The reason to buy a new mattress is purely your choice. But how would you know you need to replace your old mattress?
Here are some signs to help you figure out why your mattress might need replacing.
A mattress is an expensive investment. You would sleep on it for years to come, and so it’s essential that you make the right decision based on your sleep needs.
But which mattress is right for you? In this guide, we’ve put together a list of the most common mattress types with their unique properties. We’ll also explain how to test a mattress in-store before buying, and what kind of mattress will suit your sleep style.
Memory foam, innerspring, hybrid, latex — it is understandable if you get overwhelmed with so many choices while buying a new sleep surface.
In this table, we are breaking down the prominent pros and cons of popular mattress types and how they feel.
When buying a mattress, of course, most buyers decide on the price and the reviews, however, deciding on the types of mattresses, and how each mattress material feels is also crucial.
Memory foam mattress provides great support while you sleep, as it conforms and contours to your body shape. The mattress becomes more supple with body heat, ensuring the cradling support your body requires.
Whether you have a plush or a firm memory foam mattress, it’s a good practice to rotate your mattress 180 degrees every three months to extend its lifespan.
As the name suggests, a hybrid mattress is a combination of foam and pocketed coils, creating a superior sleep surface with the benefits of both mattress materials.
A hybrid mattress has a unique feel. Initially, you’ll experience the softness and pressure-relief. As your body will engage more mattress layers, you’ll also feel reinforced support from the coils, making it easier to move around and change sleeping position.
If you’re looking for a natural mattress, natural latex (made using a rubber tree sap) is the best option. Latex mattresses tend to be more on the expensive side.
Latex mattresses mold to your body, but they feel different from memory foam, because the material has a more natural elasticity, meaning it will quickly regain its original shape.
Innerspring mattresses are a popular and affordable choice. Whether you’re a back sleeper or a stomach sleeper, an innerspring mattress accommodates you. It’s also suitable for heavyweight sleepers or anyone with back pain.
If you’re not rotating your spring mattress, then you’re severely reducing its lifespan. Rotating your mattress once every three months for even wear is important to prevent sagging, and help retain its shape.
Pocketed coils, also known as pocketed springs, contain coils individually sewn into fabric pockets. These coils move independently of each other, allowing the mattress to respond to your every movement.
Pocketed coils are seldom used alone in mattresses. They are present as support core in hybrid or luxury innerspring mattresses. They are a more responsive version of a traditional innerspring mattress with enhanced motion isolation.
Luxury airbeds are great for every sleep position, and couples with different firmness needs, as they offer adjustable firmness and support.
These beds use one or two air chambers as the primary support core, topped by different foams as the comfort layer. You can change the level of air in the chamber to adjust the firmness of the mattress. Both partners can set the firmness to their liking on the side they sleep.
Many consumers today prefer buying mattresses which are made from natural materials, have a relatively minimal environmental impact and contain negligible (if any) chemicals that are toxic to human health.
When buying natural, it’s vital to consider the ones with organic components. While no mattress is 100% organic, 60-90% natural/organic mattresses are available on the market. A mattress must be 95% organic and processed without potentially harmful chemicals to meet the USDA organic mattress standards and use the label “Organic.”
Always check certifications when shopping for an organic mattress. If you see the word “organic” with mattresses, they must have a third-party certification to validate the claim.
Look for terms like GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). Mattresses with this certification must use at least 95% certified organic fibers.
GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) specifies that the latex used must be at least 95% organic latex.
GREENGUARD specifies that a mattress is low in VOCs, formaldehyde, phthalates, and other harmful chemicals and that it is safe for children and the elderly.
Oeko-Tex assures that there aren’t any harmful substances that may be emitted from the mattress. This is a relatively common certification that you’re likely to come across as you shop.
CertiPUR-US applies only to the polyurethane foam in a mattress. This certification focuses on foam products rather than latex.
Organic Content Standard 100 refers only to the percentage of certified-organic materials, not to the presence of flame retardants, VOCs, colorants, or dyes.
If you’re in the market to buy a new mattress, it’s crucial to test it out in-store so you may know exactly how it will feel when you’ll lie down on it to sleep at night, and how well it suits you.
Buy the wrong one, and your comfy mattress could turn into a saggy flab in no time.
When trying a mattress in a store:
Testing out a mattress is a crucial step before purchasing. Read on to find out the best tips to test a mattress in store.
Back, side, and stomach sleepers are all going to need different support levels at different places. The most critical factor in finding the right mattress is to test it for support. Ensure the mattress has the right balance of support and spinal alignment for your sleep style.
Your body is not a straight line, it has curves, and the right mattress must bolster the arches of your body while supporting your spine. Let’s see how you can test the mattress support and spinal alignment for your sleep position.
For Back Sleepers: Lie down on a mattress, and try to slide your hand under the small of your back (the curve of your lower back). If your hand easily slides under your lower back curve, the mattress is perhaps too firm. If your hand doesn’t slide through at all, the mattress is probably too soft.
