So you have read Dr Mason’s blog article ‘Do I need a new mattress’. Now, you’ve decided to buy a new one. Here are some tips to help you decide which to go for. Let’s begin with the main types:
This has been one of the most popular types of mattress for many years. The springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets to keep them in place, giving you good support across the width of the mattress. However, if you choose a pocket sprung mattress then be aware that the more springs the better, which will of course be reflected in the cost! This is because the more springs there are in your new mattress, the more support your body will get when you lie on it.
This is particularly true if you share a bed with a partner. If there are two of you, a cheap, minimally-sprung mattress may result in you rolling towards one another at night! This will both leave you lying in an uncomfortable position, may reduce the support your body receives and can impact on the quality of your sleep.
Finally, pocket sprung mattresses are typically cooler than memory foam mattresses. This is because they are less dense and aren’t activated by heat. They may be a better choice if you often find yourself too warm at night. Check the description and aim for 1000+ pockets if you can.
This type of mattress is topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material (memory foam). One brand that helped to popularise this technology is Tempur, although there are now many brands on the market, offering variations on the same theme. The shape of the mattress changes to fit the shape of your body, and as the topping is dense it tends to make the mattress feel warmer. Be aware, if you jump on or sit down quickly onto this mattress you won’t feel the ‘bounce’ you expect!
Less common and more expensive, latex has some of the advantages of memory foam and may last longer. They are made up of layers of springy latex.
Continuous and Open Coil
Continuous coil mattresses are made from a single looped wire, and open coil from single springs fixed together by one wire. These are typically the cheapest mattresses, but they have a downside – because the springs move as one unit you’re more likely to be disturbed by your partner moving around during the night, and the coils wear out more quickly than those in pocket sprung mattresses. This will again lead to the rolling-into-the-middle situation. However, if you intend to replace it every few years then this may be the option for you!
I hope this post has helped inform you – good luck with your mattress shopping and thanks for reading!
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