Choosing the right mattress for your bed might be overwhelming because there are so many options to choose from. Things might get even harder if you have any back or neck pains. You have to find something that will support the back of yours and your family, without causing any pains or bad sleep.
That is why you have to be careful and picky when searching for a new mattress, and don’t be afraid to invest a bit more money in it.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you have health issues concerning your back and neck, the best you can do is take the advice from a professional. Visit your doctor or a physical therapist and see what they recommend for certain conditions. However, you have to remember they are not the mattress experts, but being familiar with your symptoms, injuries or back issues, they will point out what could help. Also, they might advise you to test several different mattresses before purchase, but keep in mind that firm ones could only worsen your issues, even though you might like the firm mattresses.
Quality spinal support is crucial, especially when it comes to children. Their backs are still young and sleeping is important part of their growth. Growing spine of children is flexible and if it is undress stress during the night, various deformities could occur in the child’s growth. Their spine and neck should be in a neutral position, and the mattress should be soft enough to be comfortable, but still firm enough so the child wouldn’t sink into it. Therefore, the best choice for your toddlers is investing in a quality spring mattress.
Springs or Foam?
Pocket sprung mattresses are the most popular type. They have springs sewn into the each fabric pocket, but they don’t mould to the shape of your body like memory foam ones to. However, that doesn’t mean they offer less back support. Also, sprung mattresses don’t tend to get as warm as the foam ones, and that could be an issue since everyone opts for being warm at night. On the other hand, memory foam mattresses have a layer of temperature sensitive material which will keep you warm at night. Additionally, they change their shape to fit your body and offer good spinal support, which is the better option for adults rather than for toddlers.
Importance of Cleanness
The law requires every mattress to be treated for dust mites before being sold. However, over time, dust mites will develop on the mattress in use. On average, our bodies lose up to a liter of body fluid and millions of skin flakes while asleep. Therefore, the cleanness of the mattress is of an utmost importance in order to prevent various allergic reactions in children. Clean the sheets weekly, air out the mattress without the sheets for at least two hours, and take time to properly clean your home and dust it. All this will prevent the build-up of dust mites in the bed and you can avoid worsening asthma of your family members. Additionally, you can invest in special mattress protectors and upgrade the anti-allergenic and moisture-barrier properties of your mattresses.
When to Replace the Old Mattress?
Since our bodies change through time, it means that the old mattress we enjoyed might not be as comfortable now. Also, the older the mattress the easier it becomes for the grimes, dust mites and fungus to develop and stay there, which can lead to various health issues. So, as far as adults are concerned, mattresses should be replaced once they become uncomfortable or too old. As for the children, it should be replaced once they grow out of it; basically every three years between the ages of 0 and 10, and every 5 years from that on.
Finding a quality mattress for everyone is the second biggest investment after buying a house. They are important because everyone in your family needs a good night’s sleep and to be rested for new life challenges.
ABOUT THE EXPERT
Lana Hawkins is a student of architecture and the editor-in- chief on Smooth Decorator. She enjoys sharing tips and knowledge about home and garden related topics. Lana suggests visiting Bedworks mattresses online catalogue and choosing the best options for your and your family's better sleep.