We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again- sleep is the most important part of your day. Whilst you’re asleep, your body works overtime to keep you healthy, which means that how you sleep and how long you sleep for impacts how healthy and happy you are more than anything else does. This is the absolute most important thing to keep in mind when you’re picking a mattress- you’ll want something that supports your body as it sleeps and minimises the strain on your muscles and joints.
So how do you pick the right one?
The first thing to consider is how you sleep- you’ll want something that minimises the amount of damage your chosen position will do, so that you don’t wake up stiff and sore. It’s also about comfort- if you sleep on your front, for example, a soft mattress will cause you to sink and feel hot.
As a general rule of thumb, a soft mattress is perfect for someone who sleeps on their side, because sleeping on your side puts a lot of pressure on your hips and shoulders, and the extra cushioning helps to relieve some of the strain.
Medium mattresses are a great one-size-fits-all, so if you move around a lot in your sleep, or tend to sleep in a lot of different positions, this can be a really great one to try out.
Finally, firm mattresses are perfect if you sleep on your front or your back, because they provide support that stops you from sinking and putting your spine in a strange position.
Other Things To Consider…
Whilst what position you sleep in is one of the most important considerations, there are lots of other things that you should take into account when you pick out a mattress.
For example, are you someone who overheats in your sleep? If you are then you’ll want something with cooling foam on the top so that your mattress isn’t making you too hot to sleep.
Do you have a partner who tosses and turns all night? If your sleep is regularly disturbed by your partner coming and going, you’ll want something with pocket coils that will minimise the amount the mattress shifts when they move, so that you find it easier to stay asleep.
Finally, there are also practical considerations. Nowadays, it’s even more difficult to buy a mattress at a store, especially considering that they are likely to come full-size and be difficult to transport. Lots of services, like our own, will deliver your mattress in a box so you don’t have to worry about COVID-Secure shopping or transporting it home on your own.
If you’re worried about ordering the right mattress online, look for a service that offers a trial period- lots of companies will take the mattress back and issue a refund if you don’t find it comfortable.
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