Tired of long, restless nights? Tired of tossing and turning on your hard or scratchy bed? What about being tired of being TIRED? Everybody wants a different type of mattress material and softness. Sleeping every night on the wrong kind causes sore joints, decreased blood flow, restlessness. It can even cause or worsen sleep disorders.
There are plenty of mattress options but there is one mattress type that’ll serve your body best. Here’s how to find the right type for YOU. Keep reading to finally get your best sleep ever!
1. Mattress Material
There are many different types of mattress material. They branch out from three main types: memory foam, latex, and innerspring. We’ll focus on these three so you can better understand what you’re looking at next time you’re in the mattress store.
Have you seen those commercials where they put a glass of dark wine on a mattress and someone jumps on the other end of the mattress? It’s stressful to watch but the wine glass doesn’t spill! That is a memory foam mattress.
Memory foam is super squishy and soft. It’s biggest benefit is that it forms to your body, which takes pressure off your joints and bones. If you often wake up with an achy lower back, sleeping on memory foam may help alleviate that annoying morning pain!
Another great benefit is that it only moves exactly where you touch it. This is what’s displayed in that wine glass commercial. The perk being that you don’t disturb anyone sharing the bed with you when you move around or get up.
So if you are a sleep-mover or an especially early riser, a memory foam mattress could greatly suit you. Your partner would also be grateful!
Since your memory foam experience is supposed to be like sleeping on a cloud, it is known to be TOO soft for some people. If your spine or hips need particular support, this mattress type may be too squishy.
It also makes some people hot, since the foam tends to trap heat and form around your body. If you’re one who is hot at night anyway and needs a fan blowing on you in order to sleep, memory foam may not suit you.
Ever lived in a dorm? Or slept in a friend’s spare bedroom? Then you’ve probably slept on an innerspring mattress.
Innerspring mattresses are the most common, inexpensive type of mattress made. If you’ve never put thought into your mattress selection before, then the one you have by default is most likely innerspring.
Being common and affordable doesn’t mean this type is bad, though! Innerspring is made up of different sized springs, depending on the specifications of the mattress. Thicker springs give more support, thinner springs have more give.
There are many different varieties of innerspring. You can choose an innerspring with a pillow top or a firm top. If you want the simplicity of a spring-loaded mattress but with your choice of top, there is definitely an innerspring mattress out there for you.
Another benefit of this type is the price tag. Innerspring are known for their affordability. You can get the top, support, and feel you want at the price you love to see.
Who doesn’t want a comfortable, personalized mattress that doesn’t break the bank? This is why innerspring is the most common!
One downside is that quality tends to be a spectrum. Some mattresses don’t have enough springs so you end up without support. Others don’t have enough cushion, so you end up feeling the springs.
So don’t just go for the cheapest one you can find, be sure to test it out. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more money on one that’ll best meet your needs.
A mattress made out of latex may sound strange. Latex mattresses are rubber so they provide a firmer sleeping surface. This benefits people who need firm back support while they sleep.
This mattress type is designed to be comfortable but very supportive. So don’t imagine a hard surface OR one that you sink into, imagine something perfectly in between.
Latex mattresses accomplish that great “in between” through their good BOUNCE. This means that they have some give, but they also push right back. If you have chronic back pain, a latex mattress may be perfect for you.
2. Weight & Height
Did you know that your weight affects how well you sleep on different mattresses? Did you know that your feet hanging off the end of the bed can keep you up at night? Your height and weight matter when it comes to your mattress!
If you’re petite or “lightweight,” LESS density in a mattress is your best friend. You want something super soft and pillow-y. Since you’re not heavy anyway, you’re not likely to sink into a mattress too much.
A cloud-like mattress will help you avoid bone and joint pain, especially in your shoulders. Look for soft mattresses that keep your spine aligned.
If you’re heavyset, mattress THICKNESS is what you want to keep an eye on. Optimal thickness for someone 230 lbs and over is around 12 inches.
A HIGH density mattress is your best friend. You want a supportive mattress that you won’t sink all the way into. You’ll find plenty of mattresses (like latex) that support your full girth, no problem!
Don’t settle when it comes to your mattress type. You can find one that suits your weight and body type for a solid night’s sleep.
Of course your height affects how comfortable you are in your bed! It’s shocking how poorly you sleep when your feet hang off the bed.
If you’re average height or smaller, shopping for the right size mattress shouldn’t be difficult. Most mattresses cater to those of average height.
If you’re above-average height or even taller (think NBA player), you’ve probably run into problems finding a mattress that fits you. Let alone fits you comfortably!
King beds come in a “California” size, meaning extra large. A normal King is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long, a California King is 72 inches wide and 84 inches (seven feet) long.
If you’re over seven feet tall, you won’t find anything longer than 84 inches in a normal mattress store. You’ll have to order from a store that makes family co-sleepers (can be 108 inches long!) or have one custom-made.
3. Depth of Sleep
Are you one who wakes up when the neighbor’s dog barks or when a siren drives by? Can you not sleep if the rain is too hard on the windows? If your partner wakes up, are you suddenly awake too?
Or are you one who sleeps through your buzzing alarm clock? You didn’t hear the baby crying last night? And your partner has to shake you to wake you?
Whether you’re a light or deep sleeper is an important thing to consider when choosing your perfect mattress. It could make all the difference in the quality of your beauty rest.
If you’re a light sleeper, you may want a mattress that doesn’t move around every time your partner does. Like memory foam! It’ll be worth your money in the long run.
For all you deep sleepers, the light sleepers of the world envy you. You don’t need a mattress that stays still with you, you just need one that is comfortable. But maybe not TOO comfortable, so you can get up in the morning!
4. Pregnancy Needs
Pregnancy changes everything, including your sleep patterns and sleep needs. Maybe you usually sleep like a rock but suddenly toss and turn all night. Or maybe your growing belly or widening bone structure cause you discomfort.
You need extra support in certain areas, so a firm mattress could serve you. But you also want to be totally comfortable, so a memory foam could be your cup of tea.
Very importantly, you need something that doesn’t make you hotter than you already feel! The common “foam” material in memory foam might make your temperature rise as it conforms to your body. If that’s the case, look into memory foam made out of GEL.
Gel-based memory foam is just as soft and cozy but it doesn’t retain heat. A match made in heaven!
If you’re pregnant, check out gel-based memory foam mattresses or mattress tops. Your changing body, your growing baby, and your beauty sleep will thank you.
Mattress Type Can Change Your Quality of Life
Do you wake up in the middle of the night because you can’t get comfortable? Do you wake up in the morning to a sore back? Can your body not fully relax because your feet hang off the bed or are dangerously close to hanging off the bed?
If any of these sound familiar to you, then it’s time to get a new mattress. And it’s time to invest your time, energy, and money into finding the perfect mattress type for YOUR body.
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