For most of us, a mattress is not something we think about very often. The best-case scenario is that we take time exploring options on our visit to the home care centre. And choose the one that feels the best during the few moments that we spend there. However, much like everything else mattresses too have evolved- partly to meet needs and partly to maximize comfort. Today buyers have ample choices when it comes to mattresses. However, only a few of us are aware of the choices available to us.
This article is by no means an attempt to persuade you to consume more. Rather it is an attempt to keep you informed from making a wrong choice. How wrong could one be? After all, it’s only a mattress? Think again. We all have different habits, different bodies, different needs, and unfortunately different illnesses. A simple act of choosing which mattress to buy could have lasting consequences on your existing conditions. Moreover, a mattress is not something we buy regularly and that makes it much harder to replace. Hence it’s important to make an informed decision on this seemingly simple yet complex matter(ess)!
Some of the popular options available today are:
Perhaps the first image that comes to mind when we think of a mattress is that of the innerspring alternative. This is one of the oldest and most popular options available today. The distinguishing characteristic is the presence of coils that gives a “bouncy” feeling. As a rule of thumb support and comfort are directly proportional to the number of springs. There are many variants including one that pockets the effect of each spring to ensure that you are not disturbed by your partner’s movements. These mattresses are extremely affordable even though their durability is questionable as the spring wears out comparatively faster.
Another common choice is the foam mattress with memory foams coming into the spotlight lately. Memory foam is a great choice for relieving pressure. However, foam mattresses have many varieties other than memory foam. The same mattress may contain more than 1 type of foam. According to the comfort and heat dissipation requirements, the foam density, material, and shape can be altered. The Gel is another excellent alternative to increase heat dissipation. Latex is another great option that can provide more heat dissipation and bounce. But only if you are willing to compromise on pressure relief.
Hybrid Mattress is an umbrella term that encompasses all types of mattresses that incorporate the distinguishing elements of more than 1 type of mattress. The most common applications of hybrid mattresses are a combination of innerspring and foam mattresses. They allow us to retain the comfort of latex or memory foam while also borrowing the bounce and support provided by an innerspring mattress. A hybrid mattress is only limited by imagination. As it allows for personalization tailored to suit the customer’s needs and preferences.
This mattress is an environment-friendly option for the green souls among us. Generally made of natural fibre, this organic option can put your mind at ease if you find your sleep disturbed by concerns about your carbon footprint. The comfort level of these mattresses rely heavily on the natural material used inside. Cotton, wool, latex hemp, and bamboo are all readily available options that reduce strain on the environment.
Water beds are one of the earliest mattress types contrary to popular belief. Neil Arnott invented them at the start of the 19th century to treat patients with pressure sores. This mattress allows us to customize the water chamber to fit our needs. The options range from free-flow (no obstructions to the flow of water in the water chamber) to waveless where waters motion is limited. Even though water beds fit into your traditional setting as the size and shape do not differ from regular mattresses, they tend to be heavier. It is also worthy of mention that some users have reported severe back pain post-usage. Hence, it’s quintessential to choose a water bed that fits your needs.
They are mattresses with an extra layer of padding on top. This layer is generally made using anything ranging from foam to organic cotton. Even though it is on the pricier end, this alternative helps to a great extent in regulating heat and providing that extra inch of comfort that you have always wanted.
An air bed isn’t just the inflatable air bed we have used for camping, like every other mattress airbeds too have come a long way. Some of them are even able to maintain different levels of air on different sides of the mattress to incorporate varying preferences. Air mattresses are made with padding or another layer that covers the air chamber within. The padding lets an air mattress maintain the look and feel of a traditional mattress. One of the biggest advantages of an airbed is that you need not worry about sagging over time. The adjustable air chamber allows room for more comfort than you can imagine in such a setting. Most users feel that the comparatively long time required for installing an air mattress is worth the value derived from it.
The choice is yours…
We have skimmed the surface of a seemingly endless topic that constantly innovates to bring in new products tailored to meet the demands of today. However, we have covered the most popular types of mattresses in use, their unique features, and the pros and cons of each choice. It is up to you to decide and evaluate which alternative fits your needs the best within your budget. Your bed is your companion for 1 fourth or maybe even 1 third of your life, so just remember to keep your options open as there is no such thing as a perfect bed. A one size fits all approach absolutely does not work for your sleep companion. We hope this article helps you to make a more informed decision and lead a happier and healthier life.
– Haanie Bilal