You’ll need to take special consideration when selecting a good mattress for seniors. The primary objective is to improve the quality of sleep by limiting night-time awakenings. To do this, you need to focus on comfort, firmness, size, and mattress materials. The overall aim is to find a mattress that relieves aches and pains and can provide sufficient support and comfort for a good night’s sleep.
Of course, we highly recommend choosing a high-quality mattress as these offer the best support for the longest possible time. You wouldn’t want to have to change your mattress frequently, so investing in a quality mattress that lasts 10 - 15 years is definitely worth it.
Comfort is a matter of preference and largely affected by mattress materials. Some will opt for a memory foam mattress, which hugs the body, but others won’t enjoy this support and prefer the sensation of a spring or a latex mattress. Latex and memory foam are particularly good in terms of adapting to the body but pocket-sprung mattresses are more advisable for people of a larger stature as they are more resistant.
The best brands on the market make sure that their products are comfortable, breathable, and hypoallergenic, ensuring that they regulate body temperature and provide for a neutral and comfortable sleeping environment. You’re more likely to wake up at night if you’re feeling too hot or too cold, so finding a temperature neutral mattress is vitally important for seniors.
The desired level of firmness will largely depend on the build of the sleeper. If you’re slender or light-weight, a softer mattress may be adequate but if you’re of a larger build, then you might require a firmer mattress. Overall though, you’d need a mattress that’s soft enough to be comfortable but one that’s stable and supportive enough to keep the spine in a healthy alignment and relieve pressure points, thereby eliminating unnecessary aches and pains.
A larger mattress will provide more space to sleep and thus be more comfortable but mattress size really is a matter of preference. You can sleep just as well on a high-quality 90 x 190 cm single mattress as you can on a 200 x 200 cm emperor bed. That said, see our note on couples and bed choices below.
Many seniors may also want to invest in an electric box spring or medical bed, which can be adjusted for lying down and sitting up for sleeping, naps, reading, or watching television.