We are all familiar with the feeling when your mattress has seen better days. You wake up in the morning with an achey back and a crick in your neck. You might have terribly sleepless nights and the mattress makes very worrying noises every time you turn over. If you have had your mattress for longer than 10 years then there is very good chance it is time to invest in a new one.
Buying a new mattress is not something to be taken lightly, in fact it is a considerable investment. But as we spend a third of our lives in bed it is an investment worth making. Trying out mattresses in your local store is the first step. Try them out several times and compare how hard or soft they are, turn over several times and make sure your partner is lying on the mattress at the same time.
If you have a divan it is essential that you replace the bottom section at the same time as the mattress. Divans are designed to work together to give the best support – so replacing the mattress alone won't be enough.
But how do you decide on the type of mattress which would suit you best?
Open Sprung – These have springs throughout the mattress evenly spaced and uniform. They are strong and offer good support.
Pocket Sprung – These are perfect for partners which are mismatched in size or weight. The springs are grouped and will not usually move significantly when your partner moves.
Memory Foam – This material moulds to your body shape and springs back when you move. They can be very expensive but are considered to be good for back problems.
Latex – This material is hypo-allergic and so is a good choice for those with asthma or allergies. They also have good heat control properties.
Synthetic – As this type of mattress is used, the body heat softens the foam. It provides excellent movement during sleep.
When considering which size mattress to have you need to take account of your bed frame size, but also your own height and that of your partner. The mattress should be 6 inches longer than the height of the tallest person and should leave enough room for both partners to lie back with hands on head with their elbows not touching.Once you have decided on the best mattress for you make sure you air it completely before using and buy a mattress protector and even a topper to provide extra warmth and comfort. Also turn your mattress regularly to keep it in good condition.