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Considerations When Choosing A New Mattress

Choosing a new mattress can be difficult with all the different options available. No one mattress is ideal for everyone. Understanding the differences between the various types of mattresses and their pros and cons can make the decision easier. 

Importance of Support

You'll want to test out different mattresses for at least 15 minutes each to see whether they support you in the right way given the way you sleep. The mattress should help you maintain the proper alignment and not activate your pressure points so much that you wake up sore in the morning. A mattress that is too soft won't offer enough support, while one that is too firm will make it so your body isn't properly aligned. A medium-firm mattress is often a good choice, but this can mean different things to different manufacturers.

Mattress Material

Mattresses are now made from many different materials. You can go to a Tempur-Pedic mattress outlet and get one made from memory foam, or you can get a mattress made out of latex, a traditional inner spring mattress or an adjustable mattress filled with air. Memory foam mattresses tend to conform well to your body's shape and limit the transfer of motion and noise, but they can be hot and have an odor when they're new. Traditional innerspring mattresses have a variety of different firmness choices and can be very supportive but transfer motion. Latex mattresses are more environmentally friendly, but have similar drawbacks to those made from memory foam. Air mattresses allow for two people to have different firmness settings, but the air pumps can make them a little noisy and they can be expensive.

Sleep Style

How you tend to sleep can affect which mattress may be most comfortable for you. Those who sleep on their side, for example, may do best with memory foam and want to avoid very firm innerspring mattresses and latex mattresses, while a person that sleeps on their stomach may want the opposite, as a memory foam mattress may feel like it is smothering them and an air or innerspring will offer better support.

Other Considerations

People who have allergies may want to choose mattresses made out of foam or latex, as these tend to be less likely to harbor allergens. People who tend to feel too hot when they sleep, however, may be better off with an innerspring mattress than a softer mattress. If you and your partner can't agree on mattress firmness or if your partner tosses and turns a lot, one of the air-filled mattresses that has two separate sides can be best, as these allow each person to adjust the mattress to suit them and they don't transfer motion.