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How to Choose the Right Mattress

March 30, 2019 By Sandeep Prasad

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Choosing and finding the right new mattress has never been easier or more difficult in India. On the one hand, the number of options have just multiplied. New manufacturers are challenging established players, and every kind of mattress is easily available. On the other hand, this sudden increase in the varieties available can confuse consumers. How does one choose the right mattress in India today? One that is good for your back? Good for your child? Should you buy online or go to the store? The list of questions which need answering are endless.


However, some research will help you find the right information in this pursuit, and that’s what this blog is for. This handy guide will provide you the information you need to replace your mattress with something that works for you and matches your needs in 2019!

Replacing your Mattress: Things to Consider

Buying a mattress today isn’t simply a question of picking a size and picking a brand. Today, you have to make many decisions about the how, what, and where before you find the perfect mattress to buy. Here are some of the factors which you need to keep in mind while making a selection:

  1. Online mattress or offline mattress
  2. Different kinds of mattresses
    1. Memory foam mattresses
    2. Coir mattresses
    3. Spring mattresses
    4. Latex mattresses
  3. Different kinds of sleepers
    1. Sleeping on your stomach
    2. Sleeping on your side
    3. Sleeping on your back
  4. Your specific mattress needs
    1. Your comfort
    2. Your partner(s)
    3. Your back
    4. Allergies and allergens
  5. Things to look out for
    1. Certifications
    2. Warranties
    3. Trial periods

Where to buy a new mattress - online or offline?

It used to be that the only way to buy a new mattress was to head to the nearest area with furniture shops and then buy the same kind of mattress while choosing between three of four brands. Only spring or coir mattresses would be available. Even after purchase, it would require substantial effort to transport and unpack the mattress at one’s home. Overall, it was an unpleasant affair.

Today, the buying process has become better both online and offline. Showrooms and shops in major urban centers are better equipped and have greater stock. The varieties have expanded, as well. But the true revolution has been in the online purchasing space. There is a much wider variety of products available online, offering better choice and lower rates as well.


While most consumers might think that it is better for them to try a mattress before they buy, the truth is that lying down on a mattress for a few minutes at a shop will not tell you anything. It is only after sleeping in one for a night or even for a month or two that you truly understand whether a mattress works for you and your family or not. That’s why many of the online companies offer attractive trial periods and warranties, so people will have the convenience of ordering a mattress at home while still having the ability to try and get the right mattress, if they want.

Choosing the right kind of mattress for you

The increased variety - both online and offline - means that consumers have to make a number of other choices. We have already written guides to help you choose the right option between memory foam, coir, and spring here -

  • Memory foam vs spring
  • Coir vs memory foam
  • Memory foam vs coir vs spring

Matching mattresses and sleeping styles

Different people sleep in different ways, and this has a significant impact upon their sleep experience. The most comfortable sleep is achieved when your body has the right alignment lying down, and the filling of a mattress and how they sleep are the biggest factors in determining that.

Sleeping on your back

This is the most common sleeping position. Most mattresses are designed to be as comfortable as possible to someone sleeping on their back. Memory foam mattresses, due to their structure and the nature of the materials involved, adjust to your body’s shape and curve. This means that while they feel less firm than spring or coir mattresses, they provide the most ideal body alignment while lying down on your back. Coir mattresses and spring mattresses are more firm, which means that they initially fit unnaturally across the curve of your back and can cause discomfort in your back over time. They also usually start becoming lumpy and misshapen over time due to repeated use.

Sleeping on your side

Once again, memory foam mattresses provide the best spinal alignment while sleeping on the side. For coir and spring mattresses, the question becomes one of body types. Sleeping on your side can be especially problematic for those with back issues, as your hip gets pushed upwards by the firm mattress. This unnatural alignment can cause problems when you are lying down in this way.

Sleeping on your stomach

In this instance, the memory foam mattress’ yielding nature can feel a little suffocating and enveloping. However, unlike the others, it is still the best option for your back. If you really enjoy sleeping on your stomach but want the best memory foam mattresses, make sure you get a comfortable pillow so that your head stays well above the mattress surface.

Your specific mattress needs

Comfort

We have different notions of what kind of mattress is comfortable. There is a prevailing notion that the firmer the mattress - to the extent that lying down on one is a bit uncomfortable - is good for your back. This is not true. As we have written in this post about dealing with lower back pain, there is no correlation between a mattress being firm and being good for your back.


While there is no set rule, the best mattress to buy is one that you feel good lying down on. You should wake up feeling refreshed and not sore. Don’t let your preconceived notions get to you, and don’t settle for anything less than something that makes you feel truly comfortable and relaxed when you awaken. Try every mattress available for however long it takes till you find the right one - it will increase your sleep quality and be totally worth your while.

Sleeping partner(s)

If you’re getting a mattress which you have no intention of ever sharing with anyone else for at least a decade, you can safely ignore this section. However, many of us share a mattress - with a roommate, a partner, a sibling, or kids. Having another human on the mattress with you often changes how it reacts to you and has an impact upon your sleep. If your partner tosses and turns often on a spring mattress, expect to feel earthquake-like tremors at 3 AM.


Spring mattresses are the most affected, coir mattresses less so, while memory foam mattresses barely notice if there’s someone else on them. Of course, they can’t stop someone from snoring, so don’t expect too much. Still, if the intention is to share, a memory foam mattress is probably your best bet.

Your back

Dr. Kathy Gromer writes for WebMD’s Memory Foam: Pros and Cons that memory foam mattresses relieves soreness and pains from the body by applying even pressure and thus aiding blood circulation. This is true for that annoying lower back pain as well. Even the US’ National Sleep Foundation states that memory foam mattresses offer the best spinal alignment. If you have any lower back issues, our lower back pain guide and our Wink & Nod orthopedic mattress are right for you.

Allergies, allergens, dust, and bacteria

Mattresses become a part of the furniture, not moving from the bed for years on end. While the context and circumstances wary, they will eventually become a potential source of dust and allergens. If you have a sensitive system or are worried about children and family, it would be best to get a memory foam mattress. Spring and coir mattresses often attract dust and mites which cause allergies. Memory foam is completely hypoallergenic, and thus helps you and your family avoid potentially harmful allergies.

Things to look out for - the fine print

There are two precautions you have to be aware of when you’re buying a mattress. The first, as we already mentioned earlier, is that you shouldn’t jump to quick conclusions about what mattress feels good until you try it for a while. The second is to watch out for the fine print. Different mattress and mattress types come with different trial and warranty periods. They also come with different certifications. Make sure that you get a certified mattress to ensure that the materials used are safe for your home and family.

 

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