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     Getting a good night鈥檚 sleep is essential to staying happy and healthy. But buying a mattress without doing your research first can lead to sleepless nights and achy mornings, if you aren鈥檛 sleeping on a supportive base.
We spend one-third of our lives asleep and yet we don鈥檛 give the mattress the importance it deserves. Did you know that selecting the right mattress for you can be just as important as exercising or maintaining a balanced diet? Sleep plays a massive role in our mental, physical and emotional health. In fact, sleep has been clinically proven to; improve our memory, increase our metabolism, improve our mood, and kick start our immune system, all the while fighting harmful diseases. And mattresses can cost anything from a few hundred pounds to thousands, so you鈥檒l want to make sure your chosen mattress is worth the investment before you buy.
Here, we鈥檝e put together everything you need to know before you hit the street or browse the web.So, whether you鈥檙e a side sleeper or suffer from chronic back pain, read on to find out what option is best for you. If you are planning to buy a new mattress, take the time to read up on several important things you should know before buying one
So, what are some of the important things to take into account when buying a mattress?
1. Types of Mattress:
It鈥檚 always better to know what types of mattress there in the market are and which one will suit you best.
      Open spring mattress: Also known as open coil or continuous coil mattresses. These contain one long piece of metal wire coiled into numerous springs. There鈥檚 also an additional border rod or wire to maintain shape and provide structure. It鈥檚 a great value for money option, although sides are machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched, but they are lighter than other models, making them easy to turn. They tend to be less supportive than other mattresses too, so are most suited to guest bedrooms or as children鈥檚 beds, where they are used occasionally or will need to be replaced regularly anyway.

      Pocket spring mattress: This type of mattress is more luxurious, as it鈥檚 made from individual, small springs housed in their own pocket of fabric. This means each spring moves independently, providing more support than open spring mattresses. You can buy soft, medium or firm versions, depending on your preference, and they are more breathable than memory foam or latex mattresses (so ideal if you鈥檙e always getting too hot during the night). These are heavy to turn though, and can be filled with natural materials such as lambswool which may agitate allergies. This is a good option if you鈥檙e looking for a bed for two people, as the separate springs will cater for your different needs and weights, while they will also minimise the risk of you rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night.

      Memory foam mattress: These more modern mattresses are made from memory foam, which is a mouldable material that also responds to temperature and weight, and has hypo-allergenic properties. This means it will mould to the shape of your body, absorb your weight and relieve pressure on your joints. Not everyone likes the sinking motion of this type of mattress, and it can get rather warm, but it鈥檚 ideal for those who need support or suffer from a bad back, as it will maintain posture and align your spine horizontally when sleeping on your side.

      Latex mattress: As the name suggests, these mattresses are filled with latex foam, which is an especially breathable material, so you won鈥檛 overheat in the middle of the night. It鈥檚 also extremely durable and should last for many years. And it鈥檚 a good option for those with allergies or asthma. They can feel rather solid at first though, so they鈥檙e better suited to those who prefer a firmer bed. Usually heavy, latex mattresses can be difficult to turn and cheaper versions can develop lumps and dents over time.

      Hybrid: Drawing from a combination of materials that usually include memory foam, latex and pocket springs, hybrid mattresses are designed to give a more balanced sleeping experience. They often come with a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer, providing both comfort and support 鈥 alleviating aches and pains by responding to your body鈥檚 shape.

