Choosing Your New Mattress with Yourself in Mind

Posted on 15 February 2010


When it comes to leading a productive and healthy lifestyle, getting the proper amount of sleep is one of the most important things you can do. When I say “proper sleep” I’m not just referring to the total number of hours, but also the quality of sleep, or how comfortable the sleep experience is. If you’re looking to improve your sleep experience, there is likely no better decision than to upgrade your existing mattress. Of course, buying a new mattress or double divan bed is easier said than done. With an abundance of options to choose from, you’re likely to feel a bit overwhelmed at first go. There are literally dozens of different mattress types to choose from, including memory foam, latex, and traditional spring and coil types. Obviously, you want to choose the mattress that best suits your preferences and sleep habits, though this can be difficult. The last thing you want to do is to find yourself wandering the sales floor of your local mattress retailer, lost and without a clue where to concentrate your efforts. The following article will briefly cover the 2 most common types of mattress, which are foam and spring.

Spring mattresses are the traditional mattress type, and are still the most common type of mattress available. These mattresses are composed of interconnected springs that are surrounded by foam and other materials to provide comfort to the sleeper. Although these mattresses can be quite comfortable when new, they are prone to dipping and sagging as they age, particularly if they aren’t properly rotated. They are also prone to motion transfer, which means that the movement of one sleeper can be easily felt by the other.

A foam mattress is composed of memory foam, which is a highly dense material made form polyurethane and other chemicals. Memory foam is unique in that it can simultaneously provide support and comfort. Although the popularity of foam mattresses has skyrocketed in recent years, they do have some potential downsides. Memory foam tends to hold on to body heat, creating a sleep experience that is overly warm for some. There is also some concern over the chemical odors that emit from memory foam when it’s new, though such concerns have yet to be substantiated.

The best thing to do when shopping for a new mattress is to head to a reputable mattress retailer where you can try out some mattresses in person. Ask questions of the sales staff and spend some time lying on the different mattresses in the store. Remember that the mattress you choose should feel right, so don’t rush the process.

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One Response to “Choosing Your New Mattress with Yourself in Mind”

  1. Fascinating… Have you created anything in relation to the memory foam or latex products yet?

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