Finding the perfect bed partner isn’t easy, whether that is a human or a mattress. Jumping into bed without knowing if you have the right fit can lead to some painful days and nights.
The next time you are ready to take a stroll down the (mattress) aisle, keep the following tips in mind.
Soft Verses Firm
We all have our preferences in the choice between soft and firm. A mattress you can sink into can feel wonderful, at first. In the morning, the lack of support may give you a real pain in the back. The same is true for a mattress that is too firm. It all has to do with pressure points and support of body into a neutral position. While you sleep, your spine should have a natural curvature, and key points of your body should be supported. These include the buttocks, heels, shoulders and head, according to the experts at WebMD. Researchers have found that for people with long term back pain, a firmer mattress feels better.
What Does the Right Mattress Feel Like?
You will know that you have found the right mattress if you can’t feel it. It should give you the impression that you are almost floating. There should be no uncomfortable pressure on any part of your body nor should you feel like you are flopping around.
While it is common knowledge that you should test out a mattress before you buy it, most people don’t do it the right way. To ensure the perfect mattress match, spend at least fifteen minutes laying on it, in your favorite sleep position. Bring along your own pillow and position it as you would at home. Overcome any embarrassment or reluctance in testing. After all, you may be sharing your bed with this mattress for the next ten years.
Traditional Mattress or Memory Foam Mattress?
The traditional or innerspring mattress remains the most popular type of mattress for most. It uses a series of coil springs that are usually individually encased. Extra padding is added to this, depending on the quality of the mattress, and may include everything from latex to cotton padding. Many mattresses now come with a pillow top that may be made up of quilted padding or a layer of memory foam.
The number of coils used in the mattress can affect its flexibility, and therefore comfort. Most experts agree that there is not much difference in comfort past a coil count of 390.
One of the great benefits of a traditional mattress is firm support. They are also very easy to get in and out of, which makes them a good choice for someone who is overweight or experiences mobility issues. Unlike memory foam mattresses, a traditional mattress is not affected by body heat, so it stays cool and firm.
Memory foam mattress are known for conforming to your body using layers of foam that respond to your weight and your body temperature. The layers are usually made of up different densities of foam. It is important to choose a high quality memory foam mattress, because some cheaper models may not offer as much response or support.
These mattresses can reduce pressure points, since they give in when pressure is applied. The foam can absorb your partner’s movement, so you won’t be woken up by someone turning over in bed. One downside is these mattresses often emit a chemical smell and may need to be aired out for several days before use.
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