You must have often heard someone say- Sleep tight, Sleep right. Yes of course! Sleep is one of the most important circadian activities that we all indulge in. Think of sleep and the first thought that crosses your mind is bed. And bed is all about the mattress that adorns it.
So, if you are preparing to make that big purchase to welcome a piece of luxury home, do a thorough research and deep analysis so that you finally steal a deal for at least a decade.
In this mattress buying guide, we shall take you through a complete experience of buying a perfect mattress, anticipating all possible queries that strike you and their best answers. So, fasten your seat belts and come along to explore the best possible bedding solutions for your bedroom.
Like clothes, our mattress size also differs depending on our body size and structure. It also depends upon the size of the room, where it is placed. Buying a mattress is a very intimate decision and if you share it with your partner, don’t forget to take his/her opinion in this big purchase.
For, you both may be poles apart (which is often the scenario!)- you wanting a king size, and she happy with the queen size. You looking for comfort, she looking for support, you prefer sleeping hot and she prefers it cold…and the list goes on and on. So first and foremost, how do you decide the size of the mattress that you need to buy?
International market for mattresses offers the following standard sizes:
So, with the different sizes listed above, you can make a choice based on what suits you best. Consider your body type and use, before deciding the perfect size.
The market is flooded with different types and designs of mattresses; in that scenario it is really a challenge to choose the type that fulfils all your needs. To make your task easier, we take you through some of the most popular types available in the market.
Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses are the perfect example of support and comfort. With the standard base of innerspring coils, these mattresses provide good bounce and response. With time the quality of springs and coils have actually changed and are ever evolving. Innerspring mattresses with their wholesome goodness and traditional support and response are perfect for sleepers looking for traditional bounce in their mattresses.
Memory Foam: Made from a substance called visco-elastic, memory foam is both energy absorbent and soft. It molds as per the body contouring and hugging, giving you a comfort feeling. However, the biggest drawback with memory foam is that people often complain of hot sleep, i.e. it becomes hot when in contact with human body, thereby dissipating its own heat.
If you live in a country with warm weather, then you would not prefer this product because of its heat retention characteristics. However, if you are looking for support with body contouring and hug then this is the perfect choice for you.
Latex: Latex mattresses are often considered eco friendly and the added benefits of cooling and additional support and bounce. It is especially good for those leaving out on foam mattresses because of their heat absorbing properties. They relieve the pressure points and provide good support. Further, they are one of the most durable mattresses with good longevity.
Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses are basically a combination of coil based foundations clubbed with layers of foam for added comfort. This variety was evolved when consumers felt that foam and coils alone could not meet their growing demands. Hybrid mattresses combine the goodness of both coil and memory foam while reducing many of its negativity.
They provide the compression and support of foam mattresses while adding the bounce and responsiveness of coil mattresses. If you have tried foam, coil and latex individually and are still dissatisfied or in search of your perfect product then this is the one for you.
Just think over this-more than your couch, your work table or the dining table, it is the bed on which you spend the maximum hours of your day. Indeed, such an important piece of home furniture requires extra care and prudence in selection. Besides considerable support, a good bed should have the perfect mattress on it which satisfies you all through the night. So what are the factors that you should consider when looking out for a good mattress?
Too many to remember? Just keep it simple and go step by step in evaluating them. Here begins the list.
Sleep positions differ widely all across the globe. But on observation it has been observed that there are basically three different types of sleepers-Back, side and stomach sleepers. The mattress requirements of different sleepers are different. So choice of mattress should also be done accordingly. Check out the mattresses that best suit the following three types.
Back sleepers need adequate support that properly aligns their spine and relieves the pressure points. An ideal mattress for a back sleeper should have the correct firmness usually ranging between 4 and 7 and the necessary softness that takes proper care of the pressure points by relieving them and not enhancing the pain.
Side sleepers usually keep the upper body static, while playing around with their legs. Such sleepers need a mattress which is in the category of soft to medium. Side sleepers usually look for mattresses that can contour the curves of the body when the spine is curved or bent. A mattress that is too firm cannot take care of this need. Therefore, a mattress with good softness comes handy here, which can hug the body parts as they sink into the mattress.
Stomach sleepers look for a mattress with mid firmness. As the torso lies flat on the mattress, it needs good support else it shall sink in the middle causing the spine to curve unnaturally. This can misalign the entire structure of the body. Therefore a mattress that is too soft should not be preferred in this case.
Equipped with so much knowledge about the perfect piece of mattress that you need to choose, it is now time to enter the playfield and put all tricks of play into practice. But there is a twist here to. Where can you buy your ideal mattress? There are two options. Either go in for the upcoming choice of online markets or the traditional offline markets. Both have their share of good and bad. Come let us see the two options.
Going by the trends, buying from an online store is the latest idea of shopping. There are around a dozen online stores that offer a wide variety of mattresses. They give you the complete hassle free experience of shopping from the comforts of your home with a single click of the mouse. Let us see their pros and cons.
If you are not the tech savvy or believe in the traditional concept of touch and feel before buying the product, then you surely need to visit a store to choose your mattress. Buying from a store has its own pros and cons.
Buying a mattress is indeed an important decision that is likely to affect the comfort of your sleeps for the next decade or so. The above piece of writing just aims to take you through this shopping experience fully aware of the product that you intend to buy and return home with a broad smile, cherishing your purchase. No point making a hasty purchase and then regretting later at peace. Each point discussed above has its own significance and should be properly assessed before making the final selection.
Remember, your size, body weight, the type of mattress, your sleep position, your choice of supply and the quality of the mattress as a whole is closely inter linked to your sleep. Do nothing, intentionally or impulsively that can offend the quality or quantity of your sleep.
Your right decision in assessing each parameter before the purchase can contribute to increased hours of quality and blissful sleep, thereby enhancing the overall value of your health.
Moreover, as we keep emphasizing that buying a mattress is like making a short term investment for a long term gain. Use all your prudence and read and research thoroughly before you make the final call. And once you do, embrace it with complete confidence and make it an integral part of not only your bedroom but also for the next decade of your life.