Choosing The Right Mattress
The 3 types of mattresses
There are three common types of mattresses: Innerspring, Memoryfoam, and Hybrid. There's no "right" material to choose, but in general, side sleepers need a medium/soft mattress, stomach sleepers need medium/firm, and back sleepers fall all along the spectrum. Beyond types of mattresses and prefered firmness, you'll need to think about a few other factors. Here are some things to think about when considering your needs.
If you sleep on your side
Majority of your body weight is transferred to your hips and shoulders. You'll want a surface that will support your body weight, but conform to your shape. Stay away from really firm options, as these can lead to discomfort and cramping in the hips and shoulder area. A medium/soft innerspring or memoryfoam mattress tends to work well for side sleepers.
If you sleep on your stomach
The last thing a stomach-sleeper wants is to feel bending in the back. A firmer mattress will provide the best support. Consider a firm memoryfoam or dense innerspring option.
If you sleep on your back
Most back sleepers want something somewhere in the middle — a surface that supports, but has some give so the spine is kept in alignment. You'll find happiness with any of the mattress types, but you should think like The Princess-and-The-Pea and try a variety of mattresses to see what feels best.
If you like a bed with bounce
Traditional innerspring styles have that familiar bouncy feel. Most innerspring mattresses these days are made with individually "pocketed" coils, that are encased with fabric, and aren't connected to one another to help reduce the ripple effect that happens when your partner moves.
If your partner tosses and turns
Motion transfer is your enemy if you're a light sleeper. Consider a hybrid or memoryfoam mattress. Innerspring mattresses have the highest chance of motion transfer because of the bouncy nature of the springs. Hybrid mattresses have slightly less motion transfer, due to the memoryfoam encasing the coils, helping to absorb the motion. Memoryfoam mattresses have the least motion transfer, with foam being a material that easily absorbs the ripple effect of any movement.
If you and your partner's preferences don't match
There are options if you and your partner can't seem to get on the same page. We are able to do a split set up, that combines two Twin-xl mattresses to make a full King size bed. This allows you and your partner to shop separately and find the perfect fit for each of you, avoiding the dreaded "compromise". If you go this route, we do sell "Split Sheet Sets" that have two Twin-xl fitted sheets and one King sized flat sheet. This ensures you don't have to go through the trouble of buying multiple sheet sets to accommodate your customized set up. We also suggest you take a look at hybrid mattresses. This style combines a classic innerspring core that is fully encased in memory foam. It's the "best-of-both-worlds" option that can often satisfy both parties.
If you sleep hot
Sleeping hot is one of the biggest complaints in the industry. Luckily, manufacturers have come a long way with cooling materials and technology. Gone are the days of sweating through your sheets and waking up in a puddle. You can find cooling technology in a lot of mattresses and accessories to helps alleviate these issues. If the mattress you choose isn't cutting it, we suggest a mattress protector with cooling materials, or a cooling pillow. We hold 80% of our body's heat in our head and feet...a pillow with cooling technology can work WONDERS. Check this pillow out: CarbonCool® + OmniPhase® LT Pillow
If you have allergies
Memoryfoam and latex are both inherently antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and mold. If you opt for innerspring, be sure to encase it in an allergen-resistant protector to keep irritants at bay. It is also smart to get a pillow protector. Allergens can get into your pillow and linger all year long!
If you have back pain
Memoryfoam and latex are best for those with back pain. Foams easily conform and mold to your body, offering proper support and spine alignment.
If you're concerned about chemicals
All of our foam products are certified by CertiPUR-US®. You can feel confident about your purchase, especially for your little ones when shopping with us. When you buy products containing certified foam, you can rest assured knowing that the polyurethane foam inside meets CertiPUR-US® standards for content, emissions, and durability, and has been analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories. Learn more here: CertiPUR-US®
If you just can't decide
Try, try, and try again! Once you narrow it down to your top 2-3 mattresses, it is suggested you spend 15-20 minutes on each one. Bouncing from mattress-to-mattress can lead to body confusion, and they can tend to all feel the same after a while. If you have time, take a nap. It's an important investment - You want to be sure to choose the right one.
When to replace your mattress
As a general rule mattresses last about 10 years, depending on wear-and-tear and varying factors. However, you should decide when it's time to replace your mattress based on obvious warning signs. Are you waking up sore? Is your mattress feeling lumpy? Do you sleep better on other mattresses, like that hotel you recently stayed at? These are all signs that it’s time to start researching options and lay on some mattresses.
How to extend the life of your mattress
We always suggest using a mattress protector, which keeps sweat, dander, dust, allergens, and spills out of the materials. Think of your mattress as a giant sponge. Once something gets in, you're hard pressed to get it out. Also, remember to rotate your new mattress often (from head to foot) to ensure the top layers are compacting as evenly as possible. It's science...materials are going to naturally compact over time. No one likes a mattress that has mountains and valleys!
We hope we've answered a lot of questions and concerns, but if you're wanting more information or guidance, just give us a call or stop by. Finding the right mattress can be a process and we want to help it be as stress free as possible - that's why we're here
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