Are you losing sleep deciding on a new mattress? Finding a mattress that you find comfortable and suits your budget can be confusing and time consuming. But, if you know what to look for and seek advice from the Beds N Dreams bedding experts, you will find your perfect night’s sleep.

First, a few questions to consider…

How old is your mattress?

Generally, if your mattress is over 8 years old it’s probably a good idea to consider a new one. There are definitely some mattresses that are able to extend beyond 8 years, but If you’re restless, waking up in pain, not sleeping through the night, or just don’t feel well rested, it may be time to consider replacing your mattress.

What type of mattress is best?

The type of mattress will vary upon personal preference, which often can be the hardest choice to make. For example, you may find a spring mattress supports your spine while a foam mattress feels a bit too solid. There are several types of mattresses to choose from, including: Coil, Memory foam, Latex foam and Pocket spring.

Memory Foam: These mattresses only consist of memory foam. These mattresses are known for their great support, pressure relief, and body contouring. Plus, many newer, more advanced memory foams have been designed with superior cooling properties, creating a much cooler mattress than traditional memory foams. Memory Foam mattresses tend to be best for sleepers who want great hug, body shaping, contour, pressure relief, and support.

Latex: Built exclusively from latex foam, these mattresses are known for their cooling properties and comfort. Latex is known for its great responsiveness, comfort, bounce, and cooling. Latex mattresses tend to be best for sleepers who want great bounce, cooling, and responsiveness.

Coils / Spring: One of the most popular and widely used mattress types. Coil, or innerspring mattresses, have one or more layers of spring coils (generally steel) that provide the support and comfort. As technology advances, the number, types, and layers of coils change. A larger number of coils typically means better comfort and support. Coil mattresses are best for sleepers who want a more traditional coil / spring feel, great bounce, cooling, and strong edge support.

Pillow-top: These mattresses have a layer of soft material either stuffed or sewn into the cover. This works to add extra comfort and cushion for the sleeper. Pillow-tops are best for sleepers who prefer a softer and more cushion comfort. If

Hybrids: Constructed from a combination of latex, memory, polyurethane foams, coils, and / or other materials, these mattresses usually are designed to maximize certain benefits, while also minimizing certain cons. For example, a latex + memory foam hybrid is able to deliver great bounce, cooling, and responsiveness via the latex, but also provide great pressure relief and support from the memory foam. Hybrid mattresses are best for sleepers who want the best of all worlds. Great bounce, support, comfort, and cooling. A good all-round option that is a very good choice for the majority of sleepers.

Adjustable: these beds offer the ability to change the sleeping position of the mattress, usually by elevating the feet and inclining the back. Some even vibrate, heat, and/or massage the sleeper. Adjustable beds tend to be best for sleepers who might suffer from certain medical conditions, older sleepers, snorers, chronic lower back pain, among other scenarios.

How firm should my mattress be?

It all comes down to your preferred sleeping position. A mattress that provides good support simply means that it keeps your spine in proper alignment without creating pressure points. If a mattress does not offer adequate support, you will more than likely wake up sore or in pain.

  • Firm: If you sleep on your stomach, a firm mattress will keep your spine aligned.
  • Medium: If you sleep on your back, it'll provide support for your spine, back and neck while keeping you comfortable.
  • Soft: Great for sleeping on your side because it'll support and contour your body's curves. If you're a side sleeper, a soft mattress will support your body's curves.

What size mattress do I need?

Again, this comes down to personal preference or even your room size that your room can accommodate. Generally, the length of the mattress should be at least 10–15 centimetres longer than the tallest person sleeping on it.

How to test a mattress instore

  • Take your time: Most people need seven to nine hours sleep a night. A couple of minutes test a bed in store isn’t the same experience as sleeping through the night. Lie down for as long as you need.
  • Move about: Roll over, sit up, get in and out of the bed. Ease of movement contributes to comfort. It will take more effort if the mattress is too soft and will feel uncomfortable on your hips and shoulders if it's too firm.
  • Sleep on slats (or a base): Make sure the bed base in the shop is similar to the one you have at home. If you have fixed slats or a hard surface, a soft mattress will feel very different on top of that, rather than the ensemble base it's resting on in the shop.
  • Bring your partner: If you share a bed with someone regularly or every night, bring them along and ask them to lie in the bed and move around. Be aware of how the bed moves on your side when your partner moves.
  • Don't shop tired: All the mattresses will feel great if you're already sleepy!

Ask questions of the salesperson. The Beds n Dreams sales staff are properly trained and generally have years of experience in the bedding industry. Take your time when trialling a mattress in store, and don't be afraid to ask the salesperson to leave you to it.

Ask questions about the display model. The mattress you test in store could have been on display for two days, two weeks or even two months, with hundreds of customers potentially trying them out over that period. This will affect sag, firmness, support and so on.

Size
Measurements (W x L)
Single
92 x 188cm
Single extra long
92 x 203cm
King single
107 x 203cm
Double
137 x 188cm
Queen
153 x 203cm
King
183 x 203cm
Super King
203 x 203cm

Source and for more information: https://www.choice.com.au/home-and-living/bedroom/mattresses/buying-guides/mattresses