Get a good nights’ sleep

Only you are going to know what kind of mattress feels good to your body.

If you’re not getting a good nights’ sleep, this may be due to your mattress.

If your mattress is older than seven years, it’s time to check to be sure it’s still giving you the comfort and support you need for a good night’s sleep.

A good mattress should relieve pressure on your joints and your body. As your mattress ages, it loses the ability to do this and your sleep quality gradually declines. This happens so slowly, you may not even realise it.

When you’re ready to replace your mattress, you might not know what you want or what you should look for. There are a wide variety of mattresses available incorporating different materials and technologies that meet your budget and your needs.

But, remember, picking a mattress is very subjective. Only you are going to know what kind of mattress feels good to your body. Explore the different options so that you can begin to narrow down the type of mattress that is best for you.

Different types of mattresses include:

  • Innerspring mattress. This mattress uses a steel coil support system. The spring shapes, designs, coil gauge and number of coils in a mattress can vary. The innerspring is covered by padding or upholstery materials, including various foams, fibre and even additional layers of smaller steel springs.
  • Pillow-top mattress. Pillow-top mattresses have an additional upholstery layer sewn onto the top of the mattress, as if pillows were placed on top of it. This layer can be made from a variety of fibre and foam materials.
  • Hybrid mattress. A hybrid mattress combines a steel coil support system with one or more types of foam, such as polyurethane, memory, as well as foams that contain gel or other materials.
  • Memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses use high-density polyurethane foam as the support system, in the upholstery layer or both. This foam contours closely to the shape of the sleeper.

Information obtained from

Carmen Norton

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