Getting a good night’s sleep can be near impossible without the right mattress. But depending on your body type and specific needs for comfort, you’re best testing out a few different options before making a commitment that you’ll have to stick with for the better part of a decade.
First off, if your current mattress is more than eight years old, it’s probably time to consider purchasing a new one. Mattresses are one of the longer-lasting household items you can buy and, depending on quality, may last longer than eight years. However, if you are noticing changes in the texture of the mattress or your comfort level, it’s probably time to switch to one of these options.
The combination of comfort and support in memory foam mattresses has been hyped up dramatically in recent years, but for good reason. For people with pressure issues who enjoy a mattress that “hugs” you, memory foam is a great choice. There are a variety of options in to choose from now, including the mattress in a box trend with brands like Casper and Nectar.
Innerspring mattresses are among the most popular and widely available types, and have advanced greatly in recent years. Generally, the more coils in a mattress the better support it will offer. This is the best choice for people who prefer a slightly firmer mattress.
Think of a pillow top as a coil mattress with a plush top layer. There are often multiple layers of coils for support, but a softer outside for added cushion and a “cloud-like” feel. Most pillow tops will still provide adequate support, but may be more comfortable for people looking for a plush feel to their mattress.
Latex mattresses are preferred by some people for their ability to hug the body, though not to the same degree as memory foam. The material adjusts to the body instead of being forced into a specific shape by the body’s weight. It also offers motion isolation, so if you find that you move a lot in your sleep, latex may be your best bet.