Given the dizzying range of prices, sizes, compositions, and firmness of mattresses--not to mention the sheer number of mattress outlets and stores--knowing where to start when seeking a new mattress can be daunting.
Try starting from square one: You should make sure the mattress you pick is comfortable enough for you to sleep soundly. But you must also make certain it protects you from health risks inherent in other types of mattresses. This is where composition comes in. A brief tutorial about mattresses can help you find the one that allows you to rest easy in regard to comfort and composition.
Is it comfortable?
A comfortable mattress is one which, when you wake up, makes you feel rested. It contours to your body shape while retaining its form. Memory foam and latex mattresses provide this feature. The latex mattress can be firm or plush, depending on the brand. The innerspring mattress does not boast the contouring ability, but its firmness can ease pain in the neck, shoulders, back and legs.
Although memory foam is comfortable because it molds itself to your body and supports your weight, it’s also heat activated and some sleepers feel overly warm on it, causing discomfort and disturbance to their sleep.
How long does it last?
The lifespan of a mattress is a valid concern for many buyers. A survey of users found that the organic latex mattress lasted the longest, with an average lifespan of 12 years. Other surveys found that this type of latex mattress lasts for as long as 20 years before replacement is necessary. Memory foam, waterbeds and blended latex competed for second place, with a 10-year average.
Incidentally, while a natural latex mattress owns the highest customer satisfaction rating, it is not the most expensive. Its downside is its availability; it is usually not sold in your ordinary furniture store.
Is it made of non-allergenic material?
Allergy is a significant health concern for both adults and kids. The allergies caused by mattresses come from dust mites and their feces. Innersprings and mattresses with coils maintain the highest capacity for retaining dust mites in their cavities. Pillow-top mattresses and quilted tops are also mite attractors.
A memory foam mattress is somewhat resistant to burrowing dust mites because of its density, but the medium- and high-density foams are more likely to present off-gassing, which can trigger allergies.
A latex mattress is the most resistant to dust mites when compared to all types of mattresses. The organic latex mattress also contains little to none of the toxic chemicals used in other mattress manufacturing. Therefore, it is the least allergenic of the mattresses.
In the end, a restful sleep on a mattress that doesn’t unduly expose you to allergy-causing dust mites is worth the price you pay for choosing an organic latex bed. You’ll be glad you did.
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