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Finding the Right Mattress for Your Back

Finding the perfect mattress can feel like a minefield, with so many options it can be hard to understand which one is best for your needs. Firm, soft, medium soft, memory foam, a mix of both? The last thing you want to do is splash out on a quality mattress only for it to underperform and leave you counting sheep every night.

A mattress is an extremely important purchase, after-all, you’ll be spending up to eight hours of your day lying on top of it. To help you make your next mattress purchase, this guide will break down which style is best for your back. Sciatica sufferers, take note…

Firm or soft?

It’s important that you select a mattress which is both comfortable and good for your back, and this differs from person to person. It can also depend on factors including your height, weight and the position in which you sleep.

Soft: If you have a tendency to change positions frequently during the night, often sleeping on your side then a soft mattress is ideal for you as this will mould to your body’s natural position.

Medium soft: Similarly, to the ‘soft’ mattress, if you fidget and change position in the night then this will mould to your body position but provide a little extra support.

Medium firm: If you sleep on your back then you will require a mattress that offers extra back-support such as a medium-firm.

Firm: If you tend to sleep on your front and/or suffer from ongoing back pain then a firm mattress if your best bet as this will ensure your back receives the support it needs for a good night’s rest without causing any additional pain.

What type of mattress do I need?

As well as the firmness of your mattress, you will also consider which type of mattress you will find most comfortable. There are three main options; open spring, pocket spring, and memory foam.

An open spring mattress is the most affordable due to the construction and filling, but generally these are not the best choice for a bed you’ll be sleeping on every night. Save the open spring for the guest bedroom! The pocket spring mattress offers extra comfort compared to the open spring and responds to the individual’s weight and shape.

These are hardwearing mattresses that are built to last, making them a worthy contender for your next purchase. Finally, we have the memory foam mattress which is ideal for allergy sufferers and those who need extra support. The memory foam moulds to your body and helps to align the spine.

How can I make it last?

Mattresses are not a cheap purchase, and you certainly get what you pay for which is why it’s always worth investing a few extra pounds for a quality, comfortable design. In order to keep your mattress in tip-top shape remember to air it regularly, turn it every fortnight to avoid dips from forming, and consider buying a mattress protector to keep the mattress clean. Visit the Divan Beds Centre to discover a huge selection of quality mattress types!