HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATTRESS FOR YOU.
How do you sleep.
It is important to ﬁnd a mattress that supports your spine’s natural shape.
Side sleepers - try softer mattresses. While your shoulders and hips can sink deep into the mattress, your back and head will get the support needed for a comfy night’s sleep.
Stomach Sleepers - try a firmer mattress that will support your belly and keep your spine from sinking.
Back Sleepers - a mattress that supports the neck and lower back is the best option.
Warm or Cold
Warm Sleepers - sprung mattresses are a good choice because they have good air circulation.
Cold Sleepers – foam mattress don’t allow as much air circulation so you will stay warm all night long.
Spring mattresses distribute your weight evenly, so there’s no extra pressure on any one part of your body. Allow air to flow through mattress.
Open spring mattress
§ The most commonly-used springing system in the world for budget-priced mattresses
§ Border rod or wire gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape
§ Sides are machine stitched rather than hand-stitched.
Pocket spring mattress
§ Recommended if there's a size difference between you and your partner, as it minimises the risk of you rolling towards each other during the night
§ More luxurious, with individual small springs housed in separate fabric pockets.
§ Springs work independently to respond to individual body weight.
§ Stitched sides for strong, stable edges - hand stitching is a sign of craftsmanship and quality.
· Advanced pocket spring mattress, with a highly effective ‘spring within a spring’ system.
§ Responsive outer spring works with a second inner spring to provide extra support where it is needed most.
§ Some have hand stitched sides to secure the outer springs to the border - hand stitching is a sign of craftsmanship and quality.
Visco-elastic mattress (memory foam)
§ The mattress moulds and re-moulds to your body’s contours as your body heat softens it
§ Provides support and enables natural movement during sleep
§ Helps to maintain correct posture and align spine horizontally when lying on your side
§ Hypo-allergenic with anti-microbial properties.
Looking after your Mattress
· After delivery the mattress should be aired for 4 hours to freshen and remove any aroma from storage.
· The mattress should be aired on a weekly basis by turning back the bedlinen for a few hours.
· With the majority of sprung mattresses it's important to turn your mattress regularly to maximise its life.
· Body weight compresses a mattress, leading to dips and ultimately an uneven sleeping surface.
Memory foam mattresses:
· These mattresses often have one sleeping surface so cannot be turned, but the mattress should still be rotated lengthways occasionally (once a month) to maximise its life.