Three Things to Look for in a Mattress

Good things come in threes. Wise men, the number of (original) Star Wars movies, and now, things to look for in a mattress! The three main things to look out for are the types of mattresses you can buy, the firmness of the mattresses you can buy, and of course the prices of the mattresses available. It’s really important to get a good night’s sleep, so make sure you check off what you need in a mattress for that peaceful rest only a good mattress can give you. 


Mattress Types

There are five basic types of mattresses. In total, you can choose from airbed mattresses, foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses, latex mattresses, and hybrid mattresses. Body type, sleep position, and the rate at which you toss and turn are all factors to consider when choosing a mattress type. 


For people of a lighter frame, softer mattresses are typically a good fit, as they aren’t likely to sink far into a mattress. A softer mattress will contour to their body more efficiently than, say, an innerspring mattress, which is relatively rigid. Foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses are compatible choices for those 130 pounds and under. Conversely, much heavier people sink deeper into a mattress, often disproportionately, and run into the risk of spinal misalignment. Such people would benefit more from a firmer mattress, such as a latex, hybrid, or airbed mattress. One advantage of the airbed mattress is its ability to customize its firmness on different sides of the bed, making it a great fit for couples. 



As mentioned before, lighter people tend to benefit from softer mattresses and heavier people benefit more from firm mattresses. But just as life isn’t black and white, so too is the scale of firmness. Some people don’t fit clearly into either category, or could have medical conditions that affect the outcome of which mattress is best. In order to most effectively combat back pain, understanding what position one sleeps in is important. As a general rule of thumb, side sleepers favor medium soft to medium firm mattresses that cushion the places put under the most strain by that position. Back sleepers need to mitigate the pressure on their lower back, where the pressure is highest. Medium to firm mattresses work well to that end. Finally, stomach sleepers sleep well with firm mattresses that prevent too much pressure being put on the spine and a sense of suffocation. As a side note, if shopping for a child, the mattress should always be firm, as to prevent deadly suffocation hazards. 



Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the mattress best tailored for them. To help people have a rough understanding of the average mattress price range, the following price ranges are presented in Queen size, from cheapest to most expensive. 


The average innerspring mattress costs from 600 to 1100 dollars. 

The average foam mattress costs from 900 to 1300 dollars. 

The average hybrid mattress costs from 1500 to 2000 dollars. 

The average latex mattress costs from 1600 to 2000 dollars. 

The average airbed mattress costs from 2000 to 2400 dollars.

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