The most important factor when it comes to choosing a mattress is to find one that is comfortable. Many people believe that a hard mattress is good for the body; in fact this is a myth. What is important is a good supporting structure. The amount of padding is down to personal preference. There are six types of mattress to choose from.
Continuous-coil mattresses are one of the cheapest options. The mattresses are made from a single looped wire. One of the disadvantages of this type of mattress is that as they are one unit an individual is more likely to be disturbed by their partner as he or she moves around during the night. These mattresses also wear out more quickly than other types of mattress.
Open-coil mattresses are made of single springs joined together by wire. This type is widely available and many people feel that they are conducive to a good night’s sleep.
Pocket-sprung mattresses have springs which are sewn into individual pockets. These provide better support and are also good for individuals who tend to sleep on their side. Sleeping to the side puts a different pressure on the spine. These are the most popular type of mattress.
Memory foam/memory mattresses have a top layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material. These mattresses are more expensive than the other types, but are good for people who have painful joints. There are disadvantages to this type of mattress. As the material is sensitive to heat it will be cold and hard at first and then as it warms it will become moulded to the body making it harder to get out of bed.
Pure foam mattresses are good for anyone who is allergic to house dust mites and mattress-toppers can be expensive plus won’t provide more support if the old mattress is already sagging.