For Side Sleepers: Have your partner, friend, or a salesperson help you with this test. Lie in a bed on whatever side you would usually sleep. Ask someone to take a picture of your back, or ask them to observe your spine alignment. Make sure your spine is straight. If it isn’t, move on to another mattress.
For Stomach Sleepers: Since no mattress can fully support your back in this position, it’s not that easy to test. You can start by lying on a mattress, and checking how it feels under you. Is it making you sink into it? If yes, then your spine is in trouble. Lie on the bed for more than 20 minutes and note any pressure buildup or lower back pain. You need to avoid mattresses that are too soft or too firm.
Another important factor for selecting the right mattress is comfort. Firmness is crucial for a comfortable rest and pain-free sleep.
However, firmness is very subjective and difficult to measure. Therefore, it is crucial to test a mattress in-store and judge the comfort level from the overall feel you experience yourself. According to a study, 77% sleepers who tested the mattress firmness in-store felt exceptionally satisfied with their choice.
The suitable firmness level greatly depends on your personal comfort preferences. Whether you find a softer mattress more comfortable or the harder one. Some people prefer the cushioning foams that hug and contour them, while some prefer the balanced feel of Hybrid mattresses.
The testing trick is when you’re trying a mattress, lie in one position without moving for at least 15-20 minutes. If you can do that with ease, you’ve found the perfect sleep surface!
Test different mattress surfaces in various positions for their recovery time. See how well they absorb compression pressure, and how long do they take to return to their original shape when the weight is removed.
Lie down on a mattress in your preferred sleeping position. Shift positions and notice the time a mattress takes to get back to its original condition. The response time of a memory foam mattress will usually be more than a gel foam.
Response time is crucial for you if you are a combination sleeper. When you shift positions, you’ll feel a massive difference in comfort, because the mattress might take a long time to adjust to this change.
SleePare allows you to test a mattress by taking a 30-minute nap on it so that you can feel it for a longer time, and eventually make a more informed decision. This duration is ideal for testing the responsiveness of different sleep surfaces, so make the most of it.
Another problem some people have is heat retention of the mattress. Most good mattresses nowadays use innovative materials and technologies to stay cool.
If you’re a hot sleeper and experience night sweats, avoid memory foam and synthetic latex mattresses. These materials tend to retain body heat. The loftier and denser they are, the warmer they can feel.
Whereas, natural latex, breathable foams, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses provide a cooling feel. So, make sure to check what mattress material will suit you best.
Mattress heat retention often results in excessive sweating. Main factors that affect heat retention include mattress type, mattress firmness, sleeper weight, and comfort layer composition.
Test the mattress to see how it deals with sweat and moisture. Lie on a mattress for 15 minutes in one position and notice sweating, suffocation, and how quickly the sweat dries (in case it makes you that sweaty).
For more information, read our section on mattress material guide to get an idea about the cooling ability of different mattress materials.
You’ll notice the comfort level in the top layer of the mattress as soon as you crawl into bed. The comfort layer will cradle your pressure points and give you ease as soon as you lie down.
Each individual experiences comfort on a mattress differently. To test the comfort of a mattress, you have to try and feel it. For some people, a firmer bed will feel just right, while others will experience greater comfort with a softer mattress. Only you can accurately gauge what’s comfortable to you.
A mattress with suitable comfort and cushioning will eliminate pressure points while you sleep, leading to less tossing and turning, fewer aches and pains upon waking, and overall better-quality rest.
If you sleep on your back, you’re more likely to develop pressure points around areas like your shoulders, tailbone, and heels. Whereas, if you sleep on your side, your hip, knee, and shoulder, are more at risk. (This is true if your mattress is too firm).
Stomach sleepers run the risk of pressure points on their ribcage, thighs, and knees, especially if the mattress they’re sleeping on is too soft.
Also, with age, your comfort preferences may change. As people grow older, they often need a softer feeling mattress to help address pain issues. So, it totally depends on your personal liking.
If you’re going to share your bed, it’d be wise to visit the mattress store with your partner and test different mattresses together. Besides other factors, doing this will also help you assess how effectively a mattress minimizes motion transfer when sleeping with your partner.
A mattress that jiggles each time your partner moves on it can disturb your sleep. You run the risk of being woken up by your partner’s changing positions because the mattress transfers too much of that motion to your side of the bed.
Lie down on the bed together and have your partner switch positions while you rest on the other side of the bed. Notice how much motion you feel.
You’ll appreciate strong edge support in a mattress if you sleep with a partner who tends to hog most of the bed. Or if you have kids who might share the bed, or perhaps you need a little extra push to get you in and out of bed. Sitting and lying on the mattress edge will give you an idea if the support is enough for you.
Most innerspring mattresses use the upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but some very cheap beds simply use a steel rod on the sides.
Foam encasement is better. Memory foam mattresses don’t often have edge reinforcements. Because of the nature of the foam, it sinks under your weight as you sit on the mattress edge.
Now that you know how to test a mattress in-store, visit your nearest SleePare showroom to enjoy an unmatched mattress shopping experience. Each mattress you test will bring you closer to your dream mattress and a restful sleep.
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