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The Guide to Buying the Perfect Mattress

The three most common types of mattresses are as follows; foam, innerspring and adjustable. There is no one “right” material that you should choose, however, foam materials have become a lot more popular, especially when it comes to online retailers. Once you have decided on the type of mattress, you will then need to think about a few other important factors. From sleep style to trying to negotiate with a bedfellow, here is what you should be looking for based on your specific needs.

 

Are you looking for a bad with a bounce?

An innerspring mattress will give you that familiar bouncy feel. The interconnected coils are very durable, but the individual “pocketed” coils, each one covered with fabric, will help reduce the ripple effect that you might get when someone on one side of the bed gets up or climbs on.

 

Are you looking for a firm base?

With memory foam and latex mattress, you will have a lot less spring. In order to determine the quality, take a look at the thickness and density of the foam, this will help you determine how deep you are going to sink. The newer mattresses sold online commonly have several different layers of foam, the heavier layers are generally at the bottom for support and the cooler, lighter layers at the top for more comfort.

 

Are you looking for a plush top mattress?

An innerspring mattress will typically have either a fiberfill or foam outer layer which is covered in quilted ticking. But even if you are going for that uber-plush feel, do not be too easily convinced by a thick-looking pillow top as they often compress over time. Many people find that it is better to find a firmer, well-quilted mattress, and buying a cover that has a replicable mattress topper.

 

Are you looking to change things up?

You should consider an air-filled mattress, there are mattresses which have a remote control to control how much air is on each side. These mattresses come with two side chambers which allow you and your partner to customize how firm your side of the mattress should be. You can also have a look at foam mattresses that have soft and firm sides, so you can flip your mattress as you need; there are also modular designs that allow you to move around the springs on the inside.

 

Do you sleep on your side?

You will need a surface that will properly support your body weight, and conform to your specific body shape. With innerspring, you may have some more pressure relief than some of the other foam or latex mattresses, but with a soft foam mattress or a mattress with built-in pressure relief points around the hips and shoulders can work for side sleepers as well.

 

Do you sleep on your stomach?

The very last thing that someone who sleeps on his or her stomach will probably want is an enveloping memory foam mattress, it will feel quite smothering. Instead, having a bed which is firmer can provide better support. Consider a dense innerspring, firm foam or air-filled mattress.

 

Do you sleep on your back?

If you tend to sleep on your back, you will most probably want something a that is in the middle – a surface that is going to offer the right amount of support but also has some give so that your spine is always kept in a healthy alignment. You will find happiness with any of the above mattress types, but you should always take the extra time to make sure you are purchasing the mattress that feels best for you.

 

Does your partner toss and turn at night?

If your partner is keeping you up with all the tossing and turning at night, you should consider an innerspring mattress with pocketed coils, or memory foam, latex, or a dual-chamber air-filled mattress. A medium-firm pick will offer a good “motion isolation”. However, you should keep in mind that these models could actually be less comfortable for you if you are a restless sleeper, as it does not have much forgiveness against your movements.

 

Do you sleep hot?

Some manufacturers tend to get a bit carried away when it comes to claims about cooling properties, especially when you consider all the layers that you have on top of the mattress. Nevertheless, latex or foam can hold in body heat, especially if they are quite soft and a lot of your body sinks in. Fortunately, there is some new technology which helps alleviate this tissue and you can always accessorize your bed with sheets, toppers and other add on’s that offer cooling benefits.

 

Do you have allergies?

Foam and latex are both inherently antimicrobial and resistant to mould and dust mites. If you decide to purchase a bed with air topped fiberfill or innerspring, ensure that it is encased in an allergen-resistant cover to keep irritants at bay.

 

Do you suffer from back pain?

The best types of mattresses for those who suffer from back pain are memory foam or latex, as it moulds to your body and offers that extra support.  

 

Are you concerned about chemicals?

Look for foams that are certified by CertiPUR-US and other certifications for other materials like Oeko-Tex for certain fabrics or GOLS for latex to feel more confident about the bed you have purchased.

 

Can’t decide what matters most?

Some savvy manufacturers have made hybrid-style mattresses which combine the motion isolation of memory foam with the buoyancy of an innerspring core. This is the best-of-both-worlds option that helps you avoid those disputes with your partner and their sleeping styles.

 

How and when should you replace your mattress  

Always make sure you have checked the return policy. Sometimes you might be able to get a partial refund if you bought it at a certain store, but online mattress companies often make arrangement to pick your mattress up to take it to a local charity and they will then give you 100% of your cashback. Before purchasing, make sure that you are able to test out your new mattress for a month risk-free; this way you will be able to get used to it before making your final decision.

 

Having a longer warranty on your mattress may not necessarily promise a certain lifespan. Make sure you have read the fine print. If you stain your mattress and did not have a mattress protector, or you did not have a matching foundation beneath your mattress, it could also invalidate the warranty.

