We assume if you are reading this guide, then you are definitely planning to purchase a new mattress. There may be several intentions behind this purchase. Maybe your current mattress is not comfortable and you wake up tired or maybe you just want a bigger size mattress. In each case, our goal is to help you select the right mattress so you do not regret wasting your money on a worthless mattress in the future. In this article, we will discuss some basics that are essential to consider for selecting the right mattress.
Choosing the Right Mattress
What are the characteristics that one should look for while purchasing a new mattress? Well, a mattress should be structured such that it keeps you in proper alignment while not causing any pressure to the body. There are some major and minor factors to look for while selecting a mattress. We are going to discuss these factors briefly.
- The Major Mattress Factors
Support and comfort are the two major factors to look for in a new mattress.
Testing for Support in a Mattress
Support is the most important factor to look for while finding the right mattress. Human body is not straight. It has curves. People have different sleeping patterns. Some sleep on their back, others sleep on their side, or stomach. A mattress must support the body’s curves and arches. Just as a good shoe will have arch support. Consider the following image:
You can see that the mattress dips down around her hips and shoulders, but the spine is in proper alignment. If the mattress is too hard, your hips and shoulders would be pushed up and your spine would not be straight. Sleeping in such a position for too long may cause severe backache. The exact consequences would occur if the mattress is too soft. You will sleep on it like a hammock. A mattress should contour to the shape of your body and hold it in its neutral alignment.
Testing for Comfort in a Mattress
Comfort is the second most important criteria to look for while selecting the right mattress. A good mattress is a pressure reliever. A hard mattress causes pressure to your body as it cuts off circulation and pinches nerves. If this occurs, you will have to change your positions frequently.
- The Minor Mattress Factors
The minor criteria that you should look for when searching for a good mattress are:
If you have to share your bed with a partner, then minimizing the motion transfer is a major concern. If the mattress transfers too much motion to your side of the bed then you will always be at a risk of waking up. Especially if your partner gets in or out of bed, or changes positions. We recommend you to try the mattress with your partner in the store to check how much motion your feel when your partner switch positions while your back is turned.
The mattress should have a strong edge support, especially if you sit or sleep near the edge of the bed. Most of the mattresses use an upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but some of the cheap mattress varieties use a steel rod on the side. Foam encasement, in this case, is a better option.