If there's one thing we shouldn't underestimate, it's the importance of a proper night's sleep to our overall health and welfare. If you're tossing and turning at night or feel stiff and exhausted when you wake up, an old, worn-out mattress could be the cause.
You never really know a mattress until you lie on it, but we've put together a guide to get you started before you visit the store.
Watch our video for help on selecting the right mattress for you.
|Mattress Type||Support System||The Feel|
|Dual Support Innerspring||Dual innerspring systems include a collection of flexible wire coils within the mattress that balance and conform to your body.||Adjusting springs cradle you as you rest. They balance your body, relieving pressure as there is movement.|
|Pocket Coils with Individually Encased Coils||Pocket coils are springs that are individially wrapped to absorb weight. Weight placed on pocket coils is not distributed to other coils.||Since each coil absorbs weight on its own, sleeping partners tend to experience less motion.|
|Memory Foam||Memory foam was invented by NASA's Ames Research Center during an attempt to relieve gravitational-force pressure on astronauts during liftoff. They created foam that was able to conform to a shape and revert back to its original shape.||As you sleep on this contouring foam, the mattress holds your body shape and you tend to get a firmer sleep.|
|Talalay Latex||Air is extracted from latex foam and the latex is flash-frozen, resulting in an "airier" latex.||Latex foam is elastic, making for a softer, springier mattress.|
|Comfort Level||Build||Best For|
|Firm||Firm mattresses have flat tops with minimal extra padding made from various foams and fibres to give them a firmer feel without sacrificing support from the innerspring. They typically come with edge support for a firmer, comfortable edge.||Firm mattresses are excellent choices for stomach-sleepers and people looking to support larger weights.|
|Plush||Most plush mattresses are constructed with pillow tops that include several layers of foam which contour to the body and reduce pressure points.||Good for both back and side sleepers, this type of mattress is especially advantageous for people with minor to moderate back, neck and shoulder pain.|
|Luxury mattresses feature rich, natural foams and fibres such as latex, cashmire, and viscoelastic foams, designed to provide maximum support throughout the night.||Excellent for back and side sleepers, users experiencing back, neck or shoulder pain, and for people who enjoy the feel of a mattress that cradles the body.|
|Mattress Size||Dimensions||Best For|
|Overall Dimensions: 38" Wide x 75" Long||Twin beds are best for children's rooms, dorm rooms, and small guest rooms.|
|Overall Dimensions: 53" Wide x 75" Long
Width per Person: 26"
|Full beds are good choices for single-sleepers with bedrooms or guest rooms that are too small to accommodate a queen size bed comfortably. A full size bed may be too short for adults over 5'5".|
|Queen||Overall Dimensions: 60" Wide x 80" Long
Width per Person: 30"
|Queen beds are the most popular choices for most adults whether they share a bed or are single-sleepers. Queen beds work well in most master bedrooms and guest rooms.|
|King||Overall Dimensions: 76" Wide x 80" Long
Width per Person: 38"
|King beds are the widest beds commonly available, and are the most comfortable for two adults. King beds require two twin-sized boxsprings, and are best suited to large master bedrooms.|