What do you know about your mattress?
Your mattress is your best friend, there to comfort you in the evening, help you rest throughout the night and greet you as wake up, refreshed and ready to take on another day. But let’s face it, your BMF (Best Mattress Friend) was probably chosen based on looks (quilt fabric on the top), luxury and price. Mom’s old saying, “It’s what’s inside that counts” may not have been top of mind when you bought it.
But mattress shopping is changing and what’s inside your mattress is just as important these days.
While you’re searching for a new mattress, you’ll hear lots of strange terms, lie on what feels like identical beds and begin to worry getting a good night’s sleep is just a pipe dream.
Mattresses today are built with high-tech components and designed to provide the superior support and comfort your body needs to relax and rest. Relieving pressure points, controlling temperature fluctuations and minimizing partner disturbance are just a few of things your mattress should be working hard at while you sleep.
Mattress shopping & you
In a 2015 research study sponsored by Restonic and published in Furniture Today, consumers say mattress construction is key. “The best part about shopping is the variety of types, sizes and comfort levels,” said a 39 year-year-old shopper. Of the 750 consumers surveyed, 78% were very concerned with comfort, 65% with firmness/support and 53% with the construction of their mattress. The research also showed 8 out of 10 consumers enjoyed lying on the mattress before purchasing.
3 most popular types of mattress & their ingredients
Gel Memory foam mattress
This type of mattress is energy absorbent and responsive to heat, making it feel like sleeping in a soothing, comfortable cocoon. When you lie on it, the mattress conforms to your shape and allows your muscles to relax, which helps you achieve a deeper, more restorative sleep.
Regardless of your preference for a firm or plush sleep, a latex mattress addresses many sleep and health concerns. While spring mattresses tend to push back and memory foam mattresses create an impression, latex supports all the contours of your unique body. Instead of forcing your spine into a straight line, the buoyancy of latex allows your muscles, joints and spine to relax naturally.
The term hybrid refers to the process of combining different components that will result in a similar but more improved product. Think of a hybrid car, powered by a combustion and electric engine. The improved result is less gas and energy efficient – not to mention good for your wallet.
Hybrid mattresses begin with a base coil system (pocketed or inner spring coil) with varying combinations of memory foam, latex and/or gel on top to create more resilient comfort layers. These diverse layers work together to provide significantly improved pressure point relief during sleep, which reduces tossing and turning. The spring base gives the hybrid its bounciness (good for your joints) and contouring support (good for your back).