How To Choose the Best Mattress
How to Choose the Best Mattress
Recommendations for 2020
Choosing a new mattress can be a confusing & overwhelming experience!
There are so many options when choosing a new mattress…
So how do you know if it is the best mattress for you?
Our Hilton Chiropractor Nicole will help you through this process below.
Firstly we must ask a few questions
Do I Need a New Mattress?
How do we know when our mattress is due to be replaced?
Most quality mattresses have a lifespan of around 8-10 years. See the graph below for particular average ages for different materials.
Taking extra care of your mattress ensures it lasts the 8-10 years.
Signs that you might be due to replace your mattress can include:
- Sagging in the middle (you tend to roll into the middle of the bed)
- Flipping the mattress doesn’t improve the feeling of it
- Feeling the springs when you lay on the mattress
- Having the mattress over 12 years (From a hygiene perspective)
- You are sore after sleeping on the mattress
- You cannot get comfortable on the mattress
What Factors are Important in Selecting a Mattress?
There are a range of different materials that mattresses are made of. The most common can include:
- Memory Foam
- Pillow Top
Memory Foam is a popular choice as it contours to your body. It is made from polyurethane that is processed with chemicals to make a material that is dense & absorbs energy.
It is a popular choice in modern times due to comfort & support for the body (particularly for people with back pain or joint pain). A lot of companies use it as the top layer on the mattress due to these reasons.
A downside can be the “stuck feeling” people report when sinking into the mattress, as well as it sleeping quite hot due to the type foam.
Latex is another highly used and popular product. It has a natural bounce and springs back after getting off the mattress. Natural latex is from rubber trees. For example, Dunlop latex – it is durable and prevents sagging in mattresses which makes it a popular choice.
Natural latex is sustainably produced and a good eco-conscious option.
In comparison, a latex mattress is a lot cooler than its memory foam counterpart.
Coils or spring mattresses are becoming less popular due to more modern options becoming available. The more springs/coils the mattress has makes for a more supportive or comfortable mattress.
The coils do allow good airflow & enable a cooler sleep like latex. They also contour the body in a similar way to the memory foam, but without the stuck feeling.
But because of all the spaces in the mattress, they can irritate people with allergies due to dust depositing.
Pillow Top is usually a combination of a base material (either Latex, Memory Foam or Spring) with a soft, fluffy topper sewn onto the top. This is for people who like the soft mattress feel but still need the support of a quality mattress.
So what you choose from those categories is dependent on your bodily requirements. Try and pick out problems with your current mattress and avoid those with your next selection, Such as: I was always sinking in – try and avoid memory foam. Or I like to be cool when I sleep – Try out Latex.
Type & Quality
The mattress you select depends on the needs of your body. A priority here should be spinal support – This means the spine is resting in a neutral or natural position whilst in the sleeping position & with a change of positions – that way there is no extra strain on your spine or body.
Secondly, you want to ensure there is low levels of partner disturbance if you are purchasing the mattress for two people. High partner disturbance (mattress movement whilst the other person is moving around) is a common complaint for people getting a poor sleep (it’s up there with snoring!)
Thirdly, it comes down to comfort. Trying out different styles of mattresses is a good way to start – or if you have had success with a certain style in the past, that is a great way to start! Although, just because a really soft mattress is comfy in the store, doesn’t mean it is the best for your spine!
Most people prefer to be on a mattress ranging from Medium to Firm. Soft is not generally recommended as it doesn’t support your body. A very firm mattress may be required for larger sized individuals to prevent the mattress sinking in.
Cost (Value for Money)
One major myth about mattresses is that the more you spend, the better it is! This is untrue.
Yes there are cheap & nasty mattresses out there – and they are high end ones that fetch up to $30,000! I’m sure they are comfortable, but it’s not a requirement to spend this much to get a quality mattress.
You can find a good quality, supportive & long lasting mattress in Australia in a range from $1000-$5000 depending on your needs.
What Website is Best to Compare Mattresses?
My recommendation on the best free resource to help choose a mattress is Australian Review site Bed Buyer – www.bedbuyer.com.au
- Experienced team of Health Professionals – in clinical care & mattress assessment
- Over 1500 reviews with major brands & stores
- Independent reviews – Not recommending products through incentives/kick-backs
- They compare the most important factors: Comfort, Quality, Value, Spinal support & partner disturbance
How Do I Look After My Mattress?
There are a number of ways to extend the life of your mattress or ensure it lasts around 8-10 years.
- Use a mattress protector, wash bed linen regularly
- Flip or rotate your mattress regularly (if possible)
- Take care when moving/storing the mattress (Cover/seal the mattress and stand upright/on side in transit
- Allow light/sun to contact your mattress every month or so – take the protector off & leave for a few hours
- Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions for stains/general cleaning
Bonus Info: What is the Best Eco-friendly Mattress Option?
As we are thankfully getting more eco-conscious, we look to eco-options in all products that we purchase to:
- Minimise environmental impact &
- Minimise waste and
- Choose less toxic production practices for our health (Keep in mind, you are on your mattress 7-10 hours a day – not ideal if it has been processed with or sprayed in chemicals!)
Through some research, we have discovered a few options:
- Fern Earth
- No gas producing fossil fuel foams, synthetics, chemical glues or toxins
- 100% natural Dunlop latex (from Sri Lanka) & covered in organic cotton
- Safe & grown without pesticides
- Affordable pricing (Approx $849 Single, $1200 Queen)
- See more on their website (https://www.fernearth.com.au/)
- The Natural Bedding Company
- Organic, handcrafted in Sydney, Australia – carefully selecting material sources with ethical/sustainable practices & processes
- Affordable pricing (Range $1150 to $2500)
- Mattress cover made with Organic cotton with hemp (NZ), Filling is a combination of organic latex (Sri Lanka), Wool & Coir (coconut husk). Bed Bases using Australian hardwood.
- See more on their website (https://www.thenaturalbeddingcompany.com.au/pages/about)
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