A mattress is one of the single most important investments you will make. Where else do you spend seven to 10 hours of each day?
Making the right choice can be daunting. At the core of your search is the support construction of your mattress. Without the right support your body can’t relax, leaving you feeling tired, weary, and possibly in pain when you wake.
The insides of a mattress determine the comfort and care you will get each night. From coils to memory foam to latex – each material is different, and will give every mattress a different feel and comfort. Several factors, including your sleep habits and medical issues, should be considered when choosing the right kind of internal mattress support you need to relax.
A coil mattress is still the most popular kind on the market. Made of coils ranging in gauge from 12 to 16 (the higher the gauge, the thinner the coil), the coils are set into one of four different patterns – Bonnell (open), offset, continuous coils, and pocket coils.
The Bonnell coil is the original bed spring – designed in an hourglass shape to help with body support while you sleep, the gauge of the wire will determine the firmness of the mattress.
Offset coils are designed the same as the Bonnell, but have a square head to allow the mattress to contour to your body better. They can be softer on top, with deeper, firmer support coming from the coil base.
Continuous coils are springs made from one constant wire, which is then attached with helical springs to create a firm support.
Pocket coils are designed with partner sleeping in mind. Each coil is wrapped in fabric to help eliminate noise and to allow each coil to respond without disturbing the coils throughout the rest of the mattress. This allows sleeping partners to get in and out of bed without disturbing the person next to them.
No matter how your innerspring is manufactured, the coil count will have little to do with choosing the mattress that works best for you. Instead, look for other support materials used on the mattress, the quality and gauge of the coils, and, most importantly, try the mattress!
Memory, or specialty, foam is made with open cell foam so it can conform to the body as you sleep. Mattresses with memory foam are recommended for pressure point relief, blood circulation, joint pain relief and overall support. They also reduce motion transfer, allowing you and your partner to sleep in peace without disturbing each other.
Memory foam is available in different densities, often measured in pounds per cubic foot. The heavier the density, the better contouring and support you will receive from your memory foam mattress.
Latex is a natural material that quickly conforms to the body as you sleep, pushing your body up and giving you pressure relieving support. It has excellent breathability, circulation and reduces the amount of tossing and turning you do at night, allowing you to have a more restful sleep.
High-quality latex mattresses are also anti-microbial, dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic, making latex a perfect mattress choice for those with respiratory problems. They also have a long lifespan, lasting up to 20 years before a replacement is needed.