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Is it time to change your mattress? A new mattress will help you sleep well, relieve aches and pain, reduce tension, and increase your capacity to concentrate.
Most experts recommend getting a new mattress every 7 to 10 years. How long a mattress lasts depends on the environment, sleeping habits, and the mattress's type and quality. If your bedroom has a high dust mite count, your mattress may need changing sooner than the suggested ten years. If a bed gets lots of use, this could also be the case.
Signs that it is time to buy a new mattress:
- Your mattress is coming up to 10 years old.
- You don't sleep well, or you wake up frequently.
- You wake up with aches and pains.
- Your mattress is sagging or shows other signs of wear.
- You can feel the springs.
- Your mattress makes a noise when you move.
- You tend to roll toward the centre of the bed or roll off the edge.
- Your sleeping position has changed due to an injury.
When it comes to choosing a new mattress, be aware a higher price tag does not necessarily mean higher quality. To select a suitable mattress, you need to look at whether it supports your back and has sufficient ventilation.
UK Mattress Sizes
In the UK, there are seven standard bed and mattress sizes. Before choosing a mattress size, you will need to measure your sleeping area's length and width. Once you have the measurements, you'll have a good idea of the size options available. A larger mattress might seem the best choice, but you need to remember a big bed will reduce the space in the room available for other furniture. On the other hand, a small bed can be lost in a large bedroom.
Mattress Sizes and Measurements
Small Single (W x L) 2ft 6" x 6ft 3", or 75cm x 190cm
Single (W x L) 3ft x 6ft 3", or 90cm x 190cm
Large Single (W x L) 3ft 6" x 6ft 3", or 105cm x 190cm
Small Double (W x L) 4" x 6ft 3", or 120cm x 190cm
Double (W x L) 4ft 6" x 6ft 3", or 135cm x 190cm
King (W x L) 6ft x 6ft 6", or 150cm x 200cm
Super King (W x L) 6ft x 6ft 6", or 180cm x 200cm
Small Single/Single: If you're buying a mattress for a single person, a small single or single will generally be large enough. Small single beds are standard in student accommodation and ideal if you buy for a child or small room.
Small Double/Double: If you sleep alone but need extra space to sleep well, a double or small double mattress is perfect. This size allows you to stretch without hanging off the side of the bed. Double-size beds are the most sold size in the UK and are wide enough to sleep two average-size sleepers.
Kingsize: Kingsize mattresses easily fit two people. This mattress size is extremely popular among couples.
Super King: A super king mattress is a luxury, with enough space to fit a young family. With a mattress of this size, you can be sure your feet won't hang over the side of the bed.
The depth of a mattress is usually 15-30cm but varies between manufacturers; some models are as deep as 38cm. If you buy a very deep mattress, you'll need to check sheet sizes, as most fitted sheets are made to fit a standard depth mattress.
Which Mattress Should I Buy?
The list below provides a brief look at different mattress types.
Pocket Sprung & Open Coil
Pocket sprung, and open coil mattresses are made with steel coils. A coil mattress is characterised by the gauge and count. The coil gauge specifies the coil thickness; coils with high gauges are thin coils, while low coil gauges resemble thick coils—the lower the gauge, the more firm the mattress. Coil count represents how many coils are in the mattress. The higher the number, the more supportive the mattress. Pocket sprung mattresses usually have between 400 and 4000 coils, with 800 - 1200 being the average.
The difference between pocket sprung and open coil mattresses
Open coil mattresses are made with an interlocking coil system which offers a classic bounciness. It is easy to change position on an open coil mattress, but if sleeping with a partner, they might feel the movement.
Pocket coil mattresses are made with individual pockets that reduce movement transfer.
Mattresses with exceptionally high coil counts are not always significantly better than a model with an average coil count. As long as a coil mattress has a count of at least 800, you should sleep well.
Foam mattresses adjust to the body and allow a sleeper to move around without disturbing a partner. The layers of foam evenly support the entire body and spread the weight over the surface, reducing aches and pains. Memory foam is excellent for side sleepers because it shapes to the hips and shoulders. Memory foam is mould, dust, and allergen-resistant.
Comparable to memory foam, latex mattresses adjust to the body's curves. Latex is made of a natural substance that comes from rubber trees. Latex mattresses are lighter and more bouncy than memory foam but do not adapt as well to the body. Latex is a breathable material and hypoallergenic.
Orthopaedic mattresses support the joints, back, and body overall. Many people with back pain find an orthopedic mattress eases their symptoms.
