A question of support
The majority of mattresses currently on the market can be broadly categorised into four different types, namely polyurethane foam, innerspring, memory foam and latex. Aside from budgetary constraints, it is important to understand what kind of support you require, as this will largely dictate what kind of mattress is best for your needs.
From a holistic perspective, getting enough sleep is an integral part to maintaining your overall mental and physical health, and the type of bed you sleep on will play a large role in determining the quality of sleep that you enjoy. Linda Breedt from Sleepmasters, says:”Mattresses and base sets are some of the most overlooked consumer goods on the market, and it is a tragedy, as selecting the right one can have a tremendously positive impact on your overall well-being. A good bed can help change your life by improving your quality of sleep, which in turn, will improve your physical looks, mood, posture, memory, concentration levels and immunity, as well as helping to relieve various aches and pains.”
Light as a feather: If you are investing in a mattress for small children, then a polyurethane foam mattress will suffice. Since children are really light, the support that these mattresses offer is ideal. They are also less costly than all the others, which makes them an ideal solution for those with budgetary constraints. There are different densities when it comes to polyurethane foam mattresses, so remember that the denser the mattress, the better quality and the longer lasting it will be.
A little bit of bounce: If you prefer a little bit of bounce, then an innerspring mattress is the kind you should go for. You can select just how bouncy you would like it to be normally, innerspring mattresses range from a 12-gauge (the thickest and firmest), through to an 18-gauge (the thinnest and bounciest). If you are a heavy individual, you will want the thicker gauge for added support, and the thinner gauges are better suited to thinner users. For added durability, choose coils that are interconnected,
The Sealy Posturepedic Designer series mattress and base set is about to change the way you look at beds forever. Whether you want to lie down flat, head up, feet up, TV watching, zero-gravity or dual massage, the adjustments are almost endless. Which means you can now enjoy endless comfort. Features for the Adjustable Designer Series include:
Gel Memory Foam mattress conforms with every adjustment
Celliant Mattress fabric improves oxygen levels to aid in comfort and wellness
Preset TV and Zero-gravity positions (customizable)
Powerlift motor with 270kg lifting capacity
Full range of positions (head and foot)
Square-tapered wood furniture-style legs
Backlit wireless remote
Dual, variable-intensity massage with wave
Programmable custom position
One touch ‘flat’button however, if you don’t want your partner to be disturbed if you get up or toss and turn during the night, then a mattress with pocketed springs is the way to go. As a general rule, innerspring mattresses either have a fibre-filled or foam outer layer, which is covered in quilted upholstery. Innerspring mattresses are great for those who sleep on their stomachs, or if you tend to sleep “hot”.
Extra firm support: If you need the maximum support, then your best choice would be to choose a memory foam mattress, which have a polyurethane core. They have much less spring when compared to innerspring mattresses, it won’t sink beyond the top layer, and your partner’s movements won’t be transferred to your side of the bed at all. Memory foam offers maximum body support, as the foam moulds itself to the shape of your body. The quality of the mattress depends on how thick and how dense the memory foam layer is. Generally speaking, thickness varies between 5cm and 15cm, and a density of 2kg per 0,03 cubic metres is considered very high quality. Memory foam mattresses are great for those who suffer from back pain, sleep on their sides and back.
Added buoyancy: In terms of firmness, latex mattresses boast a similar firmness to memory foam mattresses, except they offer users a little more spring. Other benefits of natural latex is that is has antimicrobial qualities, and that it is mould- and dust mite-resistant. The one major drawback of latex mattresses is that they are comparatively really expensive, but they claim to have a minimum lifespan of 20 years or more. There are two main types of latex, namely Dunlop latex, which is dense and heavy, and Talalay latex, which offers a softer feel. Latex mattresses are ideal for those who suffer from allergies and if your partner tosses and turns all night.