Which mattress are you taking to bed?...as cliché as that may sound, it is something we should take time to consider. A mattress can leave you happy and all ready to take on the world during the day or grumpy and in a foul mood the whole day long, in which case we are generally asked – which side of the bed did you get up from? More than the side, it is the mattress that plays spoilsport here
We have talked about the need to replace a mattress every eight years, in another article of ours…but do we in the first place know the type of mattress that is ideal in terms of comfort, giving us a good night’s sleep and not to forget the cost factor.
If you were to ask me, after a long tiring day’s work, I definitely look forward to a good night’s rest on a mattress that transports me to a world of comfort. One might argue about a mattress being just that…a mattress…another piece of furniture. But other than the clothes we wear to bed, the room temperature, stress level and other factors such as our partner’s sleeping pattern, etc., the type of mattress has a major say in how well we sleep.
As one would have understood by now, a good mattress can actually enhance the quality of sleep. And for that to happen, we need to understand the type of mattress that is best suited to us, all factors considered.
So let us get to know the various types of mattresses available in the market:
Innerspring MattressThis mattress is made of a steel coil support system. There are many types of systems that are based on a variety of spring shapes, designs, coil gauge. This mattress is made of a steel coil support system. There are many types of systems that are based on a variety of spring shapes, designs, coil gauge, number of coils, etc. All of these will matter when it comes to providing the required support to the sleeper.
Hybrid MattressThis type of mattress has a steel coil support system that is combined with one or many types of foam, such as viscoelastic, latex, polyurethane and even foams made from gel and other types of materials.
Pillow-top MattressThis kind of mattress has an additional layer of upholstery sewn onto the top of the mattress giving the appearance of a pillow. The extra layer on top is made from different types of foam and a variety of fibers.
Specialty Foam MattressThis is a type of foam mattress made from viscoelastic, latex, polyurethane and gel-filled foams. The foam used for this type of mattress is generally manufactured in a variety of densities and shapes, offering a mattress with a different feel, comfort and heat dissipation features.
Gel MattressAs the name suggests, this type of mattress is made with gel-filled foam, made with a different technology, in the support system and/or in the upholstery. This mattress offers a different feel, comfort and heat dissipation features to the consumers.
Latex MattressThis mattress contains latex foam, made from plant- or petroleum-based materials, either in the support system or upholstery or both.
Memory Foam MattressThis mattress is made from high-density polyurethane foam used in the support system and/or upholstery layer. This mattress tends to contour the sleeper, giving a snug feel.
AirbedThe support system of this conventional looking bed uses an adjustable air chamber, which is covered with padding or upholstery material and can also include fiber and a variety of foams. The airbed can be adjusted for firmness independently on either side of the bed, thus, matching the sleeper’s need.
WaterbedAs the name suggests, this bed uses a water chamber for the support system, which is “free-flow.” Hard-sided and soft-sided are the two types of waterbeds, wherein, the hard-sided waterbed contains a water chamber that is placed inside a rectangular wood frame and the soft-sided waterbed has a water chamber inside a rectangular rigid foam frame. Both types of waterbeds, which have a conventional bed appearance, are generally placed on a platform
Let us get to the crux of the matter…sorry, the mattress. The type of mattress best suited to us would depend on –
As per medical experts, firm beds are supposed to be ideal for people suffering from low backaches.
- Body type
- Sleeping position (wherein the head, shoulders, back, buttocks and the heels need to be aligned for a relaxed sleep)
- Firmness of the mattress (considering that a very firm mattress can push the pressure points in our body and disturb its alignment and a too soft mattress will not provide the required support and the body tends to become floppy)
- Bed size etc.
Ready to invest in a good mattress? Now that you have the basic understanding about the various mattresses, understand your need, and go right ahead and invest in one.
Make your choice and slumber on!