Mattress Buying Guide For A Better Sleep
Sleep experts have proven when people get the sleep they need, they will not only feel better, but will also increase their odds of living healthier, more productive lives. And with the new year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to be thinking about how much a good night’s rest can do for your day. If you’ve set yourself a list of new years resolutions, whether it be health, fitness, work or relationship related, waking up feeling fully rested can mean the world of difference. It gives you the motivation and a higher sense of alertness to tackle the day’s obstacles. After the excitement, stress, lack of sleep and indulgences that the festive season brings, we’re not going to be working at our optimum performance level. Now’s the time to be re-establishing a good bedtime routine and possibly thinking about buying a new mattress if your old one’s not giving you the support or quality rest that you need.
When should you replace your mattress?
Manufacturers and chiropractors recommend you replace your mattress around every 10 to 13 years, depending on how it’s treated. If it’s on a sprung base, plan to replace it every 12 or 13 years. A mattress on an unsprung base (including fixed-slat bases) should last about 10 years. Some obvious signs you need a new mattress are annoying peaks, dips or lumps, or if you wake up stiff. If it’s uncomfortable, interferes with your sleep or leaves you with a backache, it’s definitely time to act.
Buying the right mattress for you
A bed is a long term investment in your happiness, health and wellbeing. So take the appropriate time and effort and buy from a quality well known bed specialist to ensure you are getting quality information, good service and a great product for your money. When buying a new mattress, the most important consideration is personal comfort. If we’re comfortable, we have a better chance of sleeping well, and if we sleep well, we’re more inclined to stay healthy.
Take it for a test drive
Make sure to test ‘sleep’ on a mattress for at least 20 minutes in a normal sleeping position before you make a decision. You can’t judge if a bed has the correct amount of comfort and support by sitting on the edge. Remember to wear comfortable clothes and easily removed shoes as you set off on a day of mattress hunting. Try the bed with your partner at the same time. Lie in your usual sleeping position, and make sure that your hips and shoulders are comfortable.
Different types of mattresses
Different types of mattresses include spring, latex, memory foam, and foam mattresses. Standard inner-spring mattresses comprise of metal springs covered by foam and padding. Mattresses made of latex are expensive, but can be expected to to last up to 20 years. Memory foam mattresses, also know as ‘viscoelastic’, are a special type of foam mattress that reacts to your body heat and weight, and supports you evenly to help avoid pressure points. Many normal foam mattresses offer little support and shouldn’t be slept on regularly.
Consider your partner too
If you and your sleeping partner have different tastes, look for mattresses with adjustable firmness on each side of the bed. Sydney Mattress lets you personalise your mattress to suit your lifestyle. For couples that differ in body weight or for those who simply prefer different comfort levels, you can mix and match your sleep system. By ordering two different half-size mattresses, you don’t have to compromise. You can purchase these personalised mattresses through Beyond Furniture.
A range of natural memory foam mattresses can be trialed and purchased in all 3 Beyond Furniture stores (Crows Nest, Alexandria or Moore Park), or via the Beyond Furniture website.