Monday, October 18

Choosing a mattress: how many types are there and which one suits me?


Choosing a mattress is a more complicated task than it seems. Not only because the market has a very varied offer and with very different technologies, but also because each person has a special way of sleeping that responds more to one mattress profile than to another, in addition to some anatomical characteristics that will require, for example, greater or less firmness, a more pronounced adaptability or a certain resilience from the deformation caused by the weight of the body.

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A mattress for every way of sleeping

  • For example, people who they sleep on their backThey will need a fairly firm mattress, which reinforces them in the area of ​​the neck and at the base of the spine, so that it does not tend to deform, generating bad postures.
  • On the other hand, those who they sleep on their side they will require a mattress of medium firmness that, without allowing the body to adopt bad postures, adapts to the structure of the hips and shoulders.
  • Finally, those who sleep face down They will need a softer mattress that does not generate risks of suffering bad gestures in the neck area or in the middle torsion of the spine.

On the other hand, we must distinguish between the people who they move a lot and those that move little while sleeping:

  • The people that they tend to move a lotBy turning over again and again, they will need a relatively firm but not excessive mattress, since turning over can cause bad gestures if the mattress is very hard. They will also require adaptability in the filling, since the mattress must adapt to the different positions that the body takes in its rotation.
  • Instead, the people who they move little They can opt for firm mattresses, always according to their sleeping position, as well as less adaptable materials, which react quickly, returning after the pressure of the body to its original position.

Finally we must reflect on whether we sweat a lot or not when we sleep. People with high perspiration will need materials capable of absorbing the sweat generated, and then evaporating it, in order to avoid accumulation of moisture in the mattress.

What types of mattresses exist and which one is best suited to each type of sleep?

Spring mattresses

Although they may sound old, spring mattresses have extensive technological development that does not detract from other technologies and materials. In general they are characterized by a quick return to its starting positionalthough the firmness may vary depending on the method. There are three main types of spring mattresses, continuous thread, pocket spring, and biconical.

The continuous thread (see offers) they form a unique network of springs that maintain the structure like a splint. They are recommended for people who sleep alone because they are firm without being rigid, but not so much for double beds.

  • In this case, the mattresses of pocket springs (see offers), since each spring is independent and maintains firmness without affecting the whole, and without the pressure in another area of ​​the mattress conditioning them.
  • Finally the biconic they are a middle point between the two aforementioned systems, with individual double cone springs, but linked in a single structure.

Regarding the price, the continuous thread ones are the most affordable –300 euros-, followed by the biconic and the bagged ones, which can reach the 600 euros. Regarding aeration, spring mattresses are highly breathable and they do not absorb moisture, so they are suitable for people who sweat.

Foam and memory foam mattresses

Foam mattresses are perhaps the most affordable range of all, as they are based on expanded polyurethane foams, with internal air bubbles, which have relatively little firmness and retain little shape after pressure.

In them, what counts is the density, so that the higher the density, the more consistency but also the higher weight and price, whose average value can be around 70 euros by a double foam rubber bed mattress, while the high-density ones are around the 200 euros. They are not very breathable, can easily accumulate mites and are generally only recommended for beds where you sleep very occasionally.

Within this section we can include the memory foam mattresses (see offers), which is a much higher category in which the polyurethane is replaced by another foam of higher quality, with more firmness and at the same time adaptability, so that the mattress does not have a tendency to immediately return to its original position. They are much more expensive, since it can reach the 800 euros, but they can be perfect for people who have to spend a lot of time in bed.

Latex mattresses

Latex mattresses (see offers) They are made up of layers of this milky, rubbery substance extracted from the rubber tree, or of a synthetically made latex. It is a much denser and very heavy kind of foam.

This is its main drawback along with the high price, since a double bed piece can reach the 600 euros. But it has the advantage of its ability to adapt to the shape of the body while maintaining firmness.

It is ideal for people who move a lot, as it does not have a slowing effect on rotation, and also for those who want a mattress that adapts to their body without losing firmness.

On the other hand, latex is a good remedy against mite colonies, since they do not have air bubbles or tissues where these small animals that cause many allergies can take refuge. Those allergic to latex should avoid them.

Japanese futon

It is made from layers of pressed cotton and it is ideal for those people accustomed to sleeping on hard surfaces, since it hardly presents any cushioning. Also for eco-conscious people, as it is fully biodegradable (see offers). It has the disadvantage that it can accumulate mites and pollen, and also that the cotton disintegrates over time, so it must be replaced.

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