Why It’s So Important to Choose the Perfect Mattress for Yourself and How to Do It Right
The first mattresses were filled with straw or pea shucks and covered with velvet or silk. Those were the only mattress options after the Middle Ages. Today, however, there many more types to choose from, but it’s no easy task, since our sleep and backs are counting on us to choose the right one.
Bright Side would like to help you learn why it is so important and how to find the right mattress for you. Your backs will thank us!
Why mattresses are so important
- A good mattress can serve you for many years.
- The right mattress should give you a good spinal alignment. This means you should find a mattress that gives you the best support for your needs, so your spine isn’t curved or twisted when you lie down. Equal weight distribution will save you a world of trouble, like chronic pain, and will make your sleep better.
- It could tackle snoring. Snoring usually comes from sleeping on your back, but if your mattress isn’t distributing the weight of your body properly and your neck and head aren’t properly supported — this causes your throat to constrict, which may result in snoring.
- The right mattress can have a positive effect on you and reduce your stress levels. When the quality of your sleep isn’t great, your body produces more stress hormones. A good mattress can help you avoid that.
How to choose the right mattress size
Mattresses with measurements of 52″ in length and 28″ in width are perfect for babies. Twin mattresses that are 75″ in length and 38″ in wide, are the smallest and least expensive standard mattresses and are perfect for kids or adults, who don’t take up much space.
The Twin XLs are 5 inches longer than twin mattresses. That means they are good for taller people who also don’t take up too much space. The Full, also known as a Double, size mattresses are great for single sleepers who want something with more space than a Twin. These mattresses can also fit 2 children during their transitional years.
Full/Double XL size mattresses are 5 inches longer than the regular Full size mattress. They work for taller sleepers who want the largest possible space intended for a single person, but they can also fit 2 people who don’t take up too much space. The Queen size mattresses are the most popular ones, because they are the perfect fit for 2 people, with a length of 80″ and width of 60″.
King size mattresses are 80″ in length and 76″ in width, they are the perfect mattresses for couples who love to have some space, especially if one of the 2 people is an active sleeper who moves a lot. California King size mattresses are 4 inches narrower than the regular King size, but they are also 4 inches longer, they are specifically designed for taller individuals and couples.
The Wyoming King size mattresses are 84″ in length and 84″ in width, they are not very common in stores, but they have a lot of space for couples, their little kids, and even their dog. The Alaska King size mattresses offer even more space with 108″ length and 108″ width. They are the so-called family mattresses that can easily fit up to 4 adults.
Of course, when buying a mattress you have to consider who are you buying it for. Whether it’s just for you, your partner, your child, or your dog... or all of them together.
How to choose the right type of mattress
Choosing the right type is mostly up to personal preference, but they all have their benefits and purpose. The 6 most popular types are:
- Memory foam: They are known to offer great support, pressure relief, and contouring. They give you a “hug,” but they could get a little hot.
- Latex: Latex mattresses are known for their comfort and cooling properties.
- Coils (Innerspring): This type of mattresses offers great comfort thanks to its layers of spring coils.
- Pillow-top: This type of mattresses offers another layer that is sewn or stuffed into the cover, it adds even more comfort to your mattress, making you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud.
- Hybrids: Like the name suggests, they are a combination of latex, memory foam, coils, and/or other materials, aiming to maximize all the best benefits from the different types and minimize the negative features. If you want the best of all worlds — this type of mattress is for you.
- Adjustable: This type of mattresses offers you the ability to change its sleeping position to your preference. They can elevate your feet and back and some can even heat up or massage you. They are perfect for people with certain needs stemming from medical conditions, like lower back pain, snoring, and other issues.
How to choose a mattress depending on your sleeping position
- Sleeping on your side: For side sleepers, mattresses that have a soft to medium firmness are the best choice. On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the most firm, people should look for a firmness level between 3 and 6. Your mattress should be able to contour the curves of your body, because if it doesn’t — sleeping on your side may cause you lower back pain, neck pain, and/or shoulder pain.
- Sleeping on your back: For back sleepers, mattresses who are firm and offer support are the best choice. On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the most firm) you should look for a mattress with a firmness level that falls between 4 and 7. Which means it provides enough softness, but still has a lot of support.
- Sleeping on your stomach: For stomach sleepers, mattresses that offer good support should be the number one priority. The torso will be the heaviest part lying on it and if it sinks, that will curve the spine and might cause lower back pain and other problems. So, your mattress should be able to offer full support for your body, spread out equally. Most of the time, stomach sleepers might need a mattress that’s between 5 and 8 on the firmness scale.
How to choose the right level of mattress softness or firmness
For a soft feel:
- Lighter sleepers (150 pounds or less) should look at mattresses that are soft, plush, and in that 3-4 range on the firmness scale.
- Average sleepers (150-200 pounds) that are closer to the 150 mark should look at the same mattresses as the light sleepers. If you’re closer to 200 pounds, then these soft mattresses that give you a hug may not be the best option, especially if you sleep on your back or stomach.
- Heavier sleepers (200 pounds or more) should look for mattresses that don’t sink, provide good support, and are still soft enough. These mattresses can be foam or pillow-top coil.
For a medium feel:
- Lighter sleepers (150 pounds or less) should look at mattresses that are considered to be “universal comfort mattresses.”
- Average sleepers (150-200 pounds) should look at any mattress that falls under the medium firm category or is between 5 and 7 on the firmness scale.
- Heavier sleepers (200 pounds or more) should look at mattresses that offer a good level of comfort and support.
For a firm feel:
- Lighter and average sleepers (150 pounds or less, up to 200 pounds) should look at mattresses that offer a 8-9 level of firmness.
- Heavier sleepers (200 pounds or more) should look at mattresses that are 0.5-1 point higher than their needs. If you are looking for an 8 on the firmness scale, look for mattresses that are around an 8.5-9 on the scale. However, going above 9 is not recommended as it is basically like sleeping on the floor.
What is your sleeping position of choice and what kind of mattress do you sleep on? Feel free to share your tips how to choose the perfect mattress with us!