Choosing what mattress is best for a good night’s rest

17 February 2021

We spend on average 8 hours a night sleeping, so it’s important that we have the right mattress to support us at night. We have come up with some recommendations on how to choose the best mattress that is suited to you.

Women with blue top on asleep in bed on her side

Types of mattress

Open spring mattress

An open spring mattress is made up of many open coil springs that support the body. If you're looking for an affordable and quality night rest, an open spring mattress is definitely for you.

Pocket spring mattress

A pocket spring mattress is similar to an open spring although the springs are in their own individual pocket. Meaning they will support your body far better as the springs work independently.

Memory foam

A memory foam mattress changes shape according your body, giving you that effect of sinking into your bed. This mattress is perfect for those cold winter nights as the layer of memory foam retains heat keeping you warm all night. If you suffer from joint pain or arthritis, then this mattress may also help relieve some of this pain for a better night's sleep.

Latex mattress

A latex mattress is a mix of latex and springs that give you that cushioned feel throughout the body, leading to the most comfortable sleep imagined. Similar style to a memory foam mattress, however the latex layer doesn’t retain heat. If you're after a mattress that will last you a long time a latex mattress will not let you down.  

Mattress Sizes

The standard UK sizes for mattresses:

Small single: 75cm x 190cm

Single: 90cm x 190cm

Small double: 120cm x 190cm

Double: 35cm x 190cm

King size: 150cm x 200cm

Super king-size: 190cm x 200cm

Emperor: 200cm x 202cm

Large emperor: 215cm x 217cm

Mattress Firmness

Whether you sleep on your side, back, or front, there is an ideal mattress firmness for you.

Side sleepers

Soft or medium  firmness is ideal for side sleepers as this will let your shoulders and hips sink into the mattress giving you a comfortable night's rest.

Back sleepers

A medium-firm mattress is recommended if you sleep on your back as you will need to keep your spine aligned and this firmness will give you the best support but also give you comfort.

Front sleepers

Sleeping on your front means you need a mattress firmness that will keep your spine straight and not sink into the mattress so for that reason, a medium-firm mattress will be best suited to you.

Mattress Care

It is advised that you turn your mattress once every 6 months, so the mattress doesn’t sink. The handles on the side of the mattress are there to aid you in doing this process. We also suggest that you use a mattress protector to protect your mattress away from stains and keep it in a good condition.

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