How to choose a mattress
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing
a new mattress. Below are the main considerations, along
with some advice on making that all important decision.
Spend as much as you
can afford, rather than thinking of it as a cost you should
consider it an investment. You spend longer in bed (approximately
8 hours or a third of your life) much more than in any
other one place. There are so many health benefits from
achieving a good nights sleep that spending a little extra
on the all important mattress, will prove to be money
The correct support
is essential, it reduces pressure on your spine, joints
and especially your lower back. No longer does the medical
profession believe that a firm bed is best. They now say,
‘correct support is best’, which means your
heavier or pronounced body parts are absorbed by the mattress,
and your spine and lower back is supported in the correct
position. Good quality foam and memory foam mattresses
can offer the correct support.
This is down to personal
choice, however, with the advancement in foam and memory
foam mattresses you no longer need to have a firm mattress
to get the correct support. High quality foam and memory
foam mattresses allow you to choose a medium firmness
mattress and still enjoy excellent support.
Buy the biggest bed
you have space for, especially if you share the bed with
a partner, as it is proven that both sleepers achieve
a better nights sleep in a larger bed. But do not choose
size over quality. Choose the best bed for support and
comfort first, and then buy the biggest you can afford
in that style.
Core material >>
Foam or Memory foam
is best, due to the combination of support and comfort.
Modern foam polymers have taken over from springs as the
No 1 product for high quality mattresses. Although sprung
beds are still widely available, speak to anyone who now
sleeps on a foam or memory foam mattress, and they will
confirm what a difference it has made.
Outer cover >>
Washable covers are
a convenient option, but the fact they can be removed
for cleaning does not make any difference to the quality
of your sleep. Many can be machine washed, but larger
covers may still need taking to a launderette as they
are too bulky.
Bed base >>
A flat bed base is essential,
to ensure your mattress can support you correctly. Bed
bases tend to outlast the mattress, so you do not always
need to replace both. An impressive or expensive bed base
or surround will look good, but do not skimp on the quality
of the mattress, or you will end up with a nice looking
but uncomfortable bed. A solid or wooden slatted base
is ideal; if your base is sprung, check is does not have
any dips in it, as this will effect the support your mattress
sleep well, but at the same time, Sleepcheaper!