the best of both mattress worlds but is generally more expensive.
3. Mattress finishing
This is the looks and feel department where crafting and finishing will help make a mattress great or greater. Factors such as the fabric cover and texture, stitching work and mattress thickness to name a few can render better comfort, resilience and durability of the mattress. After all, the mattress will be with you for quite some time and you want to be sure that you get the best out of it, inside and outside. Attention to these details is important if you are investing into precious sleep.
Are you getting sleepy already? Don’t be just yet. Now that you know a bit more of what you should be sleeping on, it’s time to ditch that old slumber float and do some smart mattress shopping to get your perfect snooze fest. Check out some of the great selections from Giselle Bedding, including a wide range of bedding and linens to make sure every morning is a good one for you. Pleasant dreams people.