Traditional Spring Mattress
For years, I have been a fan of the more traditional spring mattress. However, it is important to get one that is not too soft or firm. If the bed is too soft, your body will sink into it and often times this can cause you to have a sore back when you wake up. Too firm and, well, it is like sleeping on a piece of plywood, compressing your hips and shoulders. What you want is a mattress that is both firm and supportive but also includes a soft pillow top. These mattresses can feel very comfortable for several years. As great as traditional spring mattresses can be, make sure to pay attention to how your body feels in the morning. Springs do wear out over time and you’ll notice that what used to be very comfortable will all of a sudden feel like it’s not.
Memory Foam Mattress
What I really like about memory foam mattresses is that they allow your body to sink in, offering soft support in whatever position you choose to sleep. The exception is if you sleep on your stomach. This is never a good position to sleep in. See why here. You can get memory foam mattresses in a traditional flat style or with a base that adjusts multiple ways. The adjustable ones are the best but quite a bit more expensive.
There is probably not a single best mattress for everyone although I lean towards the memory foam for the overall body support and comfort. Either way you go, a key point to remember is you get what you pay for, at least most of the time. A good quality mattress is not cheap.
Do your research, go to the different stores and try out the beds. Don’t feel you have to make a decision in an instant. To get a good feel for how a mattress will feel, you need to lie on it in your sleeping position for several minutes. Pay attention to how your body feels while lying there and again when you get up.
Purchasing a mattress is a decision you will be living with for at least 10 years, with a memory foam mattress much longer, so make sure you're making the right one. But, if despite your best efforts you do wind up with a bed that isn’t just right, don’t be afraid to do an exchange. Many stores offer 30, 60 and 90-day sleep guarantees.
Here’s to a good night’s sleep!