How to choose your perfect mattress
Getting a good night's sleep is essential for your overall well-being, and investing in a high-quality mattress can help you achieve that. Your bed should provide you with sufficient support, comfort, and a cool sleeping surface to ensure a restful night's sleep and help you wake up feeling refreshed and energised.
At Taskers, we understand that everyone has different requirements when it comes to comfort and support while sleeping. As humans, we all spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, it's essential to be comfortable while doing so! That's why we offer a diverse range of mattresses to help you find the perfect fit. Whether you prefer a soft and plush surface or a firm and supportive one, or if you like the bounciness of pocket springs or the embracing feel of memory foam, our collection has something for everyone.
If you're in the market for a new mattress but are feeling lost in the sea of different types, levels of firmness, and jargon, don't worry. We've put together a comprehensive guide to help you confidently choose the perfect mattress to suit your needs.
What you need to consider when choosing a new mattress
A good place to start when it comes time to buy a new mattress is to familiarise yourself with the different types of mattresses that are available and their unique properties that help people sleep. It’s also crucial to find the optimal firmness level based on your preferred sleeping position. Factors like motion isolation and temperature regulation are also necessary to consider so you can find your perfect fit.
So, with that in mind, let's take a look at what matters when selecting the right mattress, with a focus on the key factors that directly impact your comfort and quality of sleep.
Types of mattresses
Pocket Spring Mattresses
As the name suggests, a pocket-sprung mattress features individual springs encased in fabric pockets. The design provides targeted support to different areas of the body, reducing pressure points and minimising disturbances when one person moves on the mattress because the springs move individually, which is ideal for isolating movement. These mattresses contour to the shape of the sleeper's body and often come in various firmness levels, promoting better air circulation and helping regulate temperature for a comfortable night's sleep.
Memory & Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are made of a special foam that responds to body heat and pressure. This allows the mattress to conform to the shape of your body, providing customised support and comfort, relieving pressure on your spine, and evenly distributing body weight to correct your sleeping posture. Memory foam is also great for isolating motion, making it another excellent choice for couples. These mattresses come in various firmness options and are hypoallergenic and naturally resistant to allergens. Memory foam mattresses offer tailored comfort and pressure relief for a good night's sleep.
A gel mattress is a type of mattress that incorporates gel-infused memory foam or gel layers in its construction. The purpose of a gel mattress is to provide better cooling properties compared to traditional memory foam mattresses. The infusion of gel helps to dissipate body heat and stops the mattress from retaining excess warmth, promoting a cooler sleep environment. It's this cooling feature that makes gel mattresses a popular choice for people who tend to sleep hot or experience discomfort from excessive warmth during the night. What's more, gel mattresses offer the supportive and contouring benefits of memory foam, providing a comfortable and personalised sleeping experience.
How to choose the ideal firmness for your perfect night’s sleep
When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, the firmness of your mattress plays a crucial role. It can affect everything from how well your spine is aligned to whether or not you wake up with aches and pains. But don't worry - figuring out the right level of firmness for your body type and preferred sleeping position doesn't have to be complicated. This guide is here to help you choose the perfect mattress firmness for your unique needs, so that you can wake up each day feeling refreshed.
Before buying a mattress, it is important to know that they are usually categorised as soft, medium, medium-firm, or firm. While most people tend to choose mattresses that fall within the medium to medium-firm range, it's not necessarily the best option for everyone. It's essential to understand your sleep needs and preferences to choose the right mattress for you. So here's what’s best suited to you based on your sleeping position and body weight.
Side sleepers: Side sleeping is the most common sleeping position, and it’s also recommended as the best position to avoid back pain. If you are a side sleeper, it is best to look for a mattress with a soft to medium firmness. Any mattress that is too firm can put excessive pressure on your hips and shoulders, resulting in an uncomfortable sleeping experience and potential aches and pains.
Stomach sleepers: If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, then a firmer mattress would be better suited to your needs. Ideally, you'd be better off staying relatively flat while sleeping for alignment purposes, and to maintain comfort, you don't want your pressure points sinking too deep into the mattress.
Back sleepers: If you’re a back sleeper, ideally you should opt for a mattress with medium firmness. This level of firmness can help maintain proper spinal alignment, which is essential for a comfortable and restful sleep. A medium-firm mattress can also prevent pressure points from forming by evenly distributing your body weight.
Combination sleepers: If you move around a lot in your sleep and switch up your positions, a medium-firm mattress is the best option for you. It strikes a balance between softness and support, allowing you to move around comfortably while still maintaining proper spinal alignment.
Regardless of your body weight, you can find a mattress that caters to your specific needs and provides you with the ultimate level of comfort. With a wide variety of options available here at Taskers, you'll be able to choose a mattress that can help you get a good night's sleep.
Heavier body weights: A firmer mattress is recommended for people with higher body weights as it helps maintain proper spinal alignment while sleeping, resulting in greater comfort and preventing unnecessary back pain.
Lighter body weights: If you have a lighter body weight, it is better to choose a softer mattress. This is because you won't exert a lot of pressure on the mattress when you lie down. If you opt for a mattress that's too firm, it won't relieve any pressure on your joints while you sleep.
How do you know if it’s time for a new mattress?
With proper care, a well-made mattress can last for 8-10 years - just like any good piece of furniture! At Taskers, all of our mattresses are of the highest quality. We offer some of the finest mattresses from world-renowned brands like Harrison Spinks Beds, Sleepeezee, and TEMPUR.
So, when it's time to replace your mattress, you can rest assured our handy guide will help you pick out the perfect mattress for your needs. And if you’d like to speak to an expert, don't hesitate to contact our friendly team today. We'll be more than happy to guide you through the process so that you can enjoy a great night's sleep every night!