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Looking for a good night’s sleep? Whether you’re plagued by insomnia or wake up with body aches all the time, the issue could be with your mattress. It’s recommended to change your mattress every eight to ten years. In fact, a good quality mattress can literally be the foundation to undisturbed, restful slumber.

Here are six handy tips to help you choose the best mattress for your sleeping needs and wake up happy:

1. Know your needs

Optimal comfort is the ultimate goal here, but there are other questions you should ask yourself, including:

– What’s my usual sleeping position?

-Do my spouse and I have different sleeping needs and concerns?

– How big is my bedroom?

– What’s my budget?

– Do I have sleep issues I want to correct?

2. Know your mattress types

There are four common ones: innerspring, foam (including memory foam), latex and air mattresses, all with varying degrees of firmness. Here are some general guidelines to help you out:

– Innerspring: These bouncy mattresses provide support with the use of steel coils submerged under layers of comfort materials like latex, memory foam and pillow. Make sure to get good-quality ones as cheaper ones may not have enough cushion and you might feel the coils poking through over time.

– Memory foam: Made with different layers of foam, this mattress type actually reduces pressure points as they conform to the contour of your body as you lie down, which makes it great for relieving pain and provide more comfort. it also absorbs movement, so you’re less likely to be disturbed by your partner’s tossing and turning.

– Latex: Made from natural or synthetic rubber, these mattresses are also good for relieving back aches and pains as they’re firmer than memory foam mattresses but provide similar body support. There’s a bit more “spring” involved.

– Air: Not to be confused with blow-up mattresses, air mattresses contain chambers filled with air instead of coils, They’re typically used for those with spinal injuries and have to lie down for a long time, and the firmness can be adjusted.

Nowadays, many brands sell hybrid versions for greater versatility and target your sleep needs even better.

3. Test drive mattresses at the store before buying

When you get to the store, make sure to actually like down on the beds for at least 10 to 15 minutes each, and in your usual sleeping position. This will increase your chances of selecting the best bed for yourself.

4. Do the spine test

It’s wise to shop with your partner or a trusted friend. Lie down on the mattress and ask them to observe the position of your spine — is it neutral, sagging or curved? Keep searching until you find one that keeps your spine in a neutral alignment.

5. Look for one with a good warranty and return policy

Especially if you’re getting a really expensive one, you’d want to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth when you get back home.

6. Consider getting a mattres topper or mattress pad

For added luxury and even better sleep, opt for a mattress topper that provdies an extra layer of comfort.


Adapted from The Singapore Women’s Weekly.