There’s a lot that goes into getting dreamy, rejuvenating sleep. One of the most important things is your mattress. After all, it’s the one item you’ll actually be sleeping on! Finding the right one for you might be hard but it can be the difference between an amazing sleep and no sleep at all. So what do you need to ask yourself when you’re buying a mattress?
There’s a lot, but we’re here to help you find those answers and a mattress that is juuusssttt right!
There are 5 questions you need to ask yourself when buying a new mattress:
- What is my preferred sleeping position?
- What’s my body type?
- What type of mattress do I want?
- What mattress size do I need?
- How much am I willing to spend?
What is my sleeping position?
Your sleeping position refers to the posture your body takes when you sleep. There are typically 3 basic positions: side, back and stomach. Of course, there’s more positions but these are considered variables of the 3 main positions.
So why do you need to ask yourself this question? Your sleeping position will help you decide on the firmness of your mattress.
Mattresses that are soft or plush in build are best for side sleepers as they shift and shape to the contours of your body. Since sleeping on your side can place pressure on your shoulder and hips, you need a mattress that provides pressure relief and is soft enough to conform to your body.
For back sleepers, your mattress needs to strike a balance between comfort and support. The mattress needs to be firm enough to support the neck, back and spine but not so soft that it sinks and throws your spine alignment out of whack. Medium-firm mattresses are perfect for most back sleepers.
Stomach sleepers need firm mattresses to properly support your body. Plush or soft mattresses may cause your body to sink which can place pressure on your neck and spine, causing stiff necks and back aches.
What is my body type?
Taking your body type into consideration is important when selecting a new mattress. Both height and weight are important factors.
Are you too tall for your current bed? Your height will help determine just how big of a mattress you need. Things to make sure of are that your entire body fits within the bed (no feet hanging off the end) and that you don’t run the risk of rolling off the side.
Just like sleeping position, weight is a crucial factor in deciding how firm your mattress should be. Having the wrong firmness can cause you to sink into your bed or leave you lying rigidly with both causing discomfort. Here’s our ‘rule of thumb’ guide when it comes to weight and firmness:
- Soft mattress for people under 65kg
- Medium mattress for people between 65 – 100kg
- Firm mattress for people over 100kg
What mattress type do I want?
There are a wide range of mattress types, with new types being developed every day (such as mattress in a box). However, the three most common types of mattresses you’ll find are spring, foam and hybrids. Which type is best for you is all up to personal preference.
Spring mattresses can be broken down into even more specific types such as an innerspring mattress, but they all share the fact that they have springs built into them. Spring mattresses are usually cheaper, lighter and provide a classic and familiar ‘bouncy’ feel. However, they’re less durable and are subject to rusting.
Foam mattresses can be divided into memory foam and latex foam. A memory foam mattress moulds to the shape of your body and is great for taking pressure off joints. It however can feel a little too dense and too warm for some people. Latex mattresses are durable, breathable and great for those with allergies, but can also feel too solid for some.
Hybrid mattresses combine the two which brings together the pros from both spring and foam mattresses. They are durable, supportive without feeling too uncomfortable and more breathable. However, they are also pricier and heavier.
What mattress size do I need?
The size of your mattress can be largely determined by three things:
- Body height
- Room size
- Number of people sleeping on it
We previously touched on height but the size of your room is important to consider. For example, your bedroom might not be able to fit a queen size bed.
You’ll also need to think about how many people will be using the mattress. If it’s just you and your partner, a queen size bed should suffice. If you have a young child sharing the bed, you may want to think about getting a king size or larger.
How much am I willing to spend?
Finding the answer to this question is entirely dependent on you and might be the hardest one to ask. The old adage is to invest well in anything that separates you and the ground – that includes shoes, cars and your mattress. With that being said, your spending capability will be unique to your own needs, preferences and life situation. Be sure to analyse your own financial situation and make a decision based on it!
There’s no need to lose sleep over buying a new mattress
Buying the right mattress can be a nightmare but hopefully our guide has made your decision making process a little simpler! The important thing is that you test out your mattress – everyone is different, yourself included!
At Metia, we offer a 120 night trial on all of our mattresses. That means if you don’t fall in love with your bed within 4 months, we’ll refund you and pick it up free of charge. Head on over to our store now and find a high-quality mattress that fits your budget and sleeping preferences now!