 

As a general rule, your mattress lasts five to ten years. However, you should also decide when the right time is to get a new mattress and base your decision on other warning signs. Is your mattress starting to feel lumpy? Are you waking up sore? Do you sleep better on other mattresses, like when visiting a friend or a hotel? If your answers are yes, then it is time to go shopping for a new mattress. And remember to use a mattress protector to extend the life or your current mattress, this will also keep out the allergens, dust, spills and other hazards.

 

Sleeping positions to assist in a good night’s sleep

Sleep is a huge part of our lives, even if you are not getting your eight hours in, and there is quite a bit more to it than you may think. If you have an injury or you are struggling to sleep, there is much more to it than just laying down for a bit and getting some sleep. The position in which you sleep plays a big role in your sleep quality, which means you might need to start thinking about switching it up.

 

There sleep positions offer different benefits. If you are struggling with any sort of health issue or pain, you may need to change up your sleeping position in order to help manage it. And while this will most probably not be something that you can do in one night, it is definitely worth trying it out.

 

The secret to improving your sleep quality might be to take the time to train yourself to sleep in a different position. However, if you are not comfortable with this, do not worry. You could also try modifying your current sleep position in order to ensure you are getting the most out of it.

 

Each person is different. The most important part is that you are doing what works for your sleeping needs and body.

 

The fetal position

There is a reason as to why the fetal position is the most popular sleeping position. The fetal position has many different benefits according to the National Sleep Foundation. Not only is it great for pregnancy or lower back pain, but sleeping in the fetal position can also help to reduce snoring.

 

Unfortunately, there are also some downsides to sleeping in the fetal position. You should always ensure that your posture is relatively loose, otherwise, this comfortable position could limit deep breathing while you are sleeping.  Also, if you suffer from any stiffness or joint pain, sleeping in a tight fetal position could leave you feeling quite sore in the morning.

 

Sleeping on your side

Believe it or not, sleeping on your side is actually quite good for you, especially when sleeping on your left side. Not only can it reduce snoring, but it is also good for your digestion and may even reduce heartburn.

 

A study conducted a while back looked at ten different people over the course of two days. On the first day, the participants rested on their right side after eating a meal that is high in fat. On the second day, they switched to the left side. While this was quite a small study, the researchers discovered that those who slept on their right sides had an increase in heartburn and acid reflux, which suggests that it could be a reason to change to the other side at night.

 

On the other hand, sleeping on your side may not always be the right thing to do. Not only can it lead to jaw tightness on that side but it can also cause stiffness in your shoulders. Furthermore, research suggests that sleeping on your side can also add to getting wrinkles. By putting a pillow between your legs, you can better alight your body to avoid getting lower back pain.

 

Sleeping on your stomach

If you had to rank all of the different sleeping positions, sleeping on your stomach will most probably be at the bottom of the list. While it may be a good position for sleep apnea or snoring, there are not many other benefits.

 

Unfortunately, if you sleep on your stomach, you may be contributing to your back and neck pain. This position may also cause a lot of unnecessary strain to your joints and muscles, which is why you might wake up tired and sore. By putting a pillow under your lower belly, you may be able to reduce the back pain.

 

Sleeping flat on your back

This may not be the most popular sleeping position, but sleeping on your back actually offers the most health benefits. Not only can it help relieve knee and hip pain, but it can also protect your spine.

 

When you sleep on your spine, you are using gravity to keep your body in an even alignment over your spine, which can assist with any of the unnecessary pressure on your joints or back. Placing a pillow behind your knees can help support the natural curve on your back.

 

In addition to this, if you are concerned about keeping your skin looking good, sleeping on your back helps protect your face from any pillow or gravity-induced wrinkles.

 

On the other hand, if you struggle with sleep apnea or snoring, it may be difficult to sleep on your back. It may also be difficult for those who already struggle with back pain, and this is why it is important to ensure you are properly supported.

 

The takeaway

We spend more or less one-third of our lives sleeping or at least attempting to sleep. Your sleeping position matters a lot more than you may think. If you are struggling to sleep, your health also suffers. On top of this, sleep deprivation is about much more than getting enough sleep, as sleep quality matters too.

 

If you do not feel refreshed and rested when you wake up, attempt practising good sleeping habits. By incorporating sleep hygiene into your regular bedtime routine can also assist in boosting your sleep quality. You can try the following:

 

  • Exercise regularly
  • Avid any excess caffeine
  • Start by establishing a nightly schedule that will help you relax and prepare for sleep

 

Try keeping a sleep journal for a couple of weeks. This way you can keep track of any patterns that may appear in your sleep habits, and sleep quality, this way you will be able to get a better look at what is working for you versus what is not.

 

You do not always have to change your sleeping position if you are not having any problems. Do what feels most comfortable for you. The most important part is to ensure that you are waking up feeling well-rested and ready to go.

 

Beds Depot offers some of the best brands all across South Africa. We boast a wide range of Sealy, Genesis, Restonic, and Simmons base sets. For more information, visit our website on www.bedsdepot.co.za.

 

Happy Workers’ Day Celebration from Team Beds Depot

Happy Workers’ Day Celebration from Team Beds Depot

1st of May is a national holiday in South Africa. It is recognised worldwide as International Workers’ Day which means a celebration of the international labor movement.

