There are a lot of different factors that ultimately affect how well you sleep at night — comfort, stress and room temperature are just the major ones. But if you really want to get the perfect night’s sleep, then you must start with the basics: your bed. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, then you probably already know there are a lot of options, so how do you choose the right one? The following is a brief review of the four most common categories of mattresses available.

Innerspring mattresses

Innerspring mattresses have been the industry standard for a very long time, and still represent over 80% of the market. They are distinguished from other mattresses by their use of coil springs for support, and the wide variety of materials available for comfort on top. Within the innerspring circle, there are a huge variety of mattresses to choose from, from soft to firm coils, flat to fluffy top materials, and from inexpensive to expensive.


So is this mattress for you? Generally speaking, everyone should be able to find an innerspring mattress that provides a good night’s sleep without the achy morning feeling — it just depends on the firmness.

Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are relatively new, but are rapidly growing in popularity. The foam is known for its ability to mould itself to the shape of your body and support it evenly while you sleep. The pressure of the mattress then becomes spread over a greater portion of the surface area of your body, which reduces the stress on your shoulders, hips and other pressure points.

If you have a hard time getting comfortable at night, experience chronic fatigue or have some type of muscle pain, then memory foam may work well. Another bonus is that memory foam absorbs movement, so you won’t be disturbed by your partner’s tossing and turning. The only thing you have to be wary of, however, is that the foam may make it harder to change positions, and often traps a lot of body heat throughout the night.

Latex mattresses

Believed by some to be the next big thing in the mattress world, latex mattresses are known for providing a firm, bouncy support that is uniform throughout the bed. Fans of latex praise its well-balanced support, long lifespan and allergen resistance, but they are generally quite firm without a lot of variety.

Latex mattresses offer a compelling alternative to memory foam, as they offer all the same support and comfort, but since the foam has a faster recovery time, it’s less “hot” and far easier to change positions. If you have a lot of back pain, you should consider this type of mattress.

Air mattresses

Once reserved for holidays and houseguests, today’s high-end airbeds look and feel similar to innerspring mattresses, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils. The amazing thing about these beds is that their firmness can be personalised by adjusting the amount of air inside, even making different levels of firmness on each side of the mattress!

The obvious advantage of these mattresses is if you and your partner prefer vastly different levels of firmness. Just be careful that you buy one that is better quality and with more sophisticated technology so that you don’t get that annoying “popping up” feeling when pressure is put on the opposite side of the mattress.