The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be underestimated. Affecting everything from muscle repair to mental health, the amount and quality of our sleep is a huge determining factor in our health and happiness.
Whether or not you regularly get your 8 hours of shut eye can be determined by many things. Some of these may be slightly out of your control - your snoring partner, or your toddler’s foot in your face, for example.
However, one of the most influential factors on the quality of your sleep is something you have total authority over – your mattress!
If it’s lumpy, sagging, unsupportive or just generally uncomfortable, this will inevitably lead to a substantial reduction in your 40 winks.
As a guideline, you should replace your mattress every 6-8 years. However, you may need to replace it sooner than this if you’re having any issues with it.
In this blog, we discuss the signs that your mattress needs replacing, tips for choosing a new one, and why Tempur mattresses are so expensive! (Spoiler – it’s because they’re totally worth it!)
Signs your mattress needs replacing
As a general rule, you should start to think about replacing your mattress if:
- It’s over 6-8 years old.
- You’re not getting a great night’s sleep.
- You’ve noticed any sagging or damage to your mattress.
- The springs are noisy.
- You find that you sleep better when you’re away from home.
- Asthma or allergies are worse than usual.
- You often wake up feeling stiff or sore.
In summary, if you’re not getting a restful night’s sleep, it’s probably time for a new mattress. But with so many options on the market, and at a range of price points, how do you know which one will be best for you?
How to choose a mattress UK
There are different types of mattress, in various sizes, and with a range of options for firmness. Below, we’ve put together a guide to help you navigate the wonderful world of mattresses!
Types of mattress
Open spring mattress – These are the standard mattresses of your childhood – full of wire springs made from one continuous coil.
They’re the cheapest option, and are lightweight, so they’re easy to turn. However, open spring mattresses are not the most supportive. They should only really be used occasionally as guest bedroom mattresses, or you’ll find yourself needing to replace them regularly.
Pocket spring mattress – These are usually more comfortable than their open spring counterparts, as each spring is housed within its own individual pocket of fabric. This makes them a solid option for couples of differing weights, as you’re less likely to find yourself rolling into each other in the night.
Pocket spring mattresses can be heavier to turn than open spring ones, though. They can also sometimes be filled with materials that may trigger allergies.
However, if you’re looking for a mattress with more breathability than memory foam, a pocket spring mattress may be a good option for you.
Memory foam mattress – Memory foam moulds to your shape, providing good support and relieving pressure on your joints. This makes memory foam mattresses great for anyone who suffers with back pain, as they help with spinal alignment when sleeping on your side. The material also has hypoallergenic properties.
The downsides of memory foam mattresses are that they can get rather warm, and not everyone enjoys the sinking sensation that they provide.
Latex mattress – Great for allergies and asthma, latex mattresses are breathable and durable. However, they’re pretty solid, so only really suited to those who prefer a firmer mattress. They can be heavy and difficult to turn, and you may find that cheaper latex mattresses suffer from lumps and dents over time.
Hybrid mattress – Usually crafted from a combination of memory foam, latex and pocket springs, hybrid mattresses provide a happy balance. Offering comfort and support, breathability, and anti-allergy properties, they’re often heralded as the ultimate in mattress design. However, this is completely subjective, and they’re not for everyone.
All the mattress types listed above come in a range of sizes. Below, you’ll find the UK standard measurements for mattress sizes.
- Small single mattress: 75cm x 190cm
- Single mattress: 90cm x 190cm
- Small double: 120cm x 190cm
- Double: 135cm x 190cm
- King size: 150cm x 200cm
- Super-king size mattress: 180cm x 200cm
- Emperor: 200cm x 202cm
- Large emperor: 215cm x 217cm
Mattress firmness is all down to personal preference, but your sleeping position and weight can offer some insight into your optimum level of mattress firmness.
As a rough guide, if you sleep on your side or change positions frequently during the night, then a soft to medium-soft mattress may be best for you.
Those who prefer to sleep on their back will usually require a medium firm mattress for extra lower back support.
If you sleep on your front, weigh more than 15 stone, or suffer from back pain, a firm mattress is probably your best option, as this will provide the best support.
Why are Tempur mattresses so expensive?
Yes, Tempur mattresses are expensive – there’s no two ways about it. And if cost is the most important factor in your choice of mattress, then a Tempur mattress probably isn’t the best choice for you.
Tempur mattresses are so expensive because you really do get what you pay for.
If you’re all about comfort and quality sleep, or you’re looking for blessed relief from joint or back pain, then you seriously can’t beat a Tempur mattress.
How long do Tempur mattresses last?
Whereas ordinary mattresses need to be replaced every 6-8 years, Tempur mattresses come with a 10 year guarantee.
If your Tempur mattress suffers from any sagging or distortion during the first 10 years, Tempur will replace it, as long as you’ve bought it from an authorised retailer.
Ordinary memory foam can break down over time, causing lumps and bumps. Tempur mattresses, on the other hand, are made from a high-quality visco-elastic material. This is so durable that many customers report that their Tempur mattress lasts much longer than the 10 years guaranteed by the manufacturer.
Every Tempur mattress also comes with a washable cover, allowing you to keep it clean and allergy-free, and protecting your mattress for longer.
Find your dream Tempur mattress at Arighi Bianchi
Now that you’ve read this comprehensive mattress guide, you’re hopefully now feeling more clued up on the best mattress for you.
If you’re now convinced of the benefits of Tempur mattresses and are ready to purchase, we guarantee that you won’t regret it!
Find the perfect Tempur mattress for you at Arighi Bianchi. If you have any questions about their products, don’t hesitate to give their helpful team a call on 01625 613333 or send a message using their online contact form for a swift response.