Mattress Buying Guide

Your mattress can still feel comfortable long after it has lost its ability to provide your body with the proper comfort and support it needs. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether it’s time to buy a new mattress.

 - Is your mattress over 10 years old?
 - Do you wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains?
 - Do you have a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed?
   (Such as a hotel or friend’s guest room)
 - Does your mattress shows signs of overuse (it sags, has lumps, etc.)
When choosing a new mattress it is very important to not only know which bedroom it is for but who will be using it and how much use it will have.  A mattress for a child’s bedroom will have a great deal more use than a mattress for the spare or guest room.  Also in the main bedroom, where two adults will be sharing the same bed, the size of the mattress is very important. 
Regardless of the type of mattress you decide to purchase, always evaluate a mattress for comfort, support, durability and space. The mattress that best addresses these needs is the mattress for you.
Today’s top quality mattress is built for superior comfort. Luxurious new cushioning materials and extra-soft surface treatments create a plusher, more comfortable feel.
A good mattress will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture. Pay special attention to your shoulders, hips and lower back—the heaviest parts of the body.
Durability. It’s the quality of the materials used and how they’re put together that determines how long a mattress will provide comfort and support.
Cramped quarters can turn sleeping into a nightly wrestling match. A healthy person moves anywhere from 40-60 times a night, including dozens of full body turns. You need freedom of motion while you sleep and to help you relax while getting to sleep. Make sure that your mattress gives you room to move around comfortably throughout the night.
There is a vast range of Mattresses available to choose from each with its own style and make up costing from under £100 to many hundreds of pounds. 
Depending which bedroom the mattress is for, may determine the amount you are prepared to pay for it.  It should be remembered that you can spend one third of your life in bed and therefore would want it to be as comfortable and supportive as possible.  A good Mattress should last at least 10 years.
As previously stated, how and where your mattress will be used will determine the type and style you may choose.
There are generally three types of mattresses available on the market, they are –
The basic type mattress, which has just standard material filling.  
These are generally the cheapest and can be used in a guest room which has very infrequent use, or you cannot afford the more expensive types.  These mattresses can be very comfortable and have been available for a very long time.
The second type of mattress is the Pocket Spring Mattress which is made from hundreds of small conical springs linked together with a covering of suitable material.  
These have the advantage of being much more comfortable and supportive.  The pocket springs also give extra individual support to various parts of the body helping to keep the body spine in alignment, which helps to provide a better night`s sleep.  
In some of the better Pocket Spring Mattresses there is a double layer of springs.  The top layer being much smaller and therefore giving increased comfort.  These are generally more expensive than single layer Pocket Spring Mattresses.  It is also advisable to make sure that the type of Pocket Springs in the mattress you are considering to buy has individual Pocket Springs and not a continuous spring arrangement because these do not give the same individual support.
The third type of Mattress is the Memory Foam Mattress.  
Memory Foam Mattresses have the major advantage that when you lay on them in bed your body temperature and weight affects the Memory Foam and moulds itself into the shape of your body.  This has many advantages in that it helps to prevent pressure points.  
This is because the memory foam has moulded to your shape and supports each part of your body equally. The big advantage of memory foam mattresses is that the response is directly proportional to the individual who is lying on it. Therefore if the two people, who are sharing the bed, are different in stature then the memory foam will give the correct individual support and comfort to each.
Memory Foam is made with millions of very small holes embedded in it and depending on the density of the Memory Foam will determine how hard or soft the mattress is.
There are now Mattresses that have a combination of these interiors and you can find Pocket Spring Mattresses with a layer of Memory Foam on top of the springs giving you the best of both worlds.  
These obviously cost somewhat more than other types of mattresses but when you take into consideration that a good mattress will last in excess of 10 years the cost can be very reasonable when it is providing you with the best night`s sleep you have ever had. There are many popular mattress alternatives to address individuals’ comfort, support and space needs, including futons and adjustable beds. Futons mattresses are a popular alternative for those who need a sofa by day and a mattress by night. Electrically adjustable beds enable sleepers to adjust the head and foot of the bed to the most comfortable position.
When choosing a new mattress it is worth remembering that you spend up to one third of your life in bed therefore it is of utmost importance that the mattress will give you all the support and comfort you need for that perfect night`s sleep.
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