Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Simple way to choose your mattress

Choosing the correct mattress is an extremely difficult task, especially when you are bombarded by terminology, eg, reflex foam, pocket springs, bonnel springs, visco foam, etc. Trying to choose the one best for your needs is especially hard when you don't understand what these words mean.
I am going to try to help you make sense of these terms and also explain to you a simple way to test whether a mattress is offering you the support you need for a peaceful nights sleep.

Choosing the correct mattress firmness rating

The only proper way to test a mattress is to lie on it - preferably on both your back and side. To test how well the mattress supports the spine when lying on your back, place your hand in the small of your back.

hover over the images to see the spinal alignment:

If when you lay on your back on the mattress with your hand under the small of your back there it is not enough room for your hand, it's squished and tight to remove, this mattress is too soft for you. Also check your spinal alignment, maybe best you ask someone else who can see you better. (Best take a friend or partner with you!)

If when you lay on your back on the mattress and you put your hand under the small of your back and there's lots of room to move your hand around, this mattress is too firm for you.

If when you do the test on a mattress and it is a snug fit but easy to remove your hand then this mattress is offering you the correct support, you are getting the best benefit from the springs, but don't forget to check from your side also to make sure it is keeping your spine nice and straight.


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  2. Thanks for sharing this nice simple tips with us. An ideal mattress can really help you with various sleeping problems and provide a good night's sleep. It is really difficult to choose a flawless mattress for a perfect sleeping time. These mattresses are the long time investments in the bank of comfort and wellbeing. Take time and put your best efforts to ensure that the mattress you are going to buy is appropriate or not because selecting a mattress is your personal decision and choice.

  3. Interesting article! Many sites offer expert mattress reviews, which look at most products from a manufacturing point of view.