Mattresses for Every Body

Mattresses for Every Body

Mattresses for Every Body
Nov 11, 2015

Getting a good night’s sleep is dependent on a lot of different factors; your stress levels, comfort, even room temperature and noise levels, but the most fundamental element to getting the most out of your slumber rests all on your mattress. Because there are so many to choose from and they all seem comparable, mattress shopping can be a dizzying experience.  We’re going to give you the low-down on all you need to know about mattresses so you can rest assured you’re getting the best night’s sleep. 

First things first, one type of bed is not better than the other, it all depends on the individual person. In saying this, a mattress that is either too hard or too soft will align your body incorrectly and can lead to aches and pains, you need one that’s just right. But enough about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

If you’re a side sleeper soft mattresses can be a great choice. As the structure is more flexible, the mattress will contour itself to fit your body shape. This will provide the support your spine needs without throwing your alignment out of whack as a firmer mattress might do because of its lowered ability to mould to your body.  

If you sleep on your back a medium support mattress could be the option for you. A mattress of medium firmness will provide the support needed for your spine, whilst also leaving some flexibility for contouring to the body to ensure your spine, back and neck aren't being aligned too rigidly. 

If you’re someone who sleeps on their stomach a firm mattress could prove the right selection for you. A firm mattress will provide adequate support to ensure you spine is still aligned though you’re not sleeping on your back. When it comes to sleeping on your stomach, softer mattresses often dip in the middle, creating an unnatural curve in your spine throughout your slumber, in-turn making you more likely to wake with back, neck and shoulder pain. 

Once you’ve got a general idea on the mattress firmness level you think is right for you, the next factor to consider is the type of mattress. There four main types of mattresses available in Australia: 

Inner spring:
Inner spring mattresses are the most commonly bought mattresses in Australia. These mattresses are supported by springs and the padding surrounding them provides the comfort. Pocket Spring mattresses are considered the best in this type of mattress. 

Latex:
Made from the sap produced and tapped from rubber trees, Latex mattresses are the preferred choice by allergy sufferers as they are hypo-allergenic. The material allows the mattress to breathe making it less susceptible to dust mites compared to other mattresses. Though the feel of the mattress is generally quite firm, the latex has a bouncy quality allowing it to mould to the body. They’re also known to last for up to 25 years. 

Memory foam:
Memory foam mattresses are made from a material called polyurethane which moulds to the body’s shape and doesn’t spring back as quickly as other foam mattresses, hence the name: memory foam. These mattresses are favoured by many as the memory foam alleviates pressure points and absorbs the feeling of movement, often likened to sleeping on a cloud. However, a concern with these mattresses is that when sleeping on them the temperature can become quite hot because of the contouring technology.   

Pillow-top:
Pillow-top mattresses are most commonly inner spring or latex mattresses with an added layer of cushioning on the top, usually memory foam, latex or feather. The pillow-top layer provides extra comfort, though depending on the type, the top at times wears faster than the rest of the mattress. It is possible to purchase pillow-tops separately to mattresses and fit them yourself if you prefer. 

A new mattress every 10-15 years is the general rule, but at the end of the day, the best mattress for you is the one you’re most comfortable on. Head into your nearest New Idea Furniture store or contact us today for more help choosing the right mattress for you. 

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