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It is one of the most important purchases you will make to improve your quality of life.
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At Sleepmasters all our beds are suited for a variety of shapes and sizes - so choose the comfort you prefer.
However, heavier persons often prefer Firm or Medium comfort layers as the additional comfort layers of Plush mattresses may lead to more body indentation.
Moderate body indentation on a mattress is normal as your mattress will mould to some extent to your body shape - similar to shoes that get worn in.
Back, Hip or Neck Pain
If you suffer from back, hip or neck pain – your mattress might be to blame and often it is simply because your mattress needs to be replaced due to sagging.
However, it might also be because your pillow does not give you proper neck support, or, if you have hip or lower back pain, that your mattress is simply too hard or soft and therefore gives no pressure relief.
Medium to Plush mattresses have additional comfort layers on the support base to provide contouring and moulding to your body’s curvature which will alleviate triggering of back pressure points.
Latex or memory foam comfort layers are especially effective to conform to body curvatures and therefore very effective to distribute weight and alleviate hip and shoulder pressure.
Back or tummy sleepers
If you are primarily a back or tummy sleeper, then Medium to Firm mattresses are very effective in providing the right lumbar support and spine alignment to the mid-section of your back.
The pillow region of the mattress takes up roughly 20% - 25% of your total mattress surface. Many aches and pains of the neck and back can be attributed to the wrong pillow as it does not provide adequate spinal alignment.
You need a pillow that keeps your spine in equilibrium with a cradling effect around your head.
Feather and down pillows are very popular but sometimes they are too fluffy to provide adequate neck support and spine alignment – this is especially important to side sleepers.
Memory foam pillows are typically firmer but provide good neck support without feeling too hard. Over time they conform to the shape of your head without loss of support. These pillows are very effective for side sleepers.
Do not underestimate the importance of the right pillow in alleviating neck, shoulder and back pain.
Hip pain can also be alleviated by slipping a pillow between your knees for better joint alignment and reduced strain.
All mattresses in our range are designed to limit partner disturbance so this should not be a concern in your choice of mattress.
Pocket coil- and foam cores are often seen as particularly efficient in limiting partner disturbance due to their specific qualities – but all spring cores in our range are carefully designed to minimise partner disturbance.
Spring, Foam or Pocket?
Each of these mattress-core types create a slightly different support structure due to the different technologies used and one is not better than the other.
All types of mattress cores (inner-spring, pocket coil and foam mattresses) support firm, medium and plush comfort levels – as comfort levels are generally achieved through comfort layers added to the top of the mattress core.
Inner-spring mattresses generally are more responsive and have firm support.
Body weight is supported through ‘push-back’ by the spring coil system.
Pocket coil mattresses are also sprung based, but consist of many smaller single coils that are individually sealed in fabric pockets and then attached in rows to create the mattress core.
Due to the many rows of smaller coils, the support is gentle with more moulding to body shape and minimised motion transfer.
Foam mattresses are usually constructed from a polyurethane foam slab or layers and body weight is supported through weight absorption by the mattress core.
Higher density foam cores are firmer and more expensive and therefore foam mattresses are usually more prevalent in the mid- to higher price points.
Warm or Cool Sleeper
Some people are just warmer sleepers than others and some even suffer night sweats. If you are a warm sleeper, then attributes that support a cooler sleep should be taken into account.
The combination of your mattress, mattress protector, sheets, and air circulation are all involved in how cool or warm your sleep experience is, but your mattress plays an important role.
Most reputable bedding brands take temperature regulation into account and these features include:
Mattress construction: Spring and pocket-coil mattresses are generally supportive of cooler sleeping due to air flow that is naturally supported by the innerspring core.
Many foam mattresses will have airflow holes in the foam core to promote breathability.
Many mattresses will have copper-infused foam or latex layers that support cooler sleep.
Certain contoured and profiled foam comfort layers also support additional breathability and airflow to promote temperature control.
Some mattress coverings also have copper technology part of the fabric to support a cooler sleep.
Therefore, when making your final choice – compare the various cooling attributes of the different options at your disposal.
Reasons for Price Differences
From the outside many mattresses look similar, but the pricing differs substantially.
At Sleepmasters, we select our range to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep at all price points. However, like with most in things in life, additional features will cost more and some of these features that influence price are:
Very expensive raw materials such as latex, memory foam or infused fabrics and foams (eg: copper infused for body heat control).
Comfort layers that are contoured or profiled require additional processes and crafting and are more costly.
Mattress coverings vary greatly and prices are influenced by yarn type (natural wool or cotton vs synthetic) as well as special features such as bamboo, silver-, or copper infusion. There are also various special treatments such as anti-dust mite or -mosquito treatments - to name a few.
Woven fabrics are usually more expensive than knits, whilst jacquards will be more expensive than plain knits. Double knits are more expensive than single knits.
A jacquard fabric is a highly textured knitted fabric with raised patterns, such as florals and damask, that are woven (rather than printed) into the fabric.
Certain spring systems are patented and have special features such as soft-touch edges (gentler support) or off-set qualities (to counter partner disturbance).
Luxuries such as extra-durable tape-edging, mattress air-vents and sewn-on handles (to assist easier rotation of the mattress) add to additional cost.
No-turn mattresses are also known as no-flip mattresses.
Most modern mattresses are designed so they do not need to be flipped over. Apart from making your life easier, the two main reasons for evolving to no-turn mattresses are:
Mattresses are heavy (especially bigger sizes) and many people simply can not flip a mattress without assistance. Therefore, many flippable mattresses never got flipped anyway.
Additional luxurious and durable comfort layers can be added to a single-sided mattress without affecting affordability and lifespan.
You do not have to flip a no-turn mattress – but you still need to rotate your mattress 180 degrees (head-to-toe) as per the manufacturer's warranty. Regular rotation promotes longer mattress life and even wear and tear.
When to Replace
You spend a 1/3 of your life in bed – so it is an item that is well used.
Mattresses do not last forever – so how do you know when it is time to replace yours?
Every mattress will have a different lifespan depending on usage and the quality of the mattress.
On average the lifespan of a mattress is 6 – 10 years. Sleeping on a worn-out mattress will affect the quality of your sleep, and therefore overall health and wellbeing.
If you do not sleep well, or you suffer from back, hip, neck or shoulder pain in the mornings, then it’s probably time for a new mattress.
9 signs that it’s probably time for an upgrade is: