Choose a mattress: 5 elements to consider

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How to choose a mattress? Do you know? Is it really that is important to have a quality mattress?


A lot of people don’t know how to choose a mattress that can change the way of sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential for good health and a good life. Did you know that the quality of your mattress is an essential factor for you to sleep well? That’s why you need a good mattress to get a good night’s sleep.


In this article, we will initially explain the importance of having a good mattress, followed by some factors to take into account when choosing your new mattress. Finally, let’s talk about the types of mattresses that exist and the consequences that choosing a bad mattress can have on your health.


How important is having a good mattress?

The mattress is the protagonist of your nights and that’s why you should think of it as an investment and not as an expense, as you will spend between 5 and 10 years on it.

A good-quality mattress will provide you with more comfort and adaptability. during sleep. As a result, your body will be more relaxed, which makes you sleep better. Since each person has their own way of sleeping and needs to have specific characteristics in their mattress, we offer a wide range of products in order to meet the needs of each individual.


In order to help you with the selection and choice of your new mattress, we have made this guide to use when it comes time to change your mattress.


8 Factors to consider when choosing the ideal mattress:

A good mattress is not considered good by everyone, as there are several variants, among them the needs and tastes of each sleeper. It is essential that the mattress maintains the natural curvature of the spine. So start by listing what you are looking for in a mattress, your needs and what is important to you for a good rest. Followed by:


1. How many people will sleep in the bed?

Sleeping alone or with a partner can make all the difference when choosing the mattress, because if two people sleep in the same bed, they will have to find a mattress that suits their needs, tastes and, primarily, the way they sleep. When sleeping two people together, it may be essential to choose a mattress that absorbs and isolates movements while sleeping so they don’t wake up.


2. Analyze your needs

Do you wake up with body or neck pain? Have allergies? Do you wake up without energy? Is the mattress getting deformed and very dirty? If you answered yes to at least 2 of these questions, it’s definitely time to change your mattress. Your health will thank you.


3. Weight/height ratio

Accompanied or alone, attention must be paid to the height, weight and height of the person sleeping on the mattress. The body weight must be evenly distributed so as not to cause discomfort. Therefore, if you share a bed, you need to pay extra attention to the height of the two people, if they have similar physiognomies, they can use the same mattress, if the differences are very noticeable, they should look for two mattresses that adapt to the weight of each one, adding a topper to not to notice the separation of the mattresses.


4. Warranty

Rest assured that the mattress you buy has an extended warranty period. This is because, being a product that will have a lot of use, approximately 8 hours a day for 5 to 10 years, the materials must be of good quality and durable.


5. Try before you buy

Although you may already know the type of mattress you want either because someone recommended it or because you saw someone who really liked a model, this may not be the most suitable for you and your needs. Go to a mattress store and try it on, lie in the position you usually sleep in, move around, lie on your back, on your side, roll over and make sure you feel comfortable in all these positions and movements. We advise you to pay special attention to the spacing between the lumbar area and the mattress, this will be an indication of whether the firmness is right for you. If the space is too big it means the mattress is too firm, if there is no space or even curves inwards it means it is too soft.


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6. Change mattress +/- every 8 years

It can be tempting to keep the mattress for a lifetime, but you are making a mistake in doing so. The mattress, as it is a product where you spend a lot of time, accumulates a lot of dirt, bacteria, fungi and dust, which can have consequences for your respiratory health.

In addition to the fact that over time the mattress gains deformations, the materials lose their quality and the support of the body can get worse.


7. Mattress types:

Firm mattress
For those who have a higher weight, back problems or for those who sleep on their back.


Soft mattress
For children, teenagers or people with small stature and low weight, otherwise it will sink and keep the spine in a wrong posture, which can cause pain and discomfort when sleeping and during the day. If you sleep on your stomach it may also be the best choice.


Intermediate mattress
For those who don’t like to sink into the mattress but also don’t like high firmness. If you sleep on your side or on your stomach, it may also be advisable to choose a mattress of intermediate firmness, to respond to the different pressures exerted in order to keep your spine in the correct position.


8. Mattress materials:

There are several types of mattresses, from springs to foam. Spring ones tend to be firmer and foam and latex ones are softer. Let’s see one by one of the most common ones so you don’t have doubts about which one to choose.


Pocket Spring Mattress

Pocket spring mattresses are an excellent choice because they allow good ventilation of the mattress, pocket springs relieve pressure points and respond independently to movements, not reverberating throughout the mattress and bothering anyone who may be in bed.


The well-known traditional mattress, where bonnel springs are used. Usually this type of mattress is firmer and has a layer of foam to provide comfort.


Latex mattresses have numerous health benefits, from having multiple comfort zones to being a super stretchy material that instantly adapts to movement. This material, due to its characteristics, is a great choice for those who have/want an articulated bed and also for those who have breathing problems.


Viscoelastic foam is known for being a memory material, that is, it adapts to the pressures exerted. Spring or foam mattresses usually contain a layer of this material to add comfort.


Foam mattresses allow a good adaptation to the body and excellent comfort. Many of them can be used in articulated beds due to their elasticity. They tend to be cheaper and hotter.

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Consequences of buying a bad mattress:


Having a bad mattress can cause body aches such as muscle aches, spine, back and neck pain. Make sure that when choosing your new mattress, it does not cause any of these types of discomfort.



We often find ourselves irritated, unstable, lacking concentration and low productivity and we don’t find the reasons to be like this. Sleeping on a weak and poor quality mattress can reduce the quality of your sleep, which makes you not replenish your energy and the next morning you find yourself with these symptoms due to the lack of a regenerating rest.



Some of the sleep disorders such as insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness can be promoted due to the fact that the mattress is not good. This is because having a mattress that is not adapted to your needs will cause nighttime awakenings and discomforts that start by triggering insomnia and the following day excessive sleepiness.


In conclusion, when choosing, choose the one that best suits you, your needs and your tastes. Because you will spend, on average, 8 hours a day for 8 years, which gives a total of 23,360 hours or 973 days sleeping on the mattress.


Author: Inês Estrela


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