Getting a good night’s sleep depends on many factors such as comfort, stress level, room temperature – but to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a peaceful nights’ sleep.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress and have recently been to a mattress store, you know that there is a wide variety to choose from. So how do you know which mattress is best for you? To start, says Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, the mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are supported in proper alignment.
“If the mattress is too firm, it will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment,” Shamie tells us. “If it’s too soft, those pressure points won’t be properly supported, so your whole body flops back.” Both of these scenarios can lead to an achy morning. Generally speaking, one type or brand of mattress isn’t better than another. However, it is found that a firmer mattress seems to be better for people with lower back pain.
Spring/coil/pocket coil or more commonly known as innerspring mattresses are still by far the most widely used. These mattresses support you with coil springs, and in most built today, each coil is individually enclosed. This helps the mattress weather years of use and prevents the coils from popping out of the mattress. At Sleep Masters, many of our mattresses are built using pocket coils which provide even more support than the conventional steel coils. Above the coils are a wide variety of materials added for comfort, from pillow to latex to memory foam to bio gel. It’s all a matter of personal preference. At Sleep Masters, every single mattress also has a layer of centre and lumbar support. This is a thin pad that provides flexibility and additional reinforcement within the core ensuring appropriate posture support while preventing the mattress from sagging.
Pros: There are plenty of innerspring mattresses on the market from which to choose. They range in firmness, the fluffiness of the pillow top, and in price to fit nearly every preference and pocket book.
Cons: There’s no direct relationship in most cases between price and comfort, but Shamie suggests steering clear of the cheapest innerspring mattress. If there aren’t enough springs and cushion to offer you proper support, he says, you’ll likely wake up with an aching back.
Conditions: For someone who is very overweight, spring mattresses may offer a firmer support, making them easier to get in and out of. Firmer versions are good for people with back pain. But spring-based mattresses can be comfortable for almost anyone.
Tempurpedic/Memory Foam Mattresses
Tempurpedic is actually just a brand name however when people mention “tempurpedic” what they really mean is a memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses are growing in popularity. They are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature, and are known for comfort because they contour to the specific shape of your body.
Pros: By molding to the shape of your body as your weight shifts through the night, memory foam reduces pressure points and relieves pain. Memory foam is also known as a movement absorber. So if you sleep with a partner, you’re not likely to be disturbed by their tossing and turning.
Cons: The biggest complaint about memory foam mattresses is that they can make you feel very hot during the night. This is because memory foam mattresses are temperature sensitive, softening and molding with your body heat.
Conditions: If you have a hard time getting comfortable, have chronic fatigue, or some type of muscle pain, then a memory foam mattress would work well for you, assuming you don’t have temperature issues.
Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber, and are known for providing a firm, bouncy support that is uniform throughout the bed. At Sleep Masters Canada, our latex mattresses are made using only 100% natural latex.
Pros: Latex mattresses are becoming more and more popular each day. This is because latex mattresses are generally firm and supportive but at the same time provide comfort similar to memory foam. Unlike memory foam however, latex pushes back, ultimately providing more support.
Cons: If you are not a fan of a firmer mattress, latex is probably not the right choice for you.
Conditions: Latex mattresses are for people who are looking for that combination of firm support and comfort.
Finally, we at Sleep Masters believe that there is no such thing as the ‘best’ mattress. However, there is a best mattress for each person. We highly recommend you to visit a showroom where you can freely try many different mattresses and make the choice for yourself. Sleep Masters Canada offers a 2 week in-home trial from the receipt of your mattress and will give you a full refund or exchange your mattress if you are unhappy.