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These days everyone seems to have some opinion on what the best mattress is. Whether it be your Great Aunt Mary who swears by the idea that the firmer the better or perhaps a colleague who’s obsessed with their new memory foam mattress – how do you know which kind would be best suited to you?

Choosing a new mattress is a very important decision that can be pretty involved, just like buying a car or looking at a new home – it really is that important a decision. After-all, you’ll spend every night sleeping on it, so it’s vital that you choose one that suits your needs.

The main thing to remember when you’re looking at beds is that you can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep. If you purchase the first bargain mattress you see, you’ll more than pay the price if your sleep gets interrupted by a saggy mattress night after night. The problem is though, that different people will need a different type of mattress to ensure a good night’s sleep. If you don’t research mattresses properly you might just find yourself struggling to get a good night’s sleep at night, which can be very bad for your health.

For instance, if you have particularly bad back troubles or joint pain then you will most likely need a firmer or orthopedic mattress, but a mattress like this wouldn’t be your first choice for a child or perhaps someone who sleeps on their side.

Keep in mind that a mattress that says it’s good for your back doesn’t actually mean it will be – it will really depend on your age, weight and condition. Instead look for a bed that you find personally comfortable and supportive.

If you have a partner, the bigger the bed the better it will be for you both. This is because a bigger bed will disturb your sleep less if your partner is moving around. If you both have different firmness needs a hybrid bed could be a good option. These mattresses mix firmness with highly supportive memory foam technology making for a comfortable sleep for both. The Relyon Pocket Memory Classic mattress, a Which? Best Buy is a great example of this. It has a medium firm pocket spring unit with a comfortable and supportive layer of memory foam.

Height should also be taken into consideration. For the elderly a high bed and mattress is a poor choice as this will cause difficulty both getting in and out of bed. This should also be kept in mind with mattresses that need turned often as this can take a lot of strength, something which older people might not manage alone. In this case look for a mattress which needs turned less. The Hypnos Orthocare mattresses will tick these boxes. They require no turning, come in a firm or extra firm tension and have generous layers of natural fillings to give great support to your body.

It is important to test drive any mattress before you buy – this is a massive investment you’re making. However, it’s not like you can simply take a mattress home with you and test it for a few nights. What you can do though, is make a list of all that you’d like from your mattress, any issues you have sleeping at the moment and any budget that you have in mind. You can give this information to one of our team who will be more than happy to match your needs to a suitable mattress. 

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