Holiday we are all aware, is a time to rest. How can you best use this holiday?

At Beds Depot, we believe the best form of relaxation is from not doing much, but easily shopping online.

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Eight tips for maximising your mattress’s life

Eight tips for maximising your mattress’s life

Your mattress is an investment that you make for better sleep—and better physical and mental health. So of course you want to make it last! Depending on the type of mattress that you cozy up to every night, the rules of caring for it may have changed. Maximize your bed’s life with the following tips.

Rotate It. While manufacturers used to recommend both flipping and rotating your mattress regularly to help it wear more evenly, newer beds have just one “right side up.” For a brand new set, avoid lumps and bumps by rotating it end to end every two weeks for the first four months, and then every three months after that. And don’t forget your box spring! That should also be rotated (but not flipped) every six months. If you’re unsure, it’s never a bad idea to check your warranty or ask a manager at the store where you bought it.

Spread the Love. You may have a favorite seat at the table, a favorite spot on the couch, and even a designated side of the bed. But when it comes to sitting on the edge of your bed to get dressed or tie your shoes, sitting in the same spot every time can cause your mattress to lose its structure prematurely.

Don’t Monkey Around. Jumping on the bed may sound like fun, but whatever your age, it’s better to do your jumping elsewhere. Not only is it dangerous, but it can damage the coils and the fibers of your mattress.

One-up Your Sheets. While a fitted sheet can help to protect the mattress, you’ll keep it even safer from dirt—and stains—if you first cover it with a waterproof, washable mattress cover. Beyond that, some mattress covers provide extra padding for comfort, as well as protection from allergens and bedbugs.

Keep it Clean—and Dry. You might not think of taking a vacuum to your mattress, but you should. Regularly giving it a clean sweep helps to keep dust from becoming ground into the mattress. Spilled something? You can dab at it with warm soapy water, but avoid getting it any more wet than you have to since moisture creates a breeding ground for mold. Then, let it dry completely before making the bed.

Use Baking Soda to Nix Smells. Got something stinky going on? Try this to absorb odors without harming your mattress: Sprinkle it with baking soda and wait 20 minutes. Then use a vacuum to suck up the baking soda, and enjoy a fresher night’s rest.

Carry it Carefully. Your mattress may have straps on the side, but they’re actually not made for carrying it. Use those straps instead for help positioning your mattress (like when you rotate it). If you need to lift it completely, do so from underneath, and make sure to get several strong people to work together, lifting with their legs. And while you’re at it, ever see a car or truck with a mattress strapped to the top? Not a good idea. Instead, only transport your mattress when it’s fully supported.

Give It A Regular Check-up. Your mattress is only as good as the foundation that it’s placed on—ideally a good-quality frame that you purchased at the same time as your mattress. Keep it up by checking the legs and castors every six months to see if they need to be tightened.

Trade It In When It’s Time. Even with the best care, your mattress will eventually wear out, usually after eight to 10 years. It may show wear (like coils poking through or saggy edges) or it may not (kind of like a pair of sneakers that you wear only on the treadmill). But if you find that you’re waking up with an achy back or it’s simply not feeling as comfortable, it may be time to go shopping online on Beds Depot.

Shopping for the right mattresses to improve your sleeping experience

Shopping for the right mattresses to improve your sleeping experience

Overwhelmed As You Go Shopping for Mattresses? You Don’t Have to Be!

Sleeping on the right mattress is crucial to your overall well-being. There are several choices when it comes features, innovations, and materials. When shopping for mattresses in Sacramento, here are some quick tips to help you out.

Ask Stores for a Comfort Test

It is all a matter of personal comfort, and the truth is there is no real evidence to show that firm is better than soft, so you need to check how the mattress interacts with your body. Ideally, the perfect mattress should offer you optimum support without placing pressure on your feet, hips, shoulders or head. It should also be able to support your body weight, while keeping your spine at a fairly neutral position.

To find out if the mattress gives the right support, slide your hand underneath the small of your back. If it fits easily, it is too soft. If not at all, it is too firm. Go for what is comfortable but when in doubt, err on the side of caution and go for the firmer mattresses as they soften with age. When shopping, ask about any comfort guarantee before you buy and make sure to read the fine print.

Consider Checking for Possible Allergens

If you’re allergic to mold, mites, and dust, then consider going for a hypoallergenic mattress, which are typically made from wool and natural latex. You may also want to check the mattress label to see if there are chemicals that might disagree with you.

Get Advice

If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor or physical therapist before you go shopping to see if they have any suggestions. While it is great to ask friends and family for advice, remember that they may be an expert on their own mattresses, but everyone’s body is different. It is best to do your own research and try the mattresses out for yourself. The good news is most salespeople from quality stores are trained to assist you in finding the correct mattress, and will gladly help you.

Sources:
Science-Backed Tips to Pick the Perfect Mattress, Greatist.com
Top 12 Tips for Buying a New Mattress, Spine-Health.com

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