How Do I Choose a Mattress Type?
One of the easiest ways to simplify the mattress-buying process and narrow down your search is through learning the basic definitions of each mattress type.
Memory Foam MattressA memory foam mattress is made completely with a soft, pliable foam material designed to provide durable support with a little give. Originally crafted to give astronauts safe and comfortable padding during missions to space, memory foam is renowned for its ability to contour without breaking down.
How Do I Choose a Mattress Comfort Level?
Which Is the Best Type of Mattress for Stomach Sleepers?
When you sleep on your stomach, your spine lacks an aligning surface on which to rest, making it easier to cave in under pressure. For stomach sleepers, anything other than high support can lead to tense muscles and improper posture, so go for maximum levels of density; a firm or medium innerspring will provide the strength to keep your spine in alignment, giving your muscles a chance to decompress – and you the chance to get the sleep you need!
You might like: Revive Blue Springs Firm, Revive Gel Springs Firm
Which Is the Best Type of Mattress for Back Sleepers?
If you sleep on your back, you want a mattress that balances support and comfort. While high firmness is imperative to keeping your spine in proper alignment, not enough give can encourage an unnatural sleeping posture and cause muscles to tense up. Your best bet is to look for a mattress that falls somewhere in between; consider a firm memory foam or medium hybrid for equal parts support and comfort.
You might like: Beautyrest Brayton Medium Hybrid, Beautyrest Katarina Innerspring Firm Pillow Top
Which Is the Best Type of Mattress for Side Sleepers?
Compared to sleeping on the back and stomach, sleeping on the side places more pressure on the hips and shoulders; because these joints ‘stick out’ more than others, a firmness level that is too high can make it feel like you are ‘digging into’ your mattress. If you sleep on your side, go softer. Consider a plush memory foam or plush hybrid mattress for a gentle give that contours to your joints without caving in.
You might like: Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme Breeze 2.0, iComfort Blue Max 1000 Plush
How Do I Choose a Mattress Size?
(For an in-depth step-by-step guide on choosing mattress sizes, see the Mattress Size Guide.)
— Mattress Size Chart —
|Twin Mattress||39"W x 75"L||Recommended Height of Sleeper: <5’0”
Recommended Room Size: 6.5’ x 9.5’
|Twin XL Mattress||39"W x 80"L||Recommended Height of Sleeper: 5’0”-5’4”
Recommended Room Size: 6.5’ x 10’
|Full Mattress||54"W x 75"L||Recommended Height of Sleeper: 5’4”-5’8”
Recommended Room Size: 8’ x 10’
|Queen Mattress||60"W x 80"L||Recommended Height of Sleeper: 5’8”- 6’0”
Recommended Room Size: 9’ x 10.5’
|Eastern King Mattress||76"W x 80"L||Recommended Height of Sleeper: 6’0”-6’2”
Recommended Room Size: 10’ x 11’
|California King Mattress||72"W x 84"L||Recommended Height of Sleeper: > 6’2”
Recommended Room Size: 11’ x 12’
What Is Motion Separation?
While mattress type, comfort level and size all play a pivotal role in the amount and quality of sleep you get, there is another feature that isn’t discussed quite as often but can have just as big of an impact on the way you sleep: motion separation.
Motion separation is a mattress’s ability to prevent ‘motion transfer,’ an industry word for when the entire bed shakes every time one person moves. On a bed without motion separation, one person’s tossing or turning is likely to wake the other up. This can lead to a vicious, no-sleep cycle and ultimately impact your health.
Fortunately, there’s motion separation. In innerspring beds, motion separation is a system of individually-wrapped coils designed to move only when pressure is placed directly on top of them. In memory foam beds, motion separation is inherently built into the foam cell technology, which conforms only in areas of direct pressure (similar to the technology of individually-wrapped coils).
Because it is designed to prevent one person’s movements from waking another’s, motion separation is meant to improve the sleep quality specifically for those who share a bed with a partner.
In-Store Mattress Shopping Tips
How Do I Test out a Mattress in the Store?
- Wear comfortable clothing. Make sure your clothes are loose-fitting and comfortable. Stick to thin fabrics – don’t wear thick jackets or sweaters – to ensure you get an accurate idea of the mattress’s feel.
- Test each comfort level. To narrow down your search, try every type and comfort level (including innerspring, memory foam, hybrid, plush, medium and firm) at least once – even if it’s just for a brief second or two.
- Take your time on your favorites. Once you get a sense of which comfort level and type you prefer, take your time testing them out. Lie on each model as you would normally sleep, and don’t be afraid to take a mini nap if you need to!