Importance of Choosing the Right Mattress
In a 2014 survey of 43 cities, scientists found that Singapore is the third most sleep-deprived city in the world after Tokyo and Seoul. Furthermore, Singapore also came in second after Britain in a more recent online poll conducted in 2018 across 12 countries. So, what makes Singapore lose sleep each night? Could it be that we are sleeping on the wrong kind of mattress? Where can you find quality mattresses in Singapore?
Orthopaedists have been known to assert that a firm mattress is the greatest investment for your health. A mattress that provides gentle support for the body's pressure points, on the other hand, has been demonstrated to be superior to a hard mattress. When sleeping on a mattress that does not allow for natural spine alignment, a person's body switches positions frequently in an attempt to ease body areas with inadequate circulation.
While sleeping on a bad mattress, we change positions 25 to 55 times. We only shift 10 to 15 times on a well-designed mattress. On a well-designed mattress, we sleep better and have fewer disruptions. Our spine and body will thank us for investing in a high-quality mattress.
How to choose the right mattress?
If you're just starting your search for a new mattress, you've certainly realised that there are a lot of possibilities. Start by thinking about mattress types as a method to establish your bearings.
Choosing the right mattress type
Mattresses usually fall into one of these five categories: foam, innerspring, hybrid, latex, or airbed.
Innersprings are the most popular mattress type and were once the standard in houses across the country. Other mattress types, on the other hand, have also become increasingly well-known in recent years. These additional mattress kinds have grown in popularity due to their ability to provide a more dynamic performance. With the expansion of the online mattress market, they've also gotten more affordable and accessible.
Knowing the fundamentals of each of these mattress kinds will help you continue your quest for the finest mattress.
These mattresses have no coils inside and are entirely made of foam. They provide better-than-average body contouring, pressure relief, and motion isolation, making them ideal for couples and side sleepers. Memory foam is the most popular of the foams used in these mattresses.
A coil-based support system and a few more layers make up an innerspring mattress. While the coils provide some support, pressure relief is generally lacking in innersprings. Their sleeping surface is bouncy, and motion isolation is limited. These are more popular among budget customers due to their reduced price point.
Hybrid mattresses include two main components: an innerspring support core and a large foam comfort system. Foam, latex, and sometimes even a shorter layer of coils can be found in the comfort layers (called micro-coils). These mattresses offer a combination of bounce and contouring with low heat retention, and depending on how they are constructed, they can be a suitable match for sleepers in any posture.
Some people refer to a mattress as all-latex or true-latex if it has latex rubber in all of its layers. We'll just call it a latex mattress for the sake of simplicity. These have excellent bounce and durability, as well as modest contouring. They are a popular choice among eco-conscious shoppers when created from natural and organic latex.
In an airbed, an air chamber serves as the support core of the mattress. A pump is incorporated into the mattress and can be controlled by a smartphone or remote to add or withdraw air at the touch of a button, providing sleepers the most firmness flexibility possible. Airbeds are popular among couples since each side may be adjusted to a different firmness level.
Choosing the right firmness
Because comfort is subjective, it's vital to pick a mattress that feels good to you. The firmness of a bed refers to how hard or soft it is. We use a 1-10 firmness scale to compare choices. It isn't something scientific, but it is helpful in conveying how a mattress feels and who it could be most suited for.
Some people just prefer a softer or firmer mattress, while others may have other issues influencing their mattress choice, such as back or hip trouble. If you're not sure what firmness level is suitable for you, there are a few things you can do to figure it out:
- Consider your weight and sleeping position.
- Consider whether you've ever found yourself wanting for a firmer or softer mattress when sleeping on your existing mattress at home or in a hotel. Most hotel mattresses, for example, are Medium to Medium Firm, which has the broadest appeal.
- Go to a nearby mattress store and try out different beds. Stay on a mattress for at least 10-15 minutes to get a true sense of how comfy it is.
Here’s a chart to help you decide:
|Firmness Scale||Firmness Level||Best For|
|2||Extra Soft||Side sleepers under 60 kilograms|
|3||Soft||Side sleepers under 60 kilograms|
|4||Medium Soft||Sleepers under 60 kilograms; side sleepers under 105 kilograms|
|5||Medium||Back and side sleepers between 60 and 105 kilograms|
|6||Medium Firm||Sleepers between 60 and 105 kilograms; side sleepers over 105 kilograms|
|7||Firm||Side sleepers over 105 kilograms; back and stomach sleepers over 60 kilograms|
|8 -9||Extra Firm||Back and stomach sleepers over 105 kilograms|
If you prefer something harder and firmer, our MattX™ Dual Mattress comes with Artic Cool technology™ that provides better cooling power for a more comfortable and breathable sleep environment all night long.
The MattX™ Dual Mattress from Bedding Affairs
This flippable mattress that has a firmer latex layer on one side, flip it over and the other side is a softer memory foam so you get two mattresses in one and two chances to find the right fit for you. Each side is a different firmness, 7 and 8.5 out of 10.
Choosing the right mattress is crucial to ensure quality sleep as well as to prevent back and joint pain. A good quality mattress lasts a long time and is a great investment for your health and well being. For more info on how to choose the right mattress and the choices of mattress for your budget and preference, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Here at Bedding Affairs, we are eager to help all fellow Singaporeans sleep better!