How To Pick Your Ideal Mattress

Getting a good night’s sleep depends on many different factors — comfort, stress level, room temperature – but to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics, and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber.

If you’re in the market for a new mattress and have recently taken a stroll down the aisle of a bedding store, you know that there is a dizzying array from which to choose. How do you know which mattress is best for you?

Below are some things to consider concerning innerspring, memory foam, latex, and air mattresses! For more information, visit

Is It Time for a New Mattress?

How do you know if the bed you’re sleeping on is the right one?

“If you wake up in the morning and have some low back pain and can stretch and get rid of it in 15 or 30 minutes, that means you’re on an inappropriate mattress for you,” says an expert.

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are still by far the most widely used. They support you with coil springs, and in most built today, each coil is individually enclosed. This helps the bed weather years of use and prevents the coils from popping out of the mattress. On top of the coils are various materials added for comfort, from pillow to latex to memory foam. It’s all a matter of preference.

Salespeople may try to sell you on the idea that more coils mean more comfort, but that’s not necessarily true.

Pros: There are plenty of innerspring mattresses on the market from which to choose. They range in firmness, the fluffiness of the pillow top, and in price to fit nearly every preference and pocketbook.

Cons: There’s no direct relationship in most cases between price and comfort, but it is suggested to steer clear of the cheapest innerspring mattress. If there aren’t enough springs and cushions to offer you proper support, you’ll likely wake up with an aching back.

Conditions: For someone who is very overweight, spring mattresses may offer firmer support, making them easier to get in and out of. Firmer versions are suitable for people with back pain. But spring-based mattresses can be comfortable for almost anyone.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are growing in popularity. They are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature and are known for comfort because they contour to your body’s specific shape. Memory foam toppers are also available.

Pros: By molding to the shape of your body as your weight shifts through the night, memory foam reduces pressure points and relieves pain. Memory foam also absorbs movement, so if you sleep with a partner, you’re not likely to be disturbed by their tossing and turning.

Cons: One of the biggest complaints with memory foam mattresses is that because these mattresses are temperature sensitive, softening, and molding with your body heat, they can make you feel boiling during the night. Memory foam mattresses have been known to emit an unpleasant chemical smell.

Conditions: If you have a hard time getting comfortable, if you have chronic fatigue, or some muscle pain, then a memory foam mattress would work well for you, assuming you don’t have temperature issues.

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber and are known for providing a very firm, enthusiastic support that is uniform throughout the bed.

Pros: Latex is famous for being very firm and supportive and providing comfort similar to memory foam. Unlike the memory foam mattresses, however, latex pushes back, ultimately providing more support.

Cons: If you don’t like the feel of a firm mattress, latex is probably not the right choice for you.

Conditions: Either a latex mattress or latex mattress topper is excellent for relieving back pain because they offer the best combination of comfort and support.

Air Mattresses

We’re not talking about the blow-up mattresses you put your holiday guests on for a few days. Higher-end air beds look like a standard innerspring mattress but use air-filled chambers instead of coils covered by a foam layer on top.

It is noted that air beds have long been used for patients with spinal cord injuries lying in bed for a long time. They can be adjusted so they don’t continue to press on the same body areas, which helps avoid skin breakdown in patients who can’t move.

Pros:  Couples who have dramatic differences in their individual preference for comfort and firmness levels might do very well with an air mattress. The reason is that the firmness of each side of the bed can be altered. If you like it firmer than your partner, these beds can be adjusted for that.

Like latex and memory foam, you can also find air toppers for your mattress.

Cons: People sometimes fail to make their air bed firm enough and wake up with backaches. Less sophisticated air mattresses also pop up on one side when you sit on the opposite end. For that reason, you want multiple chambers, so that doesn’t occur.

Conditions: These beds are beneficial when sleeping partners have different needs. If one of you has a bad back, one side can be made firmer than the other to provide greater support.