Your budget will play a big role in your choice of mattresses 💰
Some mattresses, like the Tempur mattresses, are known for their exceptional quality.
But they also come with a hefty price tag, and they certainly won't be suitable for everyone.
Quality choices at affordable prices
There are many mattresses at more affordable rates that are of very high quality.
Ultimately, you're looking for a mattress that offers you the best quality at the best price.
Always keep the lifespan of your mattress in mind.
Higher quality mattresses have better durability and are likely to last a long time 🗓
You're aiming to keep your mattress for about 5 to 10 years, so it's worth spending a little more to get a mattress that will last that long.
Should anything go wrong in that period, your warranty should cover you.
Some mattresses sleep warmer than others 🔥
This will significantly affect your comfort and quality of sleep.
Whether a mattress sleeps warmer or cooler will depend on a range of factors, including the materials used and their composition.
If you quickly feel cold at night
If you tend to feel cold at night, we would generally recommend choosing a memory foam mattress.
These tend to store more body heat than other mattress materials, creating a pleasant feeling of warmth.
But, you still want a mattress that isn't too clammy, so it's important to pay attention to the overall breathability of the mattress.
Many modern-day memory foam mattresses are combined with breathable covers to allow for better air circulation, which prevents that clammy feeling.
If you quickly feel hot at night
If you easily feel hot and prefer a cooler sleep, we recommend choosing mattresses made of more breathable materials, such as natural latex or pocket springs.
You can always add pillows or quilts to achieve the optimal temperature.
If you are a very heavy sweater, though, it's best to stick to spring mattresses as these allow for the greatest amount of airflow and tend to stay the coolest.
Preferred sleeping position
Your preferred sleeping position will significantly impact your choice of mattress.
Always keep in mind that your ideal mattress will support the natural curvature of your spine.
Many high-quality mattresses are also divided into contour zones, allowing your body to sink in more deeply where it's heavier and be more supported where it's lighter.
This will help your spine remain in its correct alignment 📏
The firmness of the mattress and your body weight greatly influence how your body sinks into the bed.
Most high quality-mattresses will be suitable for a wide range of sleeping positions, but the following advice will also guide you.
If you sleep on your side, you will need to be able to sink into the mattress much more deeply than someone who only sleeps on their back or stomach.
This additional sinkage will allow your spine to remain in healthy alignment.
Softer mattresses are the preferred choice for side sleepers.
Back and stomach sleepers
Instead of sinking in, the hips require a little more lift to aid healthy spinal alignment.
The optimal mattress for back and stomach sleepers is slightly firmer.
How do I know if I've chosen the right mattress?
One of the best things about buying your mattress online is that you can try the bed at home during the risk-free trial period.
These trial periods range from 30 to 100 days or even longer, depending on the manufacturer.
Nectar, for example, gives you a full 365 days to try the mattress!
This gives you enough time to find out if the mattress is right for you.
And if you're not completely satisfied, you can return the mattress and receive a full refund 💵
But how do you test the mattress?
The mattress that suits you will meet the following criteria:
- You feel comfortable and relaxed, regardless of which position you sleep in.
- You won't feel like you're sleeping in a bowl (the so-called "hammock effect", which is detrimental to your spine).
- You can easily slide your hand under the small of your back.
- You can't push your elbows into the mattress too deeply.
Don't give up on your new mattress too easily.
It takes a minimum of ten days to adapt to a new mattress, especially if the material is different from what you had before.
Some people may need up to three weeks to become accustomed to their new mattress and form a good opinion.
So take your time.
After all, your new mattress will be your source of comfort for a long time to come.
While the right mattress for you is essentially a matter of personal preference, we can help you find the best one.
Always consider the following:
- Degree of firmness
- Ideal temperature
- Mattress materials
- Sleeping position
- If you're sleeping alone or with a partner
While these factors will act as guidelines, the only way to see if a mattress is right for you is by trying it out.
That's why we always recommend making use of the risk-free trial periods that come standard with most bed-in-a-box mattresses.