Sleep is incredibly important, and having the right mattress can make a big difference. There are a number of different types of mattresses on the market, so it’s wise to look carefully for what may suit you best.
When Is It Time for a New Mattress?
It can be tempting to take your mattress for granted and assume it will last forever. It won’t. By ten to 15 years – and in many cases sooner – your mattress needs to be replaced. Sticking with a mattress that’s past its prime can result in all sorts of unpleasant experiences like waking up every morning exhausted and full of aches and pains.
Here’s a guide to some mattresses on the market that are worth your time to check out.
Latex mattresses are becoming increasingly popular because they’re ultra-comfortable and they keep you cool when you sleep. Latex is springy and has a coolant effect on the body, so you don’t have to worry about tossing and turning into a giant sinkhole in the center of your bed or sweat-soaked nights.
Latex mattresses tend to be on the bouncier side than memory foam but they still allow you to get a nice groove and a restful, deeply comfy night’s sleep. They are highly recommended and also often have very reasonable pricing.¹
Natural Fiber Mattress
Natural fiber mattresses include some latex options as well as wool and eco-friendly materials like horsetail, organic cotton, coconut coir, hemp and bamboo. Choosing a certified natural fiber mattress not only helps out the environment and lowers your carbon footprint it also ensures that you are getting a top-notch product which will last even longer than many other options.
Prices on natural fiber mattresses can get a bit higher, but the overall durability, comfort and support for eco-friendly practices more than pays off in the end.²
Memory Foam Mattress
Memory foam mattresses are currently at the top of the sleeping pyramid and are highly popular. Basically they have layers of foam that are designed to conform and shape to your body when you sleep and offer you a highly comfortable – and customized – sleeping experience that will leave you waking up well rested and refreshed.
Even while you shift in the night or if you’re a restless sleeper, memory form will form to your body and give you the best sleep possible. The only downside on memory foam mattresses is that they don’t cool you as much as latex mattresses and can get rather sweaty. It’s also possible that some of the lower-end memory foam mattresses may smell a bit funny, but by researching carefully this can be avoided.³
Pillow Top Mattress
Pillow top mattresses have a variety of materials they can be made from including latex, memory foam, hybrid materials, coils and so on. The main feature of these mattresses is that they have a comfy, pillow-like layer on top that make them more cushioned and restful for the sleeper.
Since there is a pillow-like layer on the top of these mattresses, they cannot be flipped over to extend their longevity. They tend to last for around 8-10 years on average. However, they can be very comfortable and help distribute your weight to improve quality of sleep.⁴
Innerspring coil mattresses are the old school ones that use steel coils to create a firm – and sometimes squeaky – sleeping experience. There are some very good ones on the market that are updated to modern production standards and are quite affordable as well as comfortable and supportive for your nightly sleep.
Nonetheless, be advised that going for the cheapest innerspring mattress out there isn’t a great idea and you generally get what you pay for, so paying a little bit more for a better innerspring mattress will be worth it in the long run.²