Many people struggle to fall asleep not because of their habits or lifestyle, but because their mattress doesn’t offer a good combination of support and comfort for healthy sleep.
Mattresses come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and choosing the right one for your bed and your body type will help you fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper, more refreshing sleep.
The material used in your mattress also has an effect on your comfort and ease of falling asleep. Mattresses come in three varieties – innerspring, memory foam and latex – with ease having distinct advantages and disadvantages for sleep quality.
Innerspring mattresses are the most popular variety, and typically offer a mix of comfort and support. They’re generally the best choice for athletic or overweight people, because they offer more support and are easier to get in and out of.
The most important factor to look for when buying an innerspring mattress is the coil count. A good queen-sized innerspring mattress should have a coil count of at least 375, a king-sized mattress at least 450, and a double at least 300 coils.
Many modern mattresses are made using a material called memory foam. Originally designed by NASA for use in aircraft cushions, memory foam moulds to your body to provide a more comfortable, supportive sleeping experience.
Memory foam has a unique feel and incredible softness. It’s extremely comfortable and highly supportive. It also absorbs motion, allowing one person to sleep deeply even as their partner moves around in bed.
The downside of memory foam is its heat retention. As well as absorbing movement, memory foam tends to absorb and retain heat. Some memory foam mattress owners find it uncomfortably warm and difficult to sleep on during summer.
Finally, a wide range of mattresses are made using natural latex. Latex offers similar levels of comfort to memory foam, albeit with greater support and more ‘pushback’, making it a great choice for people that prefer a firmer, more supportive mattress.
Latex mattresses typically don’t retail heat to the same extent as memory foam, and are regarded as good choices for people with back or muscular pain because of their extra support.