The ideal orthopedic mattress is softer at the bed's head and foot and firmer in the middle. This construction helps support the spine's natural curve. Without adequate spine alignment, stress is placed on the muscles and tendons, leading to damage.
What Is The Difference In Mattress Firmness?
Firmness is a fundamental characteristic of a mattress. Depending on your weight and desired comfort level, you can choose from very soft to very firm. For the best sleep, you want a mattress that molds to your body's curves and provides sufficient support to maintain the spine's natural alignment. We recommend choosing a firmness based on your personal preference, but the following advi can be helpful.
Side Sleepers: If you typically sleep on your side, soft to medium firmness is often preferred. This level allows the body to sink into the bed and aligns the shoulders and hips.
Back Sleepers: Back sleepers usually find a medium-firm level is most suitable for optimal comfort. The mattress will mould to the lower back's arch while providing enough support to keep your body aligned and stop your legs from sinking.
Stomach Sleepers: A mattress with a firm or extra-firm comfort level is suitable for stomach sleepers, as it stops the body from sinking while sleeping.
One effective way to test if a mattress's firmness is to check if your spine is straight when you lie on your side and that you can roll over with ease. If a bed is too soft, your body will sink, and your spine will be out of line. If a mattress is too hard, it simply won't feel comfortable
Extra Soft: Good for side sleepers weighing under 130 pounds
Soft: Good for side sleepers weighing over 130 pounds
Medium Soft: Good for all sleepers under 130 pounds; or side sleepers under 230 pounds
Medium: Good for back and side sleepers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds
Medium-Firm: Good for sleepers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds; side sleepers weighing over 230 pounds
Firm: Good for side sleepers weighing over 230 pounds; and back and stomach sleepers weighing over 130 pounds
Extra Firm: Good for back and stomach sleepers weighing over 230 pounds
While the above guide lists which type of sleeper most likely will sleep well on a given firmness level, comfort is subjective. Some people just prefer a firm or a soft mattress.
Can a Mattress Cause Back Pain?
There are multiple possible causes of back pain, but you should not overlook an unsupportive mattress as a likely cause. If you don't have back problems, adequate support may stop pain from occurring, and if you already have back issues, the correct mattress can help with cushioning and ease the pain.
Sleeping on a low-quality mattress can contribute to or cause back pain, especially in the lower back. Lack of support from your bed augments poor sleeping posture, strains muscles, and does not keep the spine well-aligned, all of which can cause back pain.
You also sacrifice comfort if a mattress does not match your personal preferences. A mattress that gives both comfort and back support helps decrease back pain, allowing the spine's structures to rest and rejuvenate overnight.
Which Mattress Is Best For Back Pain?
If you suffer from back pain, choosing the best mattress means considering the type of pain. Some back pain is short-lived and comes on after lifting something heavy or another kind of mishap. This is known as acute back pain. Other times, the pain is present over a long period, known as chronic back pain. Backache can start out as acute after an injury, and eventually become chronic.
A person with acute back pain might only need to use extra pillows, or change their sleeping position for a while before the pain has gone. You might need to take further measures for chronic back pain, such as switching to a firmer or softer mattress.
The optimal mattress will also depend on where a sleeper experiences back pain, in the lower back, or middle and upper back.
Low Back Pain
Lower back pain is experienced in the lumbar area. It is the most prevalent type of back pain, as this part of the back is used to bend and twist that can injure the muscles or spine.
Spending too long in the wrong sleeping position can produce lower back pain. If the shoulders and hips aren't adequately supported for side sleepers, the spine will be misaligned. Back and stomach sleepers may get back pain sleeping on a too soft or too firm mattress, which puts pressure on the spine's curvature.
Generally, side sleepers should look for medium-soft to medium-firm mattresses that cushion pressure points. Stomach and back sleepers should look for a medium-firm to firm bed with light conforming.
Middle and Upper Back Pain
Middle and upper backache are less prevalent than lumbar pain because these parts of the back are more stable, lessening the possibility of strains from twisting. Pain here can be an indicator of a more serious problem and should be looked at by a medical professional.
Poor posture can create stress in the middle or upper back. A mattress that helps with spinal alignment can reduce this kind of pain. A quality pillow with the correct height can also offer neck and upper spine support.
Will a Mattress Soften Over Time?
If you recently bought a mattress that feels too firm, it could feel hard because it's new, and it will soften up over time. You can speed up the process with the tips given below. Alternatively, you might have bought a model that simply isn't right for you.
