How to Choose a Mattress for the Best Sleep Quality
Inadequate sleep isn’t anything new. According to a Deloitte study commissioned by the Sleep Health Foundation, approximately 39.8% of Australian adults suffer from insufficient sleep.
While 5.8% of the findings are due to sleep disorder-related excessive daytime sleepiness and 13.3% are due to excessive daytime sleepiness not related to sleeping disorders, 20.7% of adults get subjective insufficient sleep. This could be due to health issues, work patterns, andsocial and lifestyle factors.
This so-called subjective insufficient sleep could also be related to mattress choices.
Some mattresses can be too firm to keep you comfortable. Others can be too soft to support your spine properly while you sleep. Either way, choosing a mattress that doesn’t match your sleep patterns and behaviours will almost always result in restless sleep.
As a trusted provider of premium mattresses in Australia, Metia shares insights on how to pick the right mattress for better sleep quality.
What are the features and factors you should take note of?
“What mattress should I buy?,” you ask yourself when your old mattress is getting too lumpy to ignore. It’s normal to look at the price tag first. But it isn’t the only factor you should consider. Neither is it the most important factor to consider when choosing a beds.
Consider these mattress features and lifestyle factors before you buy your next mattress:
Australian mattress sizes typically include single, king single, double, queen and king. But it’s not a simple matter of choosing the actual size. You have to consider whether they will fit in your room.
If you opt for a single mattress despite having the largest bedroom in the house, it’s not a problem. But think twice about getting a king if your bedroom has limited space.
On a related note, think about the corridors, stairwells and doorways that lead to your bedroom. The mattress should fit through them as well.
There are two main types of mattresses: spring and foam.
Spring mattresses provide strong spinal support and pressure relief. They also have the capability of absorbing your body weight and maintaining optimal body temperature while you sleep.
On the other hand, foam mattresses provide better contouring to your body. They are also generally more durable than spring mattresses because they don’t have coils that sag over time.
If you’re not sure about which one to get, consider trying out both types before buying.
Although many people believe that the most comfortable mattress is the softest one, this isn’t always the case. Comfort is subjective. And we can’t deny that the firmness of a mattress contributes to spinal support which, in turn, affects chances of back and body pain.
So while some might consider plushness as their deciding factor, firmness actually plays a major role in choosing a mattress. Here’s an overview of how firm your ideal mattress should be:
- Soft: It follows the body’s natural curve so it’s ideal for people who sleep sideways.
- Medium: It firmly supports the spine, making it good for back and stomach sleepers.
- Firm: This type is suitable for people on the heavier side, regardless of sleep position.
Weight and Body Type
Your body shape and weight inevitably contribute to the best mattress for you.
People with a lighter profile may opt for a softer mattress regardless of their sleeping position because they won’t sink as far into the mattress. Meanwhile, people who are between 60 and 100 kilos would do better to choose a mattress based on their sleeping position.
People over 100 kilos should consider firmer mattress options to prevent spinal misalignment.
Height is just as important as weight. People who are 183cm and taller should consider mattress dimensions regardless of whether they sleep alone or with someone else. The right dimensions ensure that taller individuals can comfortably stretch without their limbs hanging off the edge.
In what position do you tuck yourself when you sleep? What position do you find yourself in when you wake up? The answer can help you determine which part of your body needs greater support. In turn, your sleeping position could help determine which mattress is best for you:
- Back Sleepers: You put more pressure on your lower back so a medium to firm mattress might be most suitable for you. It helps avoid back pain and poor sleeping posture.
- Stomach Sleepers: You put more pressure on your lumbar spine than any other body part. A firm mattress might help in maintaining posture and preventing suffocation.
- Side Sleepers: When you sleep on your side, you hit pressure points in your shoulders and hips. A soft or medium mattress helps keep your spine aligned while you sleep.
Types of Back Pain
Back pain is a common occurrence for most Australian adults. It could be acute back pain which could be a result of how you fell asleep or any strenuous activities you recently participated in. It could also be chronic back pain which persists over a long period of time.
Either way, back pain is definitely a factor to consider when checking your mattress options.
If you’re prone to lower back pain when you wake up, it could be the result of bad sleeping posture. Consider your sleeping position and the mattress firmness level to address this concern.
Middle and upper back pain, on the other hand, are less common. In this case, consider getting a pressure-relieving mattress along with a high-quality pillow to help you get adequate sleep.
How does your mattress choice affect sleep quality?
Sleep quality suffers when you take too long to fall asleep or when you keep waking up in the middle of the night. This could be the result of an old, worn-out mattress or even of a new mattress that doesn’t suit your body type and sleeping position.
Always review mattress features and lifestyle factors before making a decision.
Get into the Goldilocks Zone with Metia.
Metia’s premium mattresses find the right balance between plushness and firmness. These products come at reasonable prices, too, so you can indulge in better sleep quality without breaking the bank.Buy a mattress from our Australian store and we’ll deliver it straight to your doorstep.