We spend one-third of our lives asleep and yet we don’t give the mattress the importance it deserves. Did you know that selecting the right mattress for you can be just as important as exercising or maintaining a balanced diet? Sleep plays a massive role in our mental, physical and emotional health. In fact, sleep has been clinically proven to; improve our memory, increase our metabolism, improve our mood, and kick start our immune system, all the while fighting harmful diseases. Have you ever woken up and felt like somehow a train has hit you in your sleep? Or better again, watch every hour on the clock go by as you tossed and turned your way out of bed the next morning? If the answer was yes, before you make any drastic life-changing decisions, the problem could literally lie in your mattress! Sometimes it really is that EZ! Lucky for you, today's blog features the ultimate guide to mattresses and everything you need to know to help you reach cloud 9! Let’s get started!
The 6 most important things to take into account when purchasing a mattress include:
People can often forget the importance of choosing the right size mattress. Generally speaking, people tend to choose the same size mattress they previously had but more often than not, they shouldn’t. Nothing stays the same in our busy lives and neither does our sleep pattern or sleep situation. For example, ask yourself questions like: do you now sleep with a partner, have you, children that nestle into the bed at 3 am, do you toss and turn regularly, or do you now share a bed? Generally speaking, the larger the bed, the better night’s sleep you will have. However, you do need to take into account the size of the mattress in relation to your bedroom. You must allow room for any other furniture that features in your room and check whether it will be possible to open doors, wardrobes, and chest of drawers.
Check out our infographic for loads of useful information on mattress sizes and fillings.
In this next section, we will discuss the two main components within a mattress which are fillings and springs.
When it comes to how firm a mattress needs to be, there is no one type that fits all. At EZ Living Furniture, we are firm believers in creating the perfect mattress for every single one of our customers. So whether you are a side sleeper, tummy sleeper, star-fish sleeper or don’t sleep at all type sleeper, there’s something for everyone in the audience!
There are 3 main types and most popular fillings when it comes to your mattress. These fillings include natural filling, synthetic filling, and memory foam filling. Each filling has a unique set of advantages that will appeal to each person differently.
Many people like natural fillings as they are healthy, breathable, are environmentally friendly and do not retain heat. A natural filling would be perfect for someone that changes position frequently or likes to sleep on their side. Natural fillings consist of latex, cotton, wool, horsehair, and much more.
This filling is primarily used in mattresses that are spring oriented. This type of filling can also be ideal for those suffering from allergies or respiratory complaints due to their anti-microbial properties. This type of firmness is ideal for lower back support, distributing weight evenly, helping reduce pressure points, and having less motion transfer. Some synthetic fillings include polyester, polyurethane, and much more.
Many people go for a memory foam filling as they are warm, moulds the shape of your body is great for back support, and are also hypo-allergenic. Many people who have back problems like Scoliosis, and Sciatica, or simply twist and turn regularly opt for a memory foam mattress as it maintains their posture throughout the night.
Too much of anything can be a bad thing and the same applies to the firmness of your mattress. If the bed is too soft, you will end up sinking into it whereas if the mattress is too hard, it won’t be able to mould toward the contours of your body. Both of the above will result in a poor night’s sleep if you let it! So when you’re making that big investment remember to think about balance!
A spring mattress will act as a shock absorber while also reducing the wear and tear of a mattress. Generally speaking, the more springs you have in your mattress, the more you will get out of your bed. For example, the difference in price is often a direct result of how many springs in your mattress and you can literally be paying the difference of 2,000 to 10,000 springs.
This consists of one large spring.
Advantages: it will make for a very firm and solidly supported mattress.
Disadvantages: Because it doesn’t consist of individual springs, the heaviest sleeper will always receive the biggest support. Motion transfer can often be felt more with this spring.
These springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets and therefore move independently. They are more costly than open coil springs but they last longer.
Advantages: Pocket springs provide greater support, comfort, and longevity. The more pocket springs you have, the more supported you will be.
Disadvantage: Potential to lose their shock absorption after a long period of time.
This is essentially pocket spring laid out in a honeycomb effect. This type of effect gives a very supportive feel and maintains that feel.
This provides zero movements in the springs and is formulated in a straight line.
Advantage: If you’re the type that likes zero motion transfer, an independent pocket spring might be the very spring for you!
Disadvantage: This spring could be too firm for some people resulting in an uncomfortable night’s sleep.
Soft: Clima Affluence, Featuring exclusive Arctic Chill Fabric, the impressive Clima Affluence mattress helps to keep you cool.
Medium to Firm: Therapeutic Mattress “Rian” –equipped 10,000 high-performance pocket springs and innovative comfort fillings that can help reduce fatigue, minimise stress and prevent sleep disturbance.
Firm: “Tranquillity” the mattress’s 1200 High-Performance Pocket Springs that deliver the ultimate combination of support and softness, and which are twinned with a reinforced perimeter frame to extend that comfortable feel all the way from one edge to the other. A mattress choice fitting for a five-star hotel.
The testing process is by far the most important process of investing in your new mattress. Lucky for you, EZ living furniture has put together EZ tips that you can apply both before and during your store visit to further assist your decision.
If you want to maximise your mattresses life span, follow these EZ tips below!