Mattresses that feel firm when brand new and take time to settle are often memory foam mattresses. Some companies compress their foam mattresses for delivery. If your mattress arrives compressed, you should find that it is already soft.
However, if your foam mattress arrives uncompressed, you'll likely need an adjustment phase. It might take 30 days or more. Like when you buy new shoes and have to break them in, it is the same holds for mattresses.
If you suspect you might have made the wrong purchase, you could try contacting the mattress seller and seeing if they accept returns. However, this is likely to be a lot of hassle for you and the company, so alternatively, you can make the mattress softer.
How to make a firm mattress softer
If you've recently acquired a mattress and it is too firm for your liking, check the bed base., Not all mattresses are suitable for all types of bases. For example, if you bought a memory foam mattress and used it with your old innerspring base, you'll probably need to ditch the box spring base.
- Your bed base itself will either be a solid platform or slatted. Platforms usually make a bed surface firmer, so if you're uncomfortable, you may want to consider changing the bed base.
- You can soften up a brand-new mattress by walking across it for a few minutes, several times a day.
- Using a mattress topper is one of the most efficient and low-cost ways to make a hard bed softer. Adding a comfortable extra layer to the mattress can improve pressure point support and contouring. Various toppers are available, made from latex, wool, cotton, feather, polyfoam, and memory foam. The most popular choice is memory foam. A lower-density foam will offer extra softness.
- If you're sleeping on a too-firm memory foam mattress, try warming the room up. A warm room will make memory foam softer, and a cool room will make it firmer.
Why a Mattress Sags In the Middle
If you have ever slept on a sagging mattress, you know that it is not much fun. A saggy mattress can stop you from getting a good night's sleep and may cause back pain.
Typically, a mattress sags in the middle, often in more than one spot. A few things usually cause this, such as couples who like to sleep on 'their' side of the bed. If a couple often sleeps 'spooning', there is frequently sagging right in the middle. If you have a heavy dog that sleeps on the bed, he could also cause a sinking spot in your mattress.
If you already feel sagging, it is likely not fixable, but if your mattress is old, but you cannot buy a new one right away, there are some steps you can take to prevent sagging.
Rotating and Flipping
Regularly rotating and flipping a mattress is important. Flip the mattress every four months, or, in the case of pillow-top mattresses, rotate it every three or four months.
King size and super king size mattresses need adequate support. If you do not have a sturdy base, your mattress will sink. With decent support, you can prevent the bed sinking. Make sure you have a strong base when you purchase your mattress.
While all mattresses will wear out eventually, most mattresses will last for many years with some care.
Are Mattress Toppers Worth It?
Mattress toppers are designed to enhance the level of comfort of a mattress. So, when you buy a mattress topper, you are essentially paying for a higher comfort level. A topper provides only moderate protection for the mattress, while mattress pads are excellent for that purpose. Therefore, if you already find your bed perfectly comfortable, buying a mattress topper is probably not worth it.
However, if you want to up your bed's comfort level, a mattress topper is definitely worth the relatively low cost.
There are a wide variety of mattress toppers on the market, and although your final choice will depend on your personal comfort preference, there are several points to keep in mind before you make a choice.
The first feature to consider the material for a mattress topper. These include:
Cotton, which has excellent breathability and can be machine-washed, a big advantage if used on a mattress slept on daily. Cotton is a great option for people with allergies, as it is usually well-tolerated.
Wool, which as a natural textile can absorb the body's heat, keeping your temperature stable throughout the night. Wool toppers are immune to mites and mould, but won't last as long as other types of toppers.
Latex, which is similar to wool, also repels dust and bed mites. Unlike wool, a latex topper will last for many years, or even decades. Latex toppers are more expensive than those made with other materials, but due to their durability, often a money saver over time.
Memory foam is a modern alternative to the above materials and extremely comfortable as it aligns itself to your body contour. However, memory foam tends to store heat, so if you are a person who frequently feels too warm in bed, you may want to select a type of memory foam topper that is designed to keep cool.
Memory foam mattress toppers are usually the more favoured material, as they are both readily available and provide an excellent comfort level.
Over time, a mattress can become less comfortable. You might not notice immediately because you get accustomed to the gradual decline. The bed may become irregular or compacted in some parts more than others.
This is when a mattress topper is an excellent investment, as it improves or even fully restores the comfort of your bed for a tiny fraction of the cost of a new mattress.
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