Picking the right mattress is crucial to getting a good night’s sleep. If you don’t choose wisely, you’re unlikely to get your recommended seven hours – and, over time, this can have a huge impact on your health. But, with so many options available, how do you know which mattress is the best?
It’s a personal thing
Here at Dreamers, we believe the ‘best mattress’ varies from buyer-to-buyer. What feels like a fluffy cloud to one person, can lead to achy mornings and back pain for someone else. A mattress that is perfect for someone sleeping alone may be completely inappropriate for those in a couple. It all depends on you as a person, your individual preferences and your current sleeping arrangements.
As such, we recommend that – when choosing a mattress – you should consider three main factors:
According to The Sleep Council, mattress size is incredibly important (particularly if you’re sharing a bed) – yet most people will opt for one that is too small for their needs. Take for example a standard UK double. Measuring just 135cm wide, it’s smaller than two single beds pushed together and offers nowhere near enough space for two adults to sleep comfortably.
As a general rule-of-thumb, you should be able to lie side-by-side – with your arms behind your head and your elbows out – without touching. The mattress should also be 4-6 inches longer than the tallest person who uses it, allowing you to move about freely without disturbing each other.
The best mattress tension for you will depend on your height and weight. Whilst heavier people are typically better suited to a mattress with a firm or extra-firm rating, those who are smaller (and lighter) often find that a soft or soft-medium mattress provides a much comfier night’s rest.
It’s also important to consider your sleeping position.
For those who lie on their side, we recommend a soft mattress. This will allow key body areas (i.e. shoulder, hip) to sink into the fabric, relieving pressure at these joints and keeping the spine straight.
If you’re prone to sleeping on your back, a medium-firm mattress rating is likely to be the best. This will provide extra support to the lower-back and will ensure your spine is correctly aligned.
The best-rated mattress for a front sleeper is firm to extra firm. Essentially, you need to minimise the gaps between you and the mattress and maintain a neutral position in your spine and neck.
A mattress’ filling can also have a big impact on the quality of your sleep – and it’s worth doing a little research into the different types available. The three most popular include:
Open coil spring
Open coil mattresses offer great value for money. But they tend to be less supportive – and therefore are best suited to a guest bedroom that gets occasional use.
This is the best mattress to buy if you sleep with a partner. The springs of a pocket-sprung mattress are not linked in any way and work independently from each other. As such, they respond to each individual body and minimise the risk of you rolling towards each other throughout the night.
A foam or memory foam mattress will mould to the shape of your body and help to align your spine. They’re a great option for those who typically suffer from lower-back pain and need extra support. Often made from anti-microbial material, they can also be useful for people with allergies.
As part of our online collection, we also stock gel-infused, latex, natural fibre and cooler foam. Be sure to check out the main pros and cons for each and select one that ticks the right boxes for you.
Pick the right mattress at Dreamers Bed Centre
Our goal, here at Dreamers Bed Centre, is to cater to everyone. The best mattress for one person could be the worst for someone else. Which is why, we like to stock a comprehensive range of mattresses – with a size, tension and filling to suit all preferences and requirements.
So why not take a look today? Browse our online collection and take the first step towards a better night’s sleep. If you have any questions about the products available or would like further advice on the best mattress for your needs, please feel free to get in touch. Either give us a call on 01942 275 464 or send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you.