      Continuous and coil: A popular budget option, a continuous coil mattress is made from a single looped wire, while an open coil mattress is made from single springs fixed together with one wire. These are significantly cheaper than other mattress types, but be warned that with the attractive price tag comes the likelihood of these mattresses wearing out and sagging quickly. These mattresses also move around a lot with you as you sleep 鈥 as they are designed as one unit 鈥 so if you or your partner tosses and turns in the night, we鈥檇 suggest you consider other options.
2. Mattress Firmness:  
How firm your mattress is will affect how well you sleep. The type of firmness you need will depend on your sleeping position, height and weight. Here we explain what level of firmness is best for what type of sleeper.
      Soft: Side sleepers or those who change positions during the night are best suited to soft mattresses. This is because the way you sleep already relieves pressure from your spine so you want your mattress to mould to your body鈥檚 natural position.
      Medium soft: This is ideal for those who change their sleeping position during the night, as it will still mould to your body position but provide a little more support.
      Medium firm: This is best for people who sleep on their back as you require extra lower-back support, which this type of firmness offers.
      Firm: This type of mattress is ideal for those who sleep on their front, are over 15 stone or suffer from back pain. This is because it will keep your back in a relatively comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink into it as you sleep, which can cause lower-back pain.
3. Mattress Size:
The most important factor while choosing a mattress is of choosing the right size.  We should choose our Mattress size in alignment with our sleep patterns or sleep situation rather than just choosing on what we generally use. If you sleeping situations have changed and you are sharing your bed with your partner or with kids, you need to rethink about your choice of mattress. The  better night鈥檚 sleep is directly proportional to the larger size of mattress that is the larger the bed, better the sleep you will have. The length of the mattress is just as important as the width of it! Therefore, a mattress should be 10-15cm longer than its tallest sleeper Also, you need to take into account the size of the mattress in relation to your bedroom. You must allow room for any other furniture that features in your room and check whether it will be possible to open doors, wardrobes, and chest of drawers.
4. Mattress for Pregnant Women:
During your first trimester, you鈥檒l often feel sleepy and want to nap. It鈥檚 important you get the rest you need so sleep in whatever position feels most comfortable, including on your front or back.
In your second trimester, you鈥檒l feel the baby鈥檚 weight more, which can feel uncomfortable and put extra pressure on certain areas of your body. This is when a soft mattress will help, while your bigger bump means the recommended position to sleep in is on your left side, as sleeping on your back will cause your bump to press against a main blood vessel, which may cause you to feel faint.
During your third trimester, your lower back may be a source of pain as it supports your baby鈥檚 increasing weight. To ease this, continue to sleep on your left side and with a pillow under your head, between your knees and under and around your bump to ease discomfort and take pressure off your muscles and hips.

5. Mattress If You Suffer From Joint or Back Pain
A good mattress needs to give both support and comfort and that includes ones for those who suffer from back problems. Although a firm mattress is recommended by some retailers, you should always look for a mattress that keeps your back aligned while sleeping and relieves pressure points along your spine and joints. This has a lot to do with your weight (the heavier you are, the firmer your mattress should be), so it鈥檚 best to try a mattress before you buy 鈥 many online retailers now offer a trial period where you can return the mattress and get your money back if you don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 right for you. The pillow you use will also affect your sleeping position and back alignment so make sure you pick one that suits your needs.
6. Mattress care
Once your mattress is delivered, make sure you let it air for at least four hours. This will remove any storage smells of damp or cold. Ideally, the mattress should then be aired weekly by removing the bed linen. Remember to turn your mattress regularly too. This will stop dips forming and your weight altering part of the mattress, causing uneven sleeping.
Having a mattress protector will also help keep your mattress clean, prolonging its life. This is a sheet that goes on before your bed linen (and mattress topper) to protect your mattress from any stains or dirt.
You should aim to replace your mattresses every eight to 10 years though. This is not only for hygiene reasons but because it will soften over time, reducing the support it gives you. If you feel sore when you wake up or you find you sleep better in other beds, it鈥檚 time for a change.

7. If You Have Allergies
Foam and latex are both inherently antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and mold. If you opt for innerspring or air topped with Fiberfil, be sure to encase it in an allergen-resistant cover to keep irritants at bay.
8. How and When to Replace Your Mattress?
       A longer warranty may not promise a certain lifespan. if you read the fine print. If the mattress is stained because you didn't use a mattress protector, or if you don't use a matching foundation (like a box spring) beneath the mattress, it could invalidate the warranty.
       Mattresses last five to 10 years as a general rule. However, you should decide when it's time to replace your mattress based off of other warning signs. Are you waking up sore? Is your mattress feeling lumpy? Do you sleep better on other mattresses, like at a hotel? These are all signs that it鈥檚 time to go shopping. Don't forget to extend the life of your new pad by using a mattress protector, which can keep out keep out dust, allergens, spills, and other hazards.

9. What are the Dos and Don'ts of a New Mattress?
If you want to maximise your mattresses life span, follow these ours tips below!

      Rotate your mattress frequently. Once a month for the first year, once a quarter thereafter
      Use a waterproof/breathable mattress protector
      Air the mattress regularly. On receiving your new mattress, we recommend that you allow your mattress to be aired by standing it on its side for at least 4 hours to remove any aroma. Following this, your mattress should be aired once a week by removing all bed linen. Regular vacuuming is highly recommended.
      Use a strong bed base. Ensure your bed frame has a centre support and leg supports, should be correctly adjusted to only make contact with the floor when your mattress is resting on your bed frame. Also, ensure the slats are no more than 2-3 inches apart. This helps to keep the mattress even, allowing for a longer life span.

      Bend of fold the mattress. The springs may become permanently damaged
      Use detergent or chemical cleaners. Many of these products can damage both cloth and fabric. In the event of soiling, use a sponge with a mild solution of soap and water, allow to air in a warm environment
      Bounce or sit repeatedly in the same area. This can reduce the lifespan of the mattress and place strain on the spring unit.

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