How to choose the right mattress?
Buying a quality mattress on which you will pass a third of your time, that really will last (we suggest changing your mattress every 8-10 years) and give you the best possible comfort to aid sleep is a big decision and can represent one of the most important investments for your future and health you can make.
In a world where chemical agents are in almost everything from food to clothes and furniture), we at The Sleep Lovers are sure: a chemical free mattress is an intelligent choice if you are seeking to reduce your toxic exposure for your family and your health.
But even in this case, it is necessary to understand what the peculiarities are that distinguish one model from another.
First of all, we can say that a natural mattress is to be considered as such only if it is built from natural raw materials. We also advocate going for a fire retardant free mattress too. We will have more information about this subject soon and why it is close to our hearts but in short the fire retardants which are found in nearly all furniture in the U.K. are incredibly toxic chemicals many of of them are very similar to organic phosphates (pesticides) and others contain Bromine (also very toxic).
Another important feature is that there are no phthalates, plasticized chemicals often placed on cradles, but sometimes also on cushions and mattresses. These chemical components cause health problems and difficulty in sleeping as they affect the endocrine system and hormonal development: especially in children and can cause serious difficulties such as asthma or allergies.
Another useful precaution to take is to verify the absence of PBDE, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, another chemical component that risks stimulating an alteration of the endocrine system such as immune suppression, as well as polyurethane foam, petroleum derivative, in the long run it is believed by some that they can cause respiratory irritations and cancer.
To choose a good mattress you cannot ignore personal and physical needs because what works for me (my weight and my nocturnal habits) may not be the best mattress for you.
If you want to choose a good mattress, you have to keep in mind several factors and ask yourself about your real needs. For example, do you know that the greater your weight, the more rigid you will probably need the mattress to be? Try to answer these questions and then let’s see together which is the best mattress for your needs.
- What’s your weight?
- Do you suffer from the heat?
- Do you suffer from night sweats?
- Do you have any particular back problems?
- Do you suffer from neck issues?
- Do you move during the night or do you tend to take a single position?
The different types of mattress (spring, zone, latex, memory foam, etc.) can have different levels of rigidity.
A more rigid mattress is indicated to support individuals with a higher weight and greater rigidity could guarantee a longer duration of the product over time. An excessively soft mattress may not provide the spine with the necessary support. There are mattresses of medium stiffness, variable according to the materials of manufacture, which could represent a good compromise in some cases. The softer mattresses are considered suitable for children and the elderly, as well as for lighter people.
One of the most important parts of the mattress is the lining, as it is the closest element to our body. Some mattresses sold as “hypoallergenic” may have a lining in polyester or other synthetic materials, which may cause perspiration during the night. It is therefore advisable to make sure that the covering of the mattress is made of a natural fabric such as cotton. The ideal choice could fall on an organic and breathable cotton lining.
Considering the structure of your bed should not be underestimated in order to guide the choice of your mattress. For reasons of space saving, often the beds on sale are currently equipped with compartments located below the mattress, which allow for example to store the winter blankets during the summer. However, this hinders the circulation of air below the mattress and could lead to the formation of mould. The problem is exacerbated with latex mattresses.
There are many types of mattress and, as stated, it is impossible to talk about the best mattress without knowing the specific needs of the individual. Currently available on the market are these types of mattress:
- Memory Foam mattress
- Traditional spring mattress
- Encapsulated spring mattress
- Combined mattress or hybrid mattress
- Latex mattress
Each of these models has advantages and disadvantages that can affect your nocturnal habits and the quality of sleep.
To give you some examples.
The latex mattress and the encapsulated spring mattress are chosen for their rigidity. Latex mattresses do not tend to be as rigid as those with springs but neither are as soft as Memory foam.
If you’re wondering how to choose a good mattress, you’ll also need to look at the posture of how you sleep. If you prefer to sleep on your side or in a fetal position, you will undoubtedly find it better with a softer mattress such as a Memory Foam or a soft (and not rigid) spring mattress. On the other hand, if you are sleeping in a supine position, a latex mattress may be better.
The more rigid models are particularly suitable for those suffering from postural back pain, for overweight people and for people with mobility problems: they facilitate the task of getting on and off the bed.