Getting great sleep starts with these 5 steps to selecting the correct mattress for your bedroom

The average person will spend about 229,961 hours asleep in their lifetime; so to say your mattress is an important purchase is a bit of an understatement. Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important to your ability to heal, your mental health, and your general well being. Being well rested can do everything from lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) to preventing heart attacks, so it only makes sense that you should invest carefully in something you will be sleeping on every night for 10 years. 

 

Here are our 5 steps on how to find the right mattress:

 

  1. Support is key

 

Your mattress’ core is what will provide your support, so it’s important to understand the differences between the four types of core filling: latex, foam, innerspring and air-filled. Each material provides a different sleeping experience. An innerspring mattress will provide more bounce while a memory foam mattress will be much denser and firmer, while a latex mattress has a bit more buoyancy while still providing a firm base. It’s important to try each type when you go mattress shopping, since you may find that you like something you didn’t even know existed.

 

  1. Your sleeping style

 

When you’re looking at how to find the right mattress you’ll want to consider how you sleep. If you sleep on your side, you’ll want to find a mattress that will dissipate your weight, like a memory foam mattress with a soft topper.

 

If you sleep on your stomach, you’ll probably want a firmer mattress so that you don’t feel like you’re sinking in and suffocating, while if you sleep on your back, you’ll want something in the middle.

 

  1. If you share the bed

 

Sharing a bed with a partner who doesn’t have the same sleeping style as you can be frustrating, but you can lessen your frustration by getting a mattress that matches both your sleeping styles. If your partner tosses and turns all night, look for a motion-isolating mattress, while if you prefer different firmness’s, look for an air-filled mattress that can be set to match your exact preferences.

 

  1. Your sleeping temperature

 

If you have a tendency to run hot while you sleep, you’ll want to be sure that you’re investing in a mattress that won’t exacerbate the issue. Foam or latex topped mattresses tend to hold body heat, especially if they’re quite soft, because of this you may find them uncomfortable. Instead, consider investing in a fibrefill-topped mattress, which will help keep your body temperature constant.

 

  1. If you suffer from allergies

 

Allergies can get worse at night, especially if your mattress is helping to trap such nasty bits as dust, mites, pollen, pet dander, or other triggering substances. To prevent your allergies from getting the best of you, look for a mattress that is antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and mold, such as foam or latex.

 

If you do choose to go with a fiberfill or innerspring mattress, you can encase it in a allergen-resistant cover that will help resist irritants so that you can get a better night’s sleep.

 

 

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