Being that each of us has a unique body type there is no one perfect mattress that works for everyone. Although there are mattresses constructed with higher quality materials and better fabrics that Sit ‘n Sleep recommends over lesser-quality items, when it comes to levels of support and feel, it’s really all about what’s best for the individual.
Soft vs. Firm
Are you looking for a firm mattress that offers maximum support or a soft mattress that has more of a cradling effect? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. Lying on a mattress in the store for a few minutes on a showroom floor just isn’t enough time to determine whether it’s the type of support you’ll need for the next eight years. As a rule of thumb, larger individuals tend to choose a firmer mattress because they better support a larger build. Smaller individuals should try softer mattresses because they don’t have as much weight to displace. Also, if you find you have chronic back pain, a firmer mattress may help relieve pressure from the hips and lower back.
Which support system is right for you?
By far the most popular choice, the innerspring mattress has a spring zone in the bottom and atop it a comfort layer that can be made from various foams and fibers. The type of materials used in the comfort layer determines the firmness of the mattress. For the innerspring system, coils can either be individually wrapped which reduces the amount of motion transferred between coils or open coils which transfer more motion and tend to wear more quickly. Many brands make hybrid mattresses which combine memory foam and innerspring technologies.
Memory foam mattresses are made from Visco elastic and can provide both comfort and support without the aid of coils. Memory foam has the added benefits of being able to conform to a sleeper’s body and respond to their body temperature by softening under warmth. Memory foam is also great at reducing motion transfer between sleep partners so when one person tosses the other doesn’t turn.
Latex mattresses have been growing in popularity over the last few years as they have declined in price. Its unique construction allows latex to instantly respond to the body and provide a high level of comfort while helping to promote proper spinal alignment. These qualities allow latex foam to act as a support system in lieu of a traditional innerspring. Latex mattresses are great for allergy sufferers because they are hypo-allergenic and do not accumulate dust mites. Latex mattresses are also known for staying cool and for having excellent breathability.
Waterbeds became wildly popular in the ’70s and ’80s and although they look like a conventional mattress, they have an inner bladder of water, or water filled tubes for support. Waterbeds became popular because they offered conforming support at a time that traditional mattresses were much firmer. Although waterbeds were once the preferred sleep system for people with joint and back problems, modern technologies such as memory foam and latex have, for the most part, made waterbeds a thing of the past.