The journey to great sleep begins with a look at how you sleep and your sleep preferences.
Find Your Firmness
The ideal mattress should provide enough support to prevent pressure points and soreness upon waking. Pressure points are created when the body is out of alignment and increased stress is put on one or more areas of the body, which can lead to pain upon waking and continued soreness throughout the day. It's a good idea to determine the level of firmness you prefer when choosing a mattress. Your body should be in a neutral position when resting, meaning the spine is curved and the head, shoulders, buttocks and heels are all in proper alignment. People who have long-term back pain would sleep best with a medium-to-firm mattress, according to WebMD.
Keep Your Sleep Position In Mind
While you might not have considered it when you purchased your last mattress, your most common sleep position is an important part of choosing a mattress. After all, you wouldn't want to pick a mattress that isn't conducive to a great night's sleep, would you? For the most common positions — side, back and stomach — different, specific levels of firmness are recommended. Side sleepers sleep best on mattresses that are soft-to-medium firmness. Back sleepers sleep best on medium-firm mattresses. Stomach sleepers will also enjoy a great night's sleep on medium-firm mattresses, but some may need softer or firmer mattresses to keep the body in proper alignment.
Think About Mattress Composition
When it comes to choosing a mattress, the type and construction can be overwhelming. A few of the most common composition terms you'll hear salespeople mention include innerspring, foam, latex, air-filled, coils, gel, feathers, fiberfill and memory foam. Certain mattress materials are better for specific sleepers and should be taken into consideration. Memory foam has less spring and tends to trap heat, latex mattresses have more spring-back, and air-filled can be good for motion isolation if you or your partner move around at night. You should choose the mattress whose composition best complements your sleep style and preferences.
Consider Your Lifestyle and Sleep Habits
You take your lifestyle into account when you purchase a car, so why wouldn't you when choosing a mattress? After all, you'll be spending more time in bed than in your car. Not all mattresses are designed to be used with complementary products to create a complete system that leads to even better sleep. SHEEX® is unique in that it offers a complete SHEEX® Performance Sleep System™ with the addition of the SHEEX® Performance Cooling Mattress. It is designed to work hand-in-hand with your SHEEX® cooling sheets, mattress pad, box spring wrap, pillows, duvet cover and comforter. The proprietary SHEEX® fabric features integrated functional performance and is breathable and ice-cool to the touch. It wicks moisture away from your skin and transports it through the fabric to evaporate quickly, ensuring you stay dry, cool and comfortable throughout the night.
The SHEEX® Performance Cooling Mattress includes layer upon layer of technical performance materials, including the same patented, breathable SLEEP TECH® fabrics from our cooling sheet products and mattress cover. As you move top-down, the mattress is composed of the following layers: a breathable comfort layer and quilted fabric that improves airflow; a high-density memory foam that provides pressure relief; a transition layer that provides deep comfort through consistent weight distribution; and support foam that strengthens the comfort layers and adds long-lasting durability. Now that you have a strategy for choosing a mattress, you can get started and find the best bed for your life and sleep styles! Information for this article was sourced from Good Housekeeping, Sleepopolis, WebMD, The Better Sleep Council and Consumer Reports.