If you haven’t had a good night’s sleep for a long time and you’re otherwise healthy and getting enough sleep, your old mattress is probably to blame. But how do you choose a really good quality mattress that will give you a well-deserved rest after a long day? Consider these 4 things before you buy:
The purpose of the mattress
If you’re buying a mattress for everyday use, then make sure it’s long-lasting. Normally, a good quality mattress should last 5-10 years. Focus primarily on the type of material and also consider your health issues. For example, if you suffer from back and spine pain, it is definitely worth investing in an orthopaedic mattress, which will help you with its special ergonomic shape. In fact, an inappropriately chosen or poor quality mattress can itself be the cause of such problems as:
- Back and joint pain
- Sleep disturbance and frequent waking
- Deformation of the spine
Hardness and material
The firmness of the mattress can be divided into 7 categories. We will only mention the 3 most common ones, which include very soft, medium firm and firm mattresses. If you like comfort, latex or cold foam mattresses will be perfect for you. If, on the other hand, you can’t imagine sleeping on a soft mattress or want a mattress with a higher load-bearing capacity, choose a hard and reinforced mattress.
Why is breathability important? It plays an important role, especially for people who sweat more often, as sweat that has nowhere to vent contributes to the proliferation of dust mites. If you struggle with sweat, you’ll be best suited to so-called sandwich mattresses, which are made up of several layers of high-quality foam and natural materials, such as coir or horsehair.
The size of the mattress depends a lot on your individual needs. In general, however, a mattress should be 20 to 30 cm longer than your height and at least 90 cm wide so that you can turn over comfortably without falling out of bed at night. As for the height of the mattress itself, it should be at least 15 cm, but the higher it is, the more comfortable it will be for you.