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Mattress buying guide

Mattress buying guide

Types of mattress

Open spring mattress: Also known as open coil or continuous coil mattresses. These contain one long piece of metal wire coiled into numerous springs. There’s also an additional border rod or wire to maintain shape and provide structure. It’s a great value for money option, although sides are machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched, but they are lighter than other models, making them easy to turn. They tend to be less supportive than other mattresses too, so are most suited to guest bedrooms or as children’s beds, where they are used occasionally or will need to be replaced regularly anyway.

Pocket spring mattress: This type of mattress is more luxurious, as it’s made from individual, small springs housed in their own pocket of fabric. This means each spring moves independently, providing more support than open spring mattresses. You can buy soft, medium or firm versions, depending on your preference, and they are more breathable than memory foam or latex mattresses (so ideal if you’re always getting too hot during the night). These are heavy to turn though, and can be filled with natural materials such as lambswool which may agitate allergies. This is a good option if you’re looking for a bed for two people, as the separate springs will cater for your different needs and weights, while they will also minimise the risk of you rolling towards your partner in the middle of the night.

Memory foam mattress: These more modern mattresses are made from memory foam, which is a mouldable material that also responds to temperature and weight, and has hypo-allergenic properties. This means it will mould to the shape of your body, absorb your weight and relieve pressure on your joints. Not everyone likes the sinking motion of this type of mattress, and it can get rather warm, but it’s ideal for those who need support or suffer from a bad back, as it will maintain posture and align your spine horizontally when sleeping on your side.

Hybrid: Drawing from a combination of materials that usually include memory foam, latex and pocket springs, hybrid mattresses are designed to give a more balanced sleeping experience. They often come with a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer, providing both comfort and support – alleviating aches and pains by responding to your body’s shape.

Continuous and coil: A popular budget option, a continuous coil mattress is made from a single looped wire, while an open coil mattress is made from single springs fixed together with one wire. These are significantly cheaper than other mattress types, but be warned that with the attractive price tag comes the likelihood of these mattresses wearing out and sagging quickly. These mattresses also move around a lot with you as you sleep – as they are designed as one unit – so if you or your partner tosses and turns in the night, we’d suggest you consider other options.

Mattress firmness

How firm your mattress is will affect how well you sleep. The type of firmness you need will depend on your sleeping position, height and weight. Here we explain what level of firmness is best for what type of sleeper.

Soft: Side sleepers or those who change positions during the night are best suited to soft mattresses. This is because the way you sleep already relieves pressure from your spine so you want your mattress to mould to your body’s natural position.

Medium soft: This is ideal for those who change their sleeping position during the night, as it will still mould to your body position but provide a little more support.

Medium firm: This is best for people who sleep on their back as you require extra lower-back support, which this type of firmness offers.

Firm: This type of mattress is ideal for those who sleep on their front, are over 15 stone or suffer from back pain. This is because it will keep your back in a relatively comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink into it as you sleep, which can cause lower-back pain.

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Choosing a mattress when you suffer from back pain

Choosing a mattress when you suffer from back pain

Choosing the right mattress can be difficult at the best of times, but it’s even trickier when you suffer with back pain.

Investing in a new mattress is a big commitment, and one that could have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing, so it’s important to choose carefully.

When you have a bad back, the mattress you sleep on can either help to alleviate or aggravate back pain, significantly impacting your quality of life.

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all for people with back pain. The type of mattress most suited to you will depend on many different factors including:

  • The severity of your pain.
  • The area of your back affected.
  • The cause of your back pain.
  • Your preferred sleeping position.
  • Your budget.

How can a mattress alleviate back pain?

Whilst the right mattress is unlikely to cure your back pain, it can help you to get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling less sore and more relaxed and rested.

The main thing that you want from your mattress if you have a bad back is support. Your mattress should distribute your weight evenly in order to relieve pressure points and support the spine.

A mattress that is too soft or too firm can cause your spine to become unaligned, worsening your symptoms.

What types of mattress are good for back pain?

Pocket spring mattress– Pocket sprung mattresses have individual springs that move independently, allowing them to distribute weight better than open coil mattresses.

Memory foam mattress– Memory foam mattresses use body heat to mould to the shape of your body, effectively relieving pressure points and keeping the spine aligned.

Medical grade reflex foam mattress– Medical grade foam moulds to your body shape just like memory foam, however it doesn’t require body heat to do so, making them a cooler more comfortable option.

For more help and advice choosing the right mattress, get in touch with our team here at M6 beds by giving us a call on 01270 879 379.

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Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs Your Bed Needs to Be Replaced

Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs Your Bed Needs to Be Replaced

Many of us are now paying more attention to our health limiting the amount of sugar and fat we consume and exercising more yet few of us pay much attention to our beds. Beds are more than just places to sleep, they are the most important factor in getting the sleep you also need to keep healthy.

It is important, therefore, to spot the following warning signs your bed needs to be replaced.

Your mattress resembles a valley
If you strip off the sheets and your bed appears to be sunk in the middle, then this is a tell-tale sign that either your bed, mattress or both should be replaced.

You wake up with soreness and headaches
While there could be other causes for soreness and headaches when waking up in the morning and you should get those checked by a doctor, the culprit could well be a worn-out bed. If your mattress hasn’t been replaced for a decade or your bed is starting to look shabby with broken fittings underneath, it is time to start looking for a replacement.

Your bed doesn’t feel as comfortable as the one at the hotel
If you sleep like a baby in your hotel room or elsewhere and don’t feel like you could have had an equally good or better night’s sleep at home, this could be a clear indication that your mattress and possibly your bed needs replacing.

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Suffer From Hip Pain? A New Mattress Might Help

Suffer From Hip Pain? A New Mattress Might Help

Anyone who has suffered from hip pain knows that it can be very difficult to find relief even when lying down in bed. Fortunately, there are things you can do that might ease the pain from an aching hip so that you can achieve a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Much of the pain emanating from a sore hip when lying down can be due to your mattress type. If your mattress is starting to show its age, then it may provide little support which leads to misalignment of joints, particularly those in your spine and hip.

Opting for a firm mattress will provide the much needed support you need to ensure your joints remain in alignment when you sleep. In terms of mattress type, memory foam and latex mattress are able to provide firmness around those pressure points and help position your pbody in a more natural sleeping position.

In addition to buying a new mattress you could also try placing a pillow between your legs if you typically lie on your side to go to sleep. Placing the pillow between your legs will take the pressure of whichever side of the hip is causing pain and can instantly relieve symptoms.

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Choosing The Right Mattress For A Bad Back

Choosing The Right Mattress For A Bad Back

Even though it is recommended that a mattress should be replaced every 7 years or so most people leave it far longer. Often the decision to buy mattresses is influenced by the sudden onset of back pain when there is the realisation that the bed may be the cause of issues.

Back pain is a common ailment most of us will face at some point in our lives but a lot can be done to avoid it. Keeping active, maintaining a healthy weight and practicing good lifting technique and posture are just some of things you can do to reduce the risk.

Another is to look at the place where you spend a third of your life – in bed.

Beds that lack support can be very problematic for the spine and aggravate any existing injuries you may have.

When it comes to choosing a mattress there is the common myth that firmer is better, but it really depends on your individual anatomy and what you feel most comfortable sleeping on. This is why we always recommend having a lie down on a mattress before buying it just to make sure.

As we have established back pain can have a variety of causes and it is always wise to see a doctor if you have any concerns.

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