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How to choose the best Mattresses

Our mattresses are available in all the standard sizes you would come to expect including single, double, king and super-king size.

We believe in investing in the best mattress your budget allows – after all we spend a third of our life in bed yearning a good night’s sleep. Sleep is a big contributor to our health and well being, so making the right choice is an important decision often overlooked.

So What Mattress Should I Buy?

As mentioned a good night’s sleep is essential for our well being, but sleeping on the a mattress that is unsuitable will lead to lots of tossing and turning trying to get comfortable that can impact on the quality of our sleep. So it’s important to know what kind of mattress to buy and making sure you choose the right one – one that will correctly support you and help keep you comfortable throughout the night. The biggest factors to take into consideration are, what level of support you require.

Bodyweight should determine the level of firmness your mattress should be, for example a well built man sleeping on a mattress that too soft will mean he will not have the correct support because he will sink into it too much – think of overloading a vehicle’s suspension system, likewise a petite woman on a mattress too firm will mean a lack of support where the body requires it most.

Most people who are average build, will usually require a medium level of firmness – this will provide the necessary support to the sleeper where its most required, if in the example above is relevant then a split mattress or zip and link will be more appropriate, that could be soft on one side and firm on the other, this would mean both mattresses will have the correct support – where they will contour to the shape and cradle the person sleeping.

Other factors to consider are the type of materials within, many mattresses come with springs, other types available are foam, latex or gel or a combination of the above, alongside other fillings, some are natural and others are synthetic or man made.

Mattresses with a good pocket spring count with natural fibres like silk and wool for example offer fantastic benefits because a pocket sprung system means each spring is coiled and contained in its own pouch and sewn side by side across the width and length of the mattress, each spring will mould and offer the correct support, materials like wool and silk are added because they are nature’s wonder fibres, silk has antimicrobial properties, while wool will help create a unique microclimate while you sleep help keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer months. These type of mattresses tend to be more expensive than their peers, however on balance they offer everything required. You may have heard of people getting to hot on memory foam, so a mattress with good airflow negates any issues in that regard.

Cheaper mattresses tend to be open coil – this means one long length of metal is fabricated into a mesh that creates a box, layers of polyester or other synthetic materials are added to provide cushioning, but these mattresses are inferior to the pocket spring type and tend to be of a firmer nature.

At Dreameasy we understand people must be budget conscious from time to time, but buying right the first time means you won’t be buying again for a long time.

What Size Mattress Do I Need?

Size is also important to take into consideration when choosing to buy a new mattress. Ideally your bed and mattress will be as big as your bedroom will allow, two people on a double size mattress can feel cramped and a tall person may find there is insufficient room on the length, so with this in mind a king or super-king mattress should prove to be the most suitable size.

What Is The Most Comfortable Mattress?

The most comfortable mattress for you will depend on how you sleep. Some people prefer to sleep on their side, others on their front and others on their back, while most of us it’s a combination of all three, the best advice here is – you should ideally try them in-store, and spend your time getting comfortable in your favoured sleeping position and not feel rushed into committing to buying something in a rush.

So What Is The Best Mattress?

As mentioned previously all mattresses available offer advantages and disadvantages, so below we have provided the different type of mattresses available.

(1) Memory foam – Invented by NASA in the 1970’s for the space program, a memory foam mattress moulds to your body and contours to your shape – this type offers good support and you’re less likely to disturb your partner if you move at night.
(2) Traditional spring or open coil – Traditional mattresses feature a wired mesh system that acts more like one large oversized spring – they offer good value for money.
(3) Pocket spring – These mattresses are more expensive but they are superior, long lasting and offer superb support over traditional types.
(4) Gel – Gel mattresses contain a layer of gel that helps regulate body temperature and are similar to memory foam but do not tend to cause a tendency for feeling hot – most mattresses feature a gel layer on pocket springs. They are also hypoallergenic, so if you suffer from respiratory conditions they can be beneficial – a good option if your budget allows.
(5) A Latex mattress offers more of a bouncy feel than memory foam mattresses, plus they are antimicrobial and resistant to mould and dust mites, making them excellent for people who suffer skin conditions like eczema or respiratory conditions.

How Much Should I Pay For A Mattress?

The simple answer is – how much do you value a good night’s sleep?
Let’s do some simple maths!. The average lifespan of a mattress is around 8 years, at that point it is recommended we replace our mattress, so 8 years multiply that by 365 days for every year and you get 2920 right?, well no……… don’t forget to factor in the leap years too, but it’s close enough for the following point, think about two people sharing a mattress every night over that 8 year period, let’s assume you buy a mattress for £799.99, that equates to just over 27 pence a night, now we need to divide that by two people sharing that mattress, based on the above that’s less than 14 pence a night, remember how we asked how much would you pay for a good night’s sleep, did you answer less than 15 pence? Probably not, but the example shows how much a good mattress might cost over the entire period of ownership, it’s even less if you keep the mattress longer than the recommended 8 year period. Most of us spend more money on our cars and mobile phones, but we don’t get to use them 8 hours a day!

We understand not everybody has significant sums of money for investing in a new mattress, however we think spending as much as you can afford will pay dividends in the long term.