Your mattress has the potential to make or break a good night’s sleep. If you’re tossing and turning more at night or if you’re waking up feeling stiff in the morning, it could be a sign that your current mattress is no longer the best for you. Your body appreciates a comfortable, supportive mattress and will let you know if what you’re sleeping on is not up to the task
Gone are the days when a mattress had to be stiff-as-a-board to be good for you. And it’s interesting to note that recent studies suggest that a medium-firm mattress is more likely to improve back pain than a firm mattress. Today’s top quality mattress and foundation sets combine luxurious new cushioning materials and extra-soft surface treatments to create a more plush, comfortable feel.
Correct support is the essential ingredient for a healthy body. The best mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in alignment. Pay special attention to your shoulders, hips and lower back. If there’s too little support, you can develop back pain. But if the mattress is too hard for you, you can experience uncomfortable pressure. Don’t rely on product labels to tell you which mattress will give you the right support. One manufacturer’s “firm” may feel harder than another’s “extra firm”. The only way to find out if the support is right is to lie down and give it a try.
It’s the quality of the materials used and how they’re put together that determine how long a foundation and mattress set will provide proper comfort and support. The best assurance of good performance over a good many years is to buy the highest quality sleep set you can afford. Don’t look to the warranty to tell you how long to keep your mattress and foundation. The warranty is there to protect you from product defects, not against the gradual loss of comfort and support. Keep in mind that while a mattress set may still be usable after many years, it’s probably not giving you the good night’s sleep you deserve.
If you haven't shopped for a new mattress in a while, you'll be surprised to find a wide variety of new choices. Just as computer, wireless and electronic technology gets more advanced each year, new developments are continuously being introduced that make the latest model mattresses and foundations a new experience in comfort.
Pillowtop mattresses are among the most popular designs in sleeping luxury, offering an extra layer of soft cushioning that looks much like a comforter attached to the mattress surface. A wide selection of luxury materials are now used in mattress construction, including everything from natural fibers like cotton and wool to 21st century technologies such as foams that mold to the body. Mattresses made of these "memory" (visco-elastic) foams are also among today's most popular designs.
Mattress makers are going to new heights, literally, when it comes to building top quality mattresses, adding in so many extra comfort layers that they can be 14, 15 or 16 inches thick, sometimes more. New technologies are also giving consumers a choice between mattresses that perform best with regular turning and single-sided designs that don't need to be turned.But there's no better way to experience the full array of new choices without a personal bed-shopping trip to see them first hand.
Innerspring. The most widely purchased type of bedding uses the support of tempered steel coils in a variety of configurations. Layers of upholstery provide insulation and cushioning between your body and the spring unit. The result of this basic approach, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, is a full range of